Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Request for Open Gardens

By Holly Pender-Love

One of the best ways to increase our membership and inform interested people about the wonderful improvement in peony culture is to invite them into our gardens. I encourage you to consider participating in the Canadian Peony Society 2016  " OPEN GARDENS" program.
We have been pleased in the past to offer members the opportunity to visit gardens all across Canada. Feedback indicates that those members who invite their local garden club to visit, and/or had a few special publicized open days were more successful in welcoming guests. If you have a Red Hat group in your area, chances are they would be thrilled to be invited. I notice that Carol Adelman is having a special "Red Had Day" at her nursery outside Portland, OR and I have shamelessly copied her idea!

Contact Holly at with any questions about the program, and to indicate any changes you may wish make to your listing. New listings welcomed.
Please forward this email to members in your area, or anyone with a beautiful peony collection.

As we are going to be listed on the website,, we are entering a whole new world. We may start hearing from people who are very curious about peonies. One never knows.

In addition, I will be creating a Private Gardens and Public Gardens listing, so that those who charge a fee can make that quite clear...
. Would you please forward information about Public Gardens in your area, with contact information so I may contact them?

ps. Darlene Kalawsky and I are working with the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Castlegar, BC for the possible development of a Memorial Peony Garden at their museum. We started with a kind donation of peonies through the Prairie Peony group, Brian Porter and friends from Indian Head, Saskatchewan in the fall of 2015. We would be delighted to have feedback from anyone else who is will to donate some roots this fall. We are just creating a list of possible donors at this time, as the Board of Directors have not yet given us the 100% approval to enlarge their gardens...  we will be in touch with anyone who responds to our request. thank you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Open to members and the general public our annual seed exchange is now open.  Please look over the list under our Seed Exchange listed above

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Root Sale now CLOSED

Thank you to all those who contributed to the 2015 Root Sale this year.
The sale is now closed and we look forward to next year.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2015 Annual Root Sale Fundraiser now open to Members

Our 2015 Annual Root Sale Fundraiser list is now completed
Please go to the website below for our complete list of available roots

Friday, July 3, 2015

Québec de pivoine Exposition Florale Juin 20 & 21,2015

Je dois enfin un peu de temps pour vous donner des nouvelles sur le festival québécois de la pivoine (pivoine spectacle) qui a eu lieu le 20 Juin et le 21 au Jardin Daniel A. Séguin à St-Hyacinthe.
Tout d'abord, je tiens à remercier David Maltby pour l'aide précieuse qu'il nous a donné pendant 3 jours. Quand nous sommes arrivés à l'émission de pivoine à Ottawa, David nous a dit qu'il viendrait à notre Festival de la pivoine à St-Hyacinthe. Nous avons pensé qu'il viendrait en tant qu'observateur, mais nous avions tort. Du vendredi au dimanche après-midi, David a travaillé avec nous et était très serviable avec tout son savoir et son expérience. Merci beaucoup David.

Ce septième spectacle pour la Société québécoise de la pivoine a été un succès. Nous avons eu un nombre record d'entrées: 920 fleurs en compétition dans 9 catégories pour professionnels et amateurs. Nous avions une grande foule assez le samedi, mais moins de visiteurs le dimanche peut-être parce qu'il était le jour de père et il était censé pleuvoir.

Ce qui est important est que les gens étaient heureux et surpris. Comme d'habitude, les gens étaient étonnés de voir ces belles fleurs et ne savaient pas qu'il y avait tant de différentes sortes de pivoines. Pour beaucoup d'entre eux, ce fut une découverte.

Lors de notre spectacle, les gens votent pour le meilleur fleur dans chaque catégorie et ils votent aussi pour le meilleur fleur de montrer ce que nous appelons "coup de coeur".
Le meilleur du spectacle était le Gauguin pivoines présentée par Lucie Pépin. Il ya aussi un trophée pour le professionnel et l'amateur qui a obtenu le plus grand nombre de fleurs gagnantes. Serge Fafard des Jardins Osiris était le professionnel avec les fleurs les plus gagnantes et Lucie Pépin était l'amateur avec les fleurs les plus gagnantes. Il est la troisième fois que Lucie est "grande gagnante" (grand gagnant).

Pierre Turenne

Quebec Peony Festival June 20 & 21, 2015

I finally have some time to give you news about The Festival quebecois de la pivoine (peony show) that was held on June 20th and 21st at Jardin Daniel A. Séguin in St-Hyacinthe.
First, I must thank David Maltby for the precious help he gave us during 3 days. When we came to the peony show in Ottawa, David told us he would come to our Festival de la pivoine in St-Hyacinthe. We thought he would come as an observer but we were wrong. From Friday to Sunday afternoon David worked with us and was most helpful with all his knowledge and experience. Thank you very much David.
This seventh show for the Societe quebecoise de la pivoine was a success. We had a record number of entries : 920 flowers competing in 9 categories for professionnals and amateurs. We had quite a big crowd on Saturday but less visitors on Sunday maybe because it was Father's Day and it was supposed to rain. 

What's important is that people were pleased and surprised. As usual, people were amazed to see such beautiful flowers and didn't know there were so many different kinds of peonies. For many of them, it was a discovery.
At our show, people vote for the best flower in each category and they also vote for the best flower of show what we call "coup de coeur".

The best of show was the tree peony Gauguin presented by Lucie Pepin. There is also a trophy for the professional and the amateur who got the biggest number of winning flowers. Serge Fafard of Jardins Osiris was the professional with the most winning flowers and Lucie Pepin was the amateur with the most winning flowers. It's the third time that Lucie is "grande gagnante" (big winner).

Pierre Turenne