By Ben Gowen
the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the American Peony
Society, I thought it would be of great interest to
learn about some of the Minnesota peony pioneers that
contributed so much to the peony world.
F. BRAND - Faribault, MN
(1844-1921) He established
a nursery at Richland, MN in the spring of 1867, which
was moved in 1868 to Faribault. (Brand Peony Farms) Oliver
Brand retired in 1911. Some varieties introduced by O.F.
Brand and A.M. Brand: Brand's Magnificent, Chestine
Gowdy, David Harum, Frances Willard, Judge Berry, Longfellow,
Martha Bulloch, Mary Brand, Richard Carvel, and Ruth
M. BRAND - Faribault, MN
Son of O.M. Brand. Archie Brand became actively involved
in the nursery in 1899, when the name was changed to
O.F. Brand and Son. Some A.M. Brand varieties include:
Blanche King, Dr. John L. Crenshaw, Ella Christensen,
Hansina Brand, Henry St. Clair, Krinkled White, Mrs.
A.M. Brand, Myrtle Gentry, Prairie Afire, and Ruth
Elizabeth. APS Awards: Mrs. A.M. Brand, in 1925 and
Hansina Brand in 1946.
GENRTY - Faribault, MN
Miss Gentry, a former schoolteacher hired by A.M.Brand
in 1918 to run his nursery office, became a business
partner in 1919. Upon Mr. A.M. Brand's death in 1953,
Ms. Gentry became the sole owner until 1956 when she
sold the business to the Tischler brothers.
TISCHLER - Faribault, MN
Mr. Tischler along with his brother, Archie (now deceased)
became owners of Brand Peony Farm in 1956. Mr. Robert
Tischler sold the business in 1976 to Farmers Seed
and Nursery Company. He retained rights to all unnamed
seedlings, and started Tischler Peony Garden in Faribault,
MN. Some Tischler varieties include: Douglas Brand,
Elsie Pickett, Fantastic, Kay Tischler, Myra MacRae,
Myrtle Tischler (Franklin-Tischler), Terry Grudem,
Willford Johnson, Wm. Pickett. He was well known for
distributing and popularizing the double fern leaf
peony. APS Gold Medal for Myra MacRae in 1998.
B. FRANKLIN - Minneapolis, MN
(1858-1944) Operated the Franklin
Nursery. His son, Loren (1893 - 1985) continued the
Franklin Nursery until his retirement in 1960. Some
Franklin varieties include: A.B. Franklin, A.M. Slocum,
Blushing Beauty, Edith Scovell, Ivory White, Majestic
Rose, Prima Donna, Resplendent, Shirley J., and The
Admiral. APS Gold Medal for A.B. Franklin in 1933.
H. LINS - Cologne, MN
(1894-1967)Operated the Lins Glad
and Peony Farm. Some Lins varieties include: Burma,
Casablanca, Dolorodell, Gardenia, Festival Queen, Marcella,
Mary L., Paul Bunyan, Ramona Lins, and Valencia. APS
Gold Medal for Dolorodell in 1984.
to Susan Brand Weiczorek, Minnesota Peony Society historian,
for the historical information gleaned in part from
the Best of 75 Years, APS publication edited by Greta