The family reunion at the Peony Garden, which was started by our ancestors

R.Ural Trumpet – The family who created the Warren Pioni Garden near Trumpet visited the Memorial Day on Monday and walked through the famous Peony Rows.

Now known as the Sujutz Pioni Gardens, the land has a history of 1893 when Herbert F. Warren started farming.

Warren’s grandson Larry Olsen, of Omaha, collects stories from his grandparents’ peony gardens.

“I was always amazed at how Herbert Warren had the vision to create such a beautiful garden in central Nebraska,” Olson said. “The hard work involved in planting and caring for flowers was unusual. The result of that effort is part of the Warren family heritage – a common heritage through the Warren Piones.

Herbert Warren was born on January 23, 1868, the seventh of nine children to George and Julia Warren in Illinois. His parents occupied his home in 1872, six miles northwest of Harvard.

As a child, Herbert worked on a farm and in a nursery. He attended District 37 for a few months of the year and attended Harvard High School for a short time while not working on the farm.

Herbert, a Missouri nursery, gave George three plants that would begin his love for the peony. At the age of 12, his son began developing new peonies.

Herbert married Cora Keller in Harvard on March 27, 1892. They built their first home on a farm halfway between Trump and Harvard and grew wheat and corn until a severe drought hit the area and they lost their farm.

A.D. Early in 1893, Warrence bought 160 acres[160 ha]of land in Admass County, one and a half miles[1.5 km]south of what is now Pioni Gardens. The family first lived in a corn bed, then in a garbage can, and finally added two rooms above the ground.

The hills and the Big Blue River made it difficult to cultivate the land, so two years later they sold 120 hectares of land to the original owner. On the remaining 40 acres[40 ha]of land, Herbert made a living by selling apples, potatoes, and poultry, along with sand and gravel.

Herbert continued his interest in peonies and established peony gardens, covering 18 acres[18 ha]. He and his family took care of the plants and built flower beds on the hill.

In 1912 he produced dozens of peonies. Five years later, that number has grown to 112 species. It also sells flax, iris, tulip, hexins, crocuses, columns, and violets.

A.D. During its heyday in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the peony gardens attracted thousands of visitors each year and gained national attention.

When Cora died in 1945, Herbert’s health deteriorated and the land was sold to John Hilger that same year. Herbert died three years later and was buried at Harvard Cemetery.

Hilger focused on the field rather than the flowers, and the rows of flowers eventually sprouted with weeds and brushes. Concrete markers that identify certain species are broken and destroyed.

A.D. In 1965, Howard and Carol Hollen bought the farm and worked for many years to bring some former exhibitors back to Warren Pioni Gardens. The Hohlens bought new varieties to add to the Warren peonies to start the flowering season earlier and further. Howard spent decades working to restore and reproduce his followers.

After Carol’s death and Howard’s deteriorating health, most of the labor required to hire a peony, and sometimes the plants did not receive the attention they needed to grow.

A.D. In 2010, Howard decided to sell the farm, and Scott and Nicki Sujutts bought the land to build a house for them and their two sons, Harrison and Preston.

Sgbɔes decided to protect the peony gardens and decided to decorate the gardens every weekend with traditional tombstones for traditional artists.

According to Olsen, Sgbɔes have done a good job of preserving the garden’s heritage.

“As a family, we are very grateful to the Sutsues family for their care,” Olsen said. “Indeed, they are continuing the institution itself and the history on that land. It makes our family very happy.

Olson grew up on a farm south of Pioni’s backyard, and he remembers going to school almost every day in Trump. Each Memorial Day, his parents took him to the garden to buy peonies to decorate the family tomb.

Although the family is scattered throughout the United States, they regularly hold family gatherings.

The family gathered at Aurora Coles Park for a memorial day on Monday. Then, some relatives traveled by car to visit the peony gardens near Trump.

“It connects our generations, and it connects us to the peony gardens,” Olson said. “That is something special that our cousins’ children enjoy very much.”

Herbert’s granddaughter, Sharon Nesbit, is a retired newspaper columnist in Oregon, and they meet Olsen while the two compare notes on family history.

She had no recollection of Peony’s gardens, but wanted to travel to meet Olson and the rest of the family.

She visited her family once when she was 5 years old. Her next trip was to the area 15 years ago. She was standing at the family grave on the way, but she was just passing by.

“I thought I should come at least once,” she said. “My grandparents are very happy that I did this.”

She remembers the family sharing stories around the dinner table. Both of her grandparents left Nebraska for Oregon after years of great anxiety and dustbins.

Her grandmother was very interested in raising the peony.

Nisbit: “I grew up hearing those stories all my life. “I’ve always been a storyteller, so I remember most of them.”

Verda Frison is the granddaughter of Herbert, who lives in Aurora and has been to the garden three or four times. She remembers using peonies from the garden at her wedding, and found a florist who forced them to bloom on May 25.

She says her relationship with Peony is growing stronger and she appreciates the family’s efforts to start a garden, to cultivate Addis Ababa, and to live in the harsh Nebraska climate.

“The new owners have done a great job of clearing the field and turning it into beautiful gardens,” Frisson said. “It’s so fun to be able to pick these beautiful flowers and prepare them into beautiful arrangements to take home and enjoy.”

Warrence’s granddaughter, Cheryl Crisner, lives in Makkuk and visits the gardens several times, especially on Memorial weekends.

“I remember being surprised when I learned that my great-grandfather (Harley Warren) was on one of the stone signs of the peonies growing in the garden,” she says. “And I just remember breathing the scent of the flowers.”

Chrisner and her family traveled last year. She loves to keep in touch with her ancestors, even if they are not physically in touch.

“I find it encouraging that this beautiful thing is part of our heritage,” she said. Most of us have one or more peony shrubs from the garden.

Chrysler’s eager to see her peony planted in the corner of the yard and blooming year after year.

Su Thomas, granddaughter of Warrence, now living in Omaha, has a deep red peony that her aunt planted years ago in her backyard. She says licensing laws prohibit the sale of the species, but she is happy to have those plants and her home.

And peonies are distributed over family members.

Thomas recalls his early days at Hastings College, with Dean confirming that he knew everyone was coming from Warren Pioni Gardens, a large peony bed just east of Taylor Hall.

Thomas visited more gardens than he could count and thanked the Sutsues for keeping the story.

“We are proud of Pione Rose when we visit Warns about the historical needs of the Sujutes family, the persistence of plant care, the wonderful additions to the farm, and the generous time and attention,” Thomas says. “Ever since the purchase and maintenance of the Pioni Gardens, we have visited many times. I was thrilled the year I was able to take two of my grandchildren and Aunt Margin to Pioni Garden to relive the memory of my mother watching my grandchildren running around the peony.




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