About Us

Alaska Perfect Peony started growing peony for the cut flower market in 2006. Our family arrived in Alaska in 1966. In 1968 we purchased our first 14 acres at the End of The Road and fixed up the existing abandoned log cabin originally built in 1947. With no running water or electricity it was a bit of a challenge with 4 little ones but the memories are good. We were able to get electricity before the year was out but for 5 years we learned how to melt snow, find at least 3 uses for every drop of water and we chopped a lot of ice from Fritz Creek hauling tanks of water pumped from the creek back to the cabin.

Homestead            Original Homestead

Our farm now consists of approximately 27 acres as we have purchased the surrounding properties over the years.  In 1996 we opened Fritz Creek Gardens, a retail garden center that specialized in over 500 varieties of Alaska Hardy® perennials, trees, shrubs, roses and vines.  As the peony fields matured and expanded we decided to concentrate solely on the peony business and sold the nursery to Danny Stanislaw, owner of Dutch Boy Landscaping.

Rita Jo traveled to New Zealand twice and worked there to learn the growing and harvesting aspects of the peony cut flower business. Since that time, she has traveled widely studying growing, harvesting, packing and marketing techniques.

My Husband Leroy and I were very pleased when our Son, Shannon, who lives next door to the farm, decided to take an interest in the peony production. Up to that point, Leroy and I thought of the peony portion of our operations as our late retirement buffer and only planted out 3,500 tubers. When Shannon came on board we changed our prospective completely. We have about 15,000 tubers in the ground now and with the neighboring farms bringing in their peonies, we have a very large number of stems to offer our customers.

Leroy and Shannon owned and operated Shoultz and Son Construction for 40 years and Leroy comes from a farming family. These talents are now being used to build pack houses, irrigation systems and clearing and preparing new fields.
Rita Jo has a background in Commercial Real Estate Development with 30 years of retail marketing experience.

Rita Jo in her gardens
Rita Jo in her gardens.

"I want to thank you again for helping to make my daughter's wish of having peonies at her August wedding in Ontario come true."
- Kim Nicolle

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Contact Us

Alaska Perfect Peony
Box 15226,
55640 East End Road
Fritz Creek, AK 99603

Phone: (907) 235-8116
Cell: (907) 299-0261
Fax: (888) 304-6366
Click here to email us!

Rita Jo was invited to the White House for the Champions Of Change for the Future of Agriculture.
Rita Jo was invited to the White House for the Champions Of Change for the Future of Agriculture.
During the visit she had the opportunity to film for TV the Alaska Report with Senator Lisa Murkoski with of  course peony bouquets.
During the visit she had the opportunity to film for TV the Alaska Report with Senator Lisa Murkoski with of course peony bouquets.
A trip to DC without a visit with Congressman Don Young would be unacceptable.
A trip to DC without a visit with Congressman Don Young would be unacceptable.
A wonderful surprise. After the Champions of Change ceremony Rita Jo was invited to visit with Krysta Harden, Deputy Director of USDA.
A wonderful surprise. After the Champions of Change ceremony Rita Jo was invited to visit with Krysta Harden, Deputy Director of USDA.
Where did all the peony bouquets come from? Checked luggage of 400 peonies and kept them in my hotel bath tub.
Where did all the peony bouquets come from? Checked luggage of 400 peonies and kept them in my hotel bath tub.
Another surprise-The set for Rita Jo’s TV appearance on Fox 45 in Baltimore.
Getting the hang of the TV thing—Rita Jo at Channel 11 Daybreak Show in Anchorage.
With a 300% increase in stems cut for the season, our cooler was busting at the seams. New coolers under construction for 2015 season.
With a 300% increase in stems cut for the season, our cooler was busting at the seams. New coolers under construction for 2015 season.
Packed boxes headed for the special occasions all over the USA and Canada awaiting pick up by Fed Ex .
Packed boxes headed for the special occasions all over the USA and Canada awaiting pick up by Fed Ex .
Farmers Market
Farmers Market
Shannon sorting peony shipment for new growers.
Shannon sorting peony shipment for new growers.
Taking Mom  Evelyn on a cruise for her 93rd birthday.
Taking Mom Evelyn on a cruise for her 93rd birthday.
Getting around the farm when you are 93.
Getting around the farm when you are 93.
Daughter Sabrina and Luis getting married in our gardens.
Daughter Sabrina and Luis getting married in our gardens.
Of course there were peonies.
Of course there were peonies.
Wedding cake and bouquet.
Wedding cake and bouquet.
Great grand kids and friends on best behavior.
Great grand kids and friends on best behavior.
Kade, Isabella, Dylan.
Kade, Isabella, Dylan.
Great Grandpa Leroy and Isabella.
Great Grandpa Leroy and Isabella.
Five Generations of great women - Rita Jo, Evelyn, Sabrina, Chelsey and Isabella
Five Generations of great women - Rita Jo, Evelyn, Sabrina, Chelsey and Isabella
Family Farm—everyone helps out at one time or another.
3rd and 4th generation.
3rd and 4th generation.
The newest addition to our family - William Thurmond.
The newest addition to our family - William Thurmond.
Going back to NZ for more experience. Judy Banks of Omeo Peonies in NZ teaching how and when to cut the stems for shipping.
Going back to NZ for more experience. Judy Banks of Omeo Peonies in NZ teaching how and when to cut the stems for shipping.
A hard day of deadheading in New Zealand.
A hard day of deadheading in New Zealand.
Shoultz Christmas in Homer with peony from NZ.
Shoultz Christmas in Homer with peony from NZ.
Rita Jo giving back as President of Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau.
Rita Jo giving back as President of Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau.
Helping out at the Homer High School Greenhouse.
Helping out at the Homer High School Greenhouse.
The peony program—Planting Peony in downtown Homer Businesses—Potting them for growing in greenhouse .
Allan Armitage in our gardens.
Allan Armitage in our gardens.
Just Hanging out at the lake.
Just Hanging out at the lake.
It’s the old Fritzie (dog) Neko (cat) standoff in the snow.
Anybody know what time the bank opens?
Anybody know what time the bank opens?
Who wouldn’t love to work in these peony fields?
Aerial view of our farm.
Aerial view of our farm.
Clearing the Fields
Clearing the Fields
Clearing the Fields
Clearing the Fields
Wedding in our Peony Fields
Wedding in our Peony Fields
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