July 2: Peonies from Bleecker to Manhattan

During the first half of the 1900s, the Tiedeman and Bleyl families of Bleecker engaged in a unique seasonal business for the area. In conjunction with the J.R. Kervan Company, they shipped a variety of vegetation including lilacs, peonies, cones, and ferns to the New York City company, a wholesale florist who retailed items all over the eastern United States. On 2 July 2012, Bleecker Town Historian Eleanor Brooks, daughter and granddaughter of the families, will present a talk on the peony production aspect of the business, assisted by her siblings, Robert Bleyl and Alice Loux. Please join us for our meeting at 7pm, program to follow.

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