Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Annual Flower Show and AGM


Saturday, June 6 and Sunday 7. Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa’s City Hall will be ablaze with beauty when the Canadian Peony Society (CPS) holds its annual show.
The event opens Saturday at 1pm until 4pm and re-opens Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The public is invited to this free exhibit of hundreds of peony blooms. 
Local gardeners are invited to enter the competition.
www.peony.ca or blainemarchand@hotmail.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

President's Message

by David Maltby

Preparations are proceeding smoothly for our national show and AGM at Ottawa on June 6th & 7th and the regional and provincial shows at  St-Hyacinthe, Oshawa, Regina and for the first time,
Castlegar In June, I will be welcoming Tom Harris to assume the responsibilities of President. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the members of the CPS who contribute to making the Canadian Peony Society a success. First and foremost are the members of our Board of Directors and
those in our Society who have assumed positions of responsibility including Marvin Belfour as Treasurer, Blaine Marchand as Newspaper Editor, Reiner Jakubowski as Membership Secretary, Margaret Sequiera as Blog and Root Sale Coordinator, and Bill Wegman as our Seed Chair. In addition, there are the volunteers who translate Paeonia Nordica and proofread the articles. The Canadian Peony Society functions by the contributions of many.
The Board has undertaken a number of initiatives including revising and updating our Constitution and Bylaws. The CPS website is being overhauled, revamped and updated. The design division of our Show appears to be becoming an integral part of our peony show. As always, the review of the ways to cultivate and develop interest in peonies and our society is an ongoing project and was supported by the strategic review undertaken by the Board a few years ago. All of these projects are ongoing
and the result of the work by the Board members and others to have them come to fruition.
Again, I recommend and encourage everyone to participate in the local and the national shows. It is
wonderful opportunity to meet other peony growers and enthusiasts from across the country. I encourage everyone to take the time and participate. I repeat the concluding remarks from my
February 2015 message, which is I look forward to seeing you in Ottawa. ��

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

APS President’s Message

By Scott Parker, WPS Director and APS President

One of my favorite things to do each winter is to check out all of the new peony and plant offerings in the garden catalogues and on the web. A large number of peony growers already have sent out their catalogues and updated their web sites with their 2015 offerings. Each year I put together my Must Have List- peonies that I cannot live without and my Wish List- peonies that I would like to add to
my gardens, but …… The only problem is that my Must Have List tends to be a lot larger than my Wish List. It’s just another sign that the bite of the peony bug has infected me with a very severe case of peony addiction.
I try and place my herbaceous peony and tree peony orders as soon as possible since the rarer  varieties sell out very fast and tend not to be available for several years.  Tree peony availability can vary widely from year to year since there a number of factors that affect the grafting process. Based on my experience some peony varieties are more vigorous growers than other varieties so they will be ready to be divided in 3 years while others can take 5 or more years to grow into a dividable
plant/clump. A number of hybrid varieties tend to have one large neck that connects the crown to the root system which makes dividing them extremely difficult and results in very few saleable divisions. Thus, some varieties are not offered as often since it takes them more years than other varieties to reestablish themselves into a dividable plant/clump. So if you have not placed your peony and plant orders yet do so as soon as possible or you might be regretting it for a number of years.
The general, public’s knowledge of peonies and the different varieties of peonies is very limited. In general, they tend to think that all peonies are pink, white or red in color and their flowers lie on the ground if not supported by some type of mechanical support such as a cage. APS was organized exclusively for education and scientific purposes, especially to promote, encourage and foster the development and improvement of the genus Paeonia and public interest therein. Thus, in 2008,
APS members created the Award of Landscape Merit (ALM), which is conferred on varieties which need no mechanical support to support their blooms, have superior ornamental value, an appealing appearance in the landscape throughout the growing season, and perform reliably across North America. In 2014, the ALM was conferred on “Garden Lace”, “Gay Paree”, and “Sword Dance”. Currently the ALM has been conferred on 40 peony varieties, which are posted on the APS web
site under the Awards- Award of Landscape Merit The American Peony Society’s National Convention will be May 13-17, 2015 at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky. The Convention will offer Parts I and II of the Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) Judges Training Workshop, guided tours of the Whitehall Mansion and Gardens, the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, and Sue Grafton’s Famous Crime Novelist gardens, located on her 1912 estate.
The highlight of each APS National Convention is the APS flower show, open for public viewing Saturday afternoon. In addition, there will be presentations on the peonies which have received the Award of Landscape Merit, how to use peonies in floral design and how to take quality flower pictures, given by a professional photographer.
At the APS banquet on Saturday evening will be a short presentation by Allen Bush of Jelitto Perennial Seeds. The AGM will be followed by an auction of peonies from the rarest of the rare to the time proven and tested. The APS flower show will reopen for Sunday viewing.
I would like to send my best wishes for the Canadian Peony Society Show, June 6-7, in Ottawa. I envy those attendees who will be able to tour the peony gardens at the Central Experimental Farm (CEF), which has one of the largest collections of A.P. Saunders’ introductions. ��

