Q. I would like to place an order for 12 peony rings but am wondering if I can have them shipped? Thanks so much!
The beautiful peony stands at NYBG were made by Bob Keating’s Metal Works and you can order the supports from the manufacturer(http://www.bobkeatingsupports.com/garden-supports.html). It is important to note that the manufacturer ships his peony supports unpainted. They arrive with a black coating that is simply carbon from the forging process. Gradually, the carbon wears off and the supports begin to rust, eventually becoming a uniform, deep brown color that looks quite at home in the garden. While a gardener may panic when they begin to see the rusting process, it passes fairly quickly and once the supports achieve the uniform brown color they stabilize.
At NYBG the supports have been painted with a coating of anti-rust paint but it requires upkeep that most home gardeners are not looking for. The manufacturer suggests that you skip this annual chore and embrace the natural, brown color.
The NYBG Shop in the Garden occasionally has these supports available.You can contact them firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.