Linwood Gardens is home to a distinguished collection of Japanese and American tree peonies created by William H. Gratwick III between 1935 and 1965. Gratwick received degrees in architecture and landscape architecture in college and came back to live at Linwood, his childhood summer home, in 1933. He established a rare plants nursery on the property, raising trees from seed and developing a more hardy variety of boxwood that could endure the harsh winters of western New York.  Along the way, he met A. P. Saunders, a chemistry professor from Hamilton College who introduced him to tree peonies.  Inspired by the beauty of this renowned flower from Asia, Gratwick imported 115 named tree peony cultivars from Japan, as well as 500 Japanese tree peony seeds, trialed the seeds and selected twelve to name and introduce.  Meanwhile, Saunders continued to hybridize new varieties, using species to expand the color range and strengthen other attributes.  Nassos Daphnis, an artist from New York City, was drawn to Linwood to paint the purity and elegance of the tree peony flower. This led to an increased interest in the plant and the lure of creating new tree peony flowers.  He began hybridizing tree peonies in 1945 and is now known for his Daphnis Hybrids. Gratwick continued to raise and propagate the original Japanese imports, the Daphnis and Saunders hybrids, and his own introductions from the original acquisition of the 500 seeds.  Today, this historic collection continues to be cared for and preserved by WHG III's daughter, Lee Gratwick, his granddaughter, Clara Mulligan and his great-granddaughter, Holly Watson.

Below are some of the flowers you will see in the Linwood Garden Collection.


JAPANESE VARIETIES

 Tama fuyo

Tama fuyo

 Hana kisoi

Hana kisoi

 Hinode Tsukasa

Hinode Tsukasa

 ubatama

ubatama

 impumon

impumon

 gessekai

gessekai

 Horakumon

Horakumon

 hira no yuki

hira no yuki

 suisho haku

suisho haku

 Hiow

Hiow


GRATWICK  INTRODUCTIONS

 Guardian of the monastery

Guardian of the monastery

 companion of serenity

companion of serenity

 captian's concubine

captian's concubine

 red rascal

red rascal

 murad of hershey bar

murad of hershey bar

 eve of radiance

eve of radiance

 ezra pound

ezra pound


SAUNDERS HYBRIDS

 chinese dragon

chinese dragon

 gold finch

gold finch

 mystery

mystery

 happy days

happy days

 black pirate

black pirate

 corsair

corsair

 Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

 coronal

coronal

 chinese dragon

chinese dragon

 golden isles

golden isles


DAPHNIS HYBRIDS

 avra

avra

 argonaut

argonaut

 rhea

rhea

 thalia

thalia

 persephone

persephone

 calypso

calypso

 hephestos

hephestos

 gauguin

gauguin

 urania

urania

 maria theresa

maria theresa

 d h lawrence

d h lawrence

 leda

leda


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