Thursday, May 7, 2015

voici les semis de 2002 et de 2004 un très beau résultat



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Peterborough Garden Show 2015 Apr 2,3 & 4

Welcome
We have combined the resources of the Peterborough Horticultural Society, the Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners and the annual Peterborough Garden Show to provide a comprehensive source of information for gardeners. 
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A Day for Gardeners
The Master Gardeners are presenting a new course. Come and join us for a day of gardening information. Find more about it here>.
Help with Gardening
With gardening articles and links to external resources, you will find any information you need to garden in our area. Included are local events and ways to meet other gardeners.
Become a Master Gardener
If you are interested in learning more about gardening and share this knowledge with others as a volunteer, you might like to become a Master Gardener. You can contact the Coordinator by email.
Ask Us Your Gardening Questions
If you have a question about gardening and cannot find the answer on our site, ask the Master Gardeners.


For more details on the show visitwww.peterboroughgardenshow.com
2014 Peterborough Garden Show
It was a great party. More than 8000 people enjoyed the best show ever. 

See You at the 2015 Show
The Peterborough Horticultural Society and the Peterborough Master Gardeners are proud to again present expert speakers, informative demonstrations and many exciting exhibitors. Come and get practical garden advice, see new plants and trends and get much needed head start on spring. Your attendance helps us fulfill our goals of protecting and improving the community environment and supporting local students in their horticultural studies.
We are just about ready for the 2015 show on April 2, 3, and 4, 2015. This year to help with parking, we are providing free parking and free bus shuttle from the Kinsmen Centre. See the map for directions.

vegetables

Growing Your Own Food
Growing Your own Food is rewarding. Check out our advice.
Join the Horticultural Society
The Horticulural Society meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month except for July, August and December. We welcome new members. Just show up to a meeting and try us out, or fill out our registration form and mail it in. In addition to entertaining speakers and the company of other gardeners, you will have access to an extensive lending library, workshops and bus tours.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Daily Program / programme journalier

An Extravaganza of Peonies
Canadian Peony Society
Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall
June 5th -7th, 2015

Friday, June 5th

     5:00 – 10:00          ……………………    Placement of entries

Saturday, June 6th

    7:00 – 10:00………………………….     Placement of entries

    10:00 – 12:00…………………………    Judging

    1:00 – 1:30 ………………………...        Official Opening
His Worship, Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
David Maltby, President of CPS, plus invited guests

Presentation of awards
David Maltby, President of CPS

    2:00 – 2:45…………………………….   Presentation
Marilyn Light
(Growing your own peonies from seeds: Here’s how)

    3:15 – 4:00………………………….….   Presentation
                                                Nathalie Chaly
(My Garden, with Peonies)

    6:30 – …………………………………    AGM, Banquet, Auction

Sunday, June 7th

    10:00 – 4:00…………………………..    Show open

    10:30 – 2:30pm………………………….. Visit to Peony Gardens
                        Central Experimental Farm/ Maplelawn Garden
(Open to the Public)
                        Visit to private gardens (CPS members only)

    3:45……………………………………… Sale of Peony Blooms

    4:00 – 5:00……………………………    Closure & Take down

Grande Foire de la Pivoine
La Société canadienne de la pivoine
Place Jean Pigott Place, Hôtel de ville d’Ottawa
le 6 et le 7 juin 2015

Vendredi le 5 juin

     17h00 – 20h00    ……………………    La placement d’entrées

Samedi le 6 juin

    7h00 – 10h:00…………………………. La placement d’entrées

    10h00 – 12h00………………………… L’évaluation d’entrées

    13h00 – 13h30 ………………………... Ouverture de la foire
Le maire d’Ottawa, Jim Watson, le président honoraire
David Maltby, Président de la SCP
Les invité(e)s

