Sunday, March 9, 2014

Peonies Grown In Michigan

Bridgewater Gardens is a Michigan peony farm located in Southeast Michigan not too far from Ann Arbor, MI. The inspiration for our farm comes from the 5 acre peony garden at the U of M Nichols Arboretum. We modeled  our first peony garden after a visit there in 1995.   After that we kept expanding the garden and adding more varieties of peonies. 

In 2002 we had peonies coming out our ears and did not know what to do with them all.  We decided to call some local florists and restaurants to see if they wanted to buy some.  Almost everyone we called wanted to buy some or our beautiful peony flowers.  The next winter we set up a website and figured out how to ship the peonies overnight.

We have planted more and more peony plants each fall since then and today we have somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 plants.  We have literally lost count at this point.

Our customers include wedding florists and brides and their wedding parties.  
We have also shipped peonies for funerals and we have some regular customers who purchase peonies for their own enjoyment each year.

Each year we have many brides who are having DIY wedding flowers come to pick up their peonies wedding flowers. Sometime if the bride is too busy she will send her family or friends to pick up the peony flowers and that is fine too.

Our peony season in Michigan is the month of June although some years we have flowers in late May and sometimes the peonies season will go into the first week of July.

We are a very easy driving distance of about one hour from Detroit, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Dearborn, Jackson, and even Toledo, Ohio.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Peonies Wedding Flowers

Fresh peonies wedding flowers are available from Bridgewater Gardens in Saline, Michigan for June 2014 weddings.   Please visit our website or contact us.

Trends in weddings come and go. Wedding flowers, dresses, accessories and cake flavors all take turns at the top of the list as changes in tastes and styles wander from year to year. This year, one of the most classic, traditional flowers is back in vogue, the Peony flower. This wonderful bloom has been spotted all over the country in weddings as diverse as they come, from traditional to unconventional, romantic to quirky. They have also been used widely in celebrity weddings, solidifying their trending popularity. But what makes a Peonies wedding so popular and outstanding?  

People throughout the last 2000 years have been drawn to this magical flower for it's gorgeous looks and medicinal properties. Peonies have been painted, weaved into tapestries and sculpted for centuries as their beauty is inspirational and undeniable. Peonies are a gorgeous flower with feminine, fluffy blooms that are extremely full and fragrant. The ruffled petals are jam packed in each head, making a wide, stunning bloom. Colors are romantic, ranging from fresh white to deep crimson and everywhere in between.  A single peony can fill out an entire arrangement, and the buds can be used for whimsical decorations in bouquets, centerpieces and even boutonnieres for the men.  These flowers are perfect to add romance to any wedding, and especially fit in well with vintage inspired weddings, another huge trend in the bridal world.  Vintage touches and Peonies go hand in hand as the blooms inspire classic, traditional images of femininity and primness.  

Another reason Peonies weddings have surged in popularity is due to the flower's ease of use in decoration.  They mix well with other traditional wedding flowers, and their large faces help to add dimension and richness to mixed bridal bouquets, making them look fuller even with less flowers. This can help you save money as arrangements can look lavish and full with less flowers overall.  Also, the wide array of romantic colors available mix well with any color theme. These flowers are easily handled and stored, and their long stems make them ideal even for DIY brides that plan on creating their own bouquets. Unblossomed buds can also be used to add a unique decorative touch to arrangements.  

For the DIY bride, peonies as a wedding flower is ideal.  They can be ordered and delivered directly from Bridgewater Gardens to your personal wedding florist that will add them to your floral arrangements, or to your own work area for you to arrange before your big day. 

Bridgewater Gardens offers the freshest, most outstanding Peony blooms, and they are expecting a magnificent crop this year as they flourish when the Michigan winter is frigid, as this winter has been.  Orders are shipped directly from the peony grower, and they are cut and shipped the same day to ensure the highest quality, freshest peonies possible.  If you're looking for a way to add class, femininity and romance to your wedding, especially if you'd like to arrange your own bouquets, peonies wedding arrangements are in a class all their own.  Consider using these fragrant, lavish flowers for stunning bouquets and arrangements.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 Peonies Season

The 2014 Peonies Season is almost here! Bridgewater Gardens is officially taking orders for peonies wedding flowers for June 2014 weddings. Since the peony flower bloom is very dependent on the weather we are taking orders for weddings or other special events that take place starting on June 7 and going through June 28.

It is very possible that we will have some peonies flowers available earlier and later than these dates but it is impossible to predict. To see our previous years peony bloom dates please see our peony page If you scroll down a few screens you will see the peony bloom dates for about the past ten years.   Please note that we still need to add the peony bloom dates for 2013 and will do this soon.

Peonies flowers need at least 600 hours of below freezing temperatures each winter in order to make nice peony flowers. We have had a brutally freezing cold winter this year with tons of snow so we are expecting some fantastic peonies this year. In fact this is our worst Michigan winter in probably at least 25 or 30 years. Living through the Michigan winters is worth it when you can see the peonies bloom in June each year.

If you need flowers for your Michigan wedding and are in driving distance of the Ann Arbor area then you are welcome to pick up your peonies and there are no shipping costs.  We are located:

  • 15 minutes southwest of Ann Arbor
  • 1 hour west of Detroit
  • 1 hour north of Toledo
  • 1 hour east of Jackson
Each year many of our brides do pick up their wedding peonies.  We can have them ready in 5 gallon buckets when you arrive.   For Michigan cities that are not within driving distance we can also ship Fedex overnight to Michigan locations.  Fedex charges within Michigan start at about $35 for delivery or 3 or 4 dozen flowers by 10:30am the next day to most cities within Michigan.  For quantities larger than 3 or 4 dozen the cost goes up a few dollars per dozen.

For the 2014 peony season we will begin shipping peonies for weddings starting on Wed. June 4 for arrival on Thursday June 5. Our last peony deliveries will go out on Wed. June 25 for June 28 weddings. Our peony delivery dates are subject to change based on weather conditions so just check with us as your wedding date approaches.

The best ways to get in touch with us to get a quote for your peonies wedding flowers is to use the contact form on our website.  Or send us e-mail at info at bridgewatergardens dot com