A Country-French Garden with Rooted Inheritance


The rootstock of this peony is probably 100 years old, says Cornay. His wife’s great-great aunt brought it with her when she moved from Missouri to Alabama. He views these flowers as his inheritance, and to keep them from being lost, he roots cuttings and divides rootstocks and gives them to friends, family, and a nearby convent for their gardens. He says these family treasures are best preserved when they’re shared.