    Présentation aux gagnant(e)s
David Maltby, Président de la SCP

    14h00 – 15h00…………………………….        Atelier
Marilyn Light: Faire pousser des pivoines à partir des graines

    15h15 – 16h:00…………………………….       Atelier
                Nathalie Chaly: Mon jardin, mes pivoines

    18h:30 – …………………………………           AGA, Banquet, Encan

Dimanche le 7 juin

    10h00 – 15h00…………………………..           Ouverte au public

    10h30 – 14h30pm………………………….. Visite aux jardins
Ferme centrale expérimentale/Jardin Maplelawn Garden                      (Ouverte au public)
                        Visite aux jardins privés    (Membres de la SCP seulement)

    15h00……………………………………… Vente des pivoines


    16h00 – 17h00……………………………           Fermerture

Grande Foire de la Pivoine
La Société canadienne de la pivoine
Place Jean Pigott, Hôtel de ville d’Ottawa
6 et 7 juin 2015

Vendredi 5 juin

17h00 – 20h00……………………………..Inscription des pivoines

Samedi 6 juin

            7h00 – 10h00………………………………Inscription des pivoines

10h00 – 12h00…………………………….Jugement des pivoines

            13h00 – 13h30 ……………………….......Ouverture officielle

Président d’honneur, Jim Watson, maire d’Ottawa
David Maltby, président de la SCP
Invités d’honneur

       Présentation des gagnants

David Maltby, président de la SCP

            14h00 – 15h00……………………………Atelier

Marilyn Light : Faire pousser des pivoines à partir des graines

            15h15 – 16h00……………………………Atelier

                        Nathalie Chaly : Mon jardin, mes pivoines

            18h30 ……………………………………..AGA, Banquet, Encan

Dimanche 7 juin

            10h00 – 15h00……………………………Ouverture

            10h30 – 14h30……………………………Visite de jardins

Ferme centrale expérimentale / Jardin Maplelawn (ouverts au public)                       
                        Visite de jardins privés    (Membres de la SCP seulement)

            15h450……………………………………….Vente de pivoines

            16h00 – 17h00……………………………..Fermeture

CPS Photo Contest / Concours Photo CPS

Canadian Peony Society- 2015 Photography Contest
Photo Classes
Class 1: Herbaceous Peonies: Image of a lactiflora or hybrid herbaceous peony. Photo may show a single bloom or several blooms.
Class 2: Itohs: Image of an Itoh (intersectional) peony. Photo may show a single bloom or several blooms.
Class 3: Tree Peonies: Photo may show a single bloom or several blooms.   
Class 4: Species Peonies:  Image of an herbaceous peony other than lactiflora or hybrid peony. Photo may show a single bloom or several blooms.
Class 5: Seedlings: Image of a flower from a seedling you raised yourself. Seedling may be from a seed acquired from the Canadian Peony Society Seed Exchange or from one of your own seeds.
Class 6: Voluptuous Vistas: Photo of a garden bed(s), where peony plants are a focal point. Photo may represent anything from a home garden bed to a field of peonies. 
Photo Contest Dates/Deadlines
·         We will be accepting submissions starting April 1st 2015
·         Deadlines for submissions is May 15th 2015
·         Winners to be announced by June 30th 2015
Submission Criteria:
·         The competition is open only to members of the Canadian Peony Society
·         All photos must be taken by the submitter (cannot use photos taken by another photographer)
·         Print size: 4”x6”
·         Photo identification: On the back of the photo indicate: Class number and name of the peony (if known) and where it was taken. Also indicate with a small arrow which way is up. DO NOT put your name anywhere on the photograph.
·         No added text or dates on the front of the photograph
·         Maximum number of entries per Class:   1 (one)
·         On a separate sheet, write your name, postal address, telephone number and email address.
Also, indicate if you do not give permission to the CPS to use your photo(s) in the newsletter and/or Website/Blog, otherwise we will assume you consent. You will be given credit for the image.
·         Mail your photos to Anne Johnston at 903 Elsett Dr., Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1G 2S4.
·         Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

