A few months ago, I somehow came across an event on Facebook for a Peony Workshop. I thought, that sounds interesting and it is my favorite flower. It is at a place out in the country about two hours away called Pharsalia. I had never heard of it before, but after a quick peek at their website, I decided to sign up. Sounded good to me, plus I figured it would be a pretty location.
Yea, it was pretty. I can’t emphasize enough how gorgeous it turned out to be. Blue Ridge Mountains all around, gentle rolling hills, impeccably landscaped, an old plantation house, fields of flowers, beautiful birds flitting around, horses, a pool, and so on. It really was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It is a photographer’s dream and I had to struggle to pay attention because I was so distracted by every beautiful corner of the property.
Now that we are lucky enough to have kids, I have tried to become a tourist at home, as our international travels aren’t as feasible. There is so much to see and do here in Virginia and I really feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place. But, I intentionally seek out opportunities and research new and interesting places to visit. I especially love agritourism related activities. Next up on our list are visiting a goat farm and picking strawberries.
It was such a fun day for me! And, Erick was such a good sport about the whole thing and was a huge help. He was the only man there and the owner was so excited about that. Foxie, the owner, taught us all about growing peonies, cutting them, arrangement tips and about complementary greenery and flowers on the property to use.
My finished arrangement.
And, lunch was too pretty to eat with edible flowers of course, but I did anyway and it was delicious — spring mix salad, asparagus quiche and pea soup.
After it was over, we went to visit a nearby waterfall and checked out a new winery. Stay tuned for those posts.