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In Bloom: Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens

For a scenic trip of peonies and Milpitas views drive up Calaveras Road to Chateau CharMarron this season while everything is in bloom.

Springtime means dozens of varieties of peonies are in bloom at Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens, a nursery that's only open a few months each year. Tucked away in the Milpitas foothills up Calaveras Road, visitors will be rewarded with views of the reservoir and the fragrance and beauty of the gardens itself.

Owner Marcia Reed can be found walking around the farm, assisting customers, while her husband, Charles, has a olive orchard on the grounds from which he produces olive oil. Pick up a few bottles or 5-gallon buckets of peonies as a souvenir of your trip. 

Chateau CharMarron is located at 5335 Sierra Road, San Jose, 95132. Website: is www.4peonies.com, visitors are welcome 9 a.m.-6 p.m., except Weds., when their hours are 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Jackie April 16, 2011 at 06:20 PM
The peonie is very beautiful. love the macro shot of the bee! Very well written! Jackie
R. Thorn April 16, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Chateau CharMarron accepts cash & check payments only. :)
Sue Simmons April 17, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Great pictures - the colors are so vibrant. I love peonies!! I'm very impressed Sue
R. Thorn April 17, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Sue, So glad you like the photos, I enjoyed taking them! :)
R. Thorn April 17, 2011 at 04:57 AM
Jackie, I agree with you, the peonies are beautiful and the fragrance is captivating. I am happy you enjoyed the photos! :)

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