Submission Notes:
·         All winning entries will be chosen by the public at the June 6th and 7th National Show and also by an outside judge
·         Judge will select the winning photographs by the following criteria: horticultural interest, technical merit and photographic impact (the “Wow! Factor”).
·         If one or more of your entries is selected as a winning photograph, you will be notified by June 30th 2015.
·         If you want your photos returned, include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail your photos back to you.
Prizes: “Best In Show” and 1st Place in each class will be selected by an outside judge
·         “Best in Show” will receive an 8x10 plaque of their winning photograph
·         1st place in each class will receive 15$. 
            AND
            “Best in Show” and 1st place in each class to be selected by the public
·         “Best In Show”: Will receive an 8x10 plaque of their winning photograph
·         1st Place prize in each class will receive $10
For more information please contact Anne Johnston at a.johnston.photo@gmail.com


With the gracious sponsorship of Peonies in the Field

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La Société canadienne de la pivoine- Concours de photographie 2015
Classes des photos
Classe 1 : Pivoines herbacées : Image  d’une pivoine hybride ou lactiflora. La photo peut montrer une fleur ou plusieurs fleurs.
Classe 2 : Itoh : La photo peut montrer une fleur ou plusieurs fleurs.
Classe 3 : Pivoines arbustive : La photo peut montrer une fleur ou plusieurs fleurs.
Classe 4 : Pivoines d’espèces : Image d’une pivoine herbacée autre que lactiflora et hybrides. La photo peut montrer une fleur ou plusieurs fleurs.
Classe 5 : Semis : Image d’une fleur d’un semi que vous avez élevé. Le semi peut provenir de l’échange de graines de la Société canadienne de la pivoine ou une de vos propres graines.
Classe 6 : Jardins volumineux : Photo de jardin(s) ou les pivoines sont le point focal. Les photos peuvent représenter un jardin personnel jusqu'à un champ de pivoines.
Dates du concours/ dates limite :
·         Nous allons accepter vos photos à partir du 1er avril 2015
·         Date limite pour soumettre vos photos : 15 mai 2015
·         Les gagnants seront annoncés le 30 juin 2015

Critères de soumission :

·         La compétition est seulement ouverte aux membres de la Société canadienne de la pivoine.
·         Les photos soumises doivent été prises par vous-même (pas par d’autres photographes)
·         Grandeur de photo : 4x6 pouces
·         Identification des photos : Sur le verso de votre (vos) photo(s), indiquez : Le numéro de la classe et le nom de la pivoine (si connue) et où la photo fut prise.
·         Pas de texte ou de dates ajoutées sur le devant de la photo.
·         Nombre maximum d’entrées par classe : 1 (une).
·         Sur une page séparée, écrivez votre nom, adresse postale, numéro de téléphone et adresse de courriel. Aussi, indiquez si vous ne voulez pas donner votre consentement à la Société canadienne de la pivoine pour qu’elle publie votre (vos) photo(s) dans le bulletin et/ou le site Web ; sinon, nous allons prendre pour acquis que vous consentez. Vous allez être crédité pour votre (vos) photo(s).
·         Envoyez vos photos à Anne Johnston, 903 chemin Elsett, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1G 2S4.
·         Les soumissions qui arrivent en retard ou qui sont incomplètes ne seront pas acceptées.
Autres notes :
·         Les gagnants seront choisis par le public durant l’exposition de pivoines les 6 et7 juin 2015 et par un juge extérieur.
·         Le juge sélectionnera les photos gagnantes par les critères suivants : intérêt d’horticultural, mérite technique et l’impact photographique (le facteur « Wow »)  
·         Si une ou plus de vos photos sont sélectionnées comme gagnante(s), vous serez contacté(e) vers le 30 juin 2015.
·         Si vous souhairez que l’on vous retourne vos photos, incluez une enveloppe adressée et affranchie avec votre soumission pour qu’on puisse retourner vos photos. 
Les prix : la photo « Grand prix » et le 1er prix dans chaque classe sélectionnées par un juge :
·         Prix « Grand prix » : meilleur photo du concours recevra une plaque 8 x 10 pouces de leur photo gagnante
·         1er prix de chaque classe recevra 15. $
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La photo « Grand prix » et 1er prix dans chaque classe sélectionnées par le public :
·         Prix « Grand prix » : meilleur photo du concours recevra une plaque 8 x 10 pouces de leur photo gagnante
·         1er prix de chaque classe recevra 10 $.
Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas de contacter Anne Johnston à  a.johnston.photo@gmail.com

Avec le parrainage gracieux de Peonies in the Field