There is an amazing peony garden in Council Bluffs. It’s located on Old Lincoln Hwy or N Broadway, directly across the street from Kimball Park. There is a large sign that says “Pee Wee Gardens – Flowers and More Since 94.”
I googled this name and found a story about Oscar Kilnoski, the man most likely behind this garden. According to the article, Oscar’s first establishment, the Pee Wee Store, opened in 1940 where he sold everything from candy to appliances.
Oscar died in 2003 but his peonies continue to live on long after his death.
His son Bud Kilnoski was quoted in the article saying Oscar was a “master gardener who especially liked peonies. He would spend hours cultivating these flowers and he took great pride in doing this.”
What a wonderful legacy. If any of my local master gardener friends know more about this story, please comment below! It’s not every day when you Google something and you can’t find much information. I would love to include more info on Mr. Kilnoski or this peony garden if anyone can help.
The last line in the article is Bud saying that his father “had a good life.”
Here is a Google map of the area if you are going to try to find it. It’s that blank spot right across the street from Kimball Park. Pee Wee Gardens, 2400 N. Broadway.