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A floral extravaganza (with photo gallery)

Peonies provide an annual explosion of fragrant pink at Lincoln family’s Hildene mansion in Manchester

The “Hildene” peony was registered with the American Peony Society in 2010.
The “Hildene” peony was registered with the American Peony Society in 2010.
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In the spring of 1907, her heart broken by a painful divorce, Jessie Lincoln, the 31-year-old granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln, got down on her knees, put her hands in the dirt and planted a garden of luscious pink peonies. “When Jessie Lincoln put in her garden, she knew exactly what she wanted. Jessie loved peonies,” says Paula Maynard, press director at Hildene, the Lincoln family’s home in Manchester, Vt. Jessie’s design for the formal garden ...


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