Chateau CharMarron
Peony Gardens

Home of Monte Carlo Tuscan Olive Oil  

Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens is located in San Jose within the San Francisco Bay Area, high above Milpitas overlooking the Calaveras Reservoir.

View of the Calaveras Reservoir from our farm

We have more than 200 peony varieties under cultivation. Our bloom season begins in early April with tree peonies and continues from late April through early June with our herbaceous peonies. During April, May and June 1-26, garden visits are welcomed everyday: open 9am-6pm except Wednesday open 8am-10am.We are also available other times  of the year by appointment or if you are feeling lucky just drop by as we are working in the gardens throughout the year. Bare root shipping is only available from Aug 15 - Dec 31. Potted plants are available all year at our gardens. Please contact us for an appointment or variety availability or map & directions. While enjoying your visit to our gardens, sample our wonderful Tuscan Olive Oil.

Look for our Peony Farm listing in the April 2010 issue of
Sunset Magazine in an article about peonies.


Our Peony Garden

The Mighty Mo    Paula Fay    August Dessert    Martha Bullock    Avalanche  

We began as a tall bearded iris grower but because of the great interest that our visitors had in our collection of herbaceous peonies, in 2002 we began offering herbaceous peonies too. The demand for our new nursery products increased and in 2006 we started to import tree peonies from China to the delight of our many customers. Now with 200 varieties of herbaceous and tree peonies growing, we offer mature 3-9 eye divisions of herbaceous peonies in 5 gal. containers and 2-4 year tree peonies any time of the year at the garden or for shipping bare root only in the fall.  We provide cut-your-own fresh flowers here at the garden only during our peak bloom season in May. It is quite spectacular when our garden is in bloom with over 1000 peony plants.
Chestine Gowdy Link to our Herbaceous Peony web site
Information on growing Peonies
ShimaNishiki Link to our Tree Peony web site  Information on growing Tree Peonies
 Bartzella (Itoh)    

Qi Hua Lu Shuang Pricing, Ordering & Shipping Peonies

Our Iris Garden

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We have come to the end of our 15 year history as an iris garden!
We would like to thank all of you who are growing our irises and Happy
Bloom Time to you all. We have decided to put all of our energies into
our 10-year old peony garden which provides wonderful cut flower varieties
of herbaceous peonies and provides a unique collection of the National
Flower of China, tree peonies.

We will keep this link to our iris web site available for a quick reference
to the iris varieties that have been grown at our nursery but no longer available.

Growing Irises Information

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