Doylestown Nature Club meeting. A New Jersey native, Thom has been a Certified Master Gardener with the Penn State Extension Service for five years. He also completed the horticulture program at the Barnes Arboretum. Thom has written gardening articles for PA Gardener magazine, Morris Arboretum and Penn State Extension Service. His home garden, Goodly Gardens, earned blue ribbon awards in 2018 and 2019. The peony has been revered for millennia for its outstanding floral attractiveness. Here is an opportunity to learn about key plant features and aspects of care that will boost your garden’s beauty.