Monday, May 28, 2012

8th Annual Peony Festival & Ontario Regional Peony Show

Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, 155 Arena Street, Oshawa, ON
A Celebration Of Canada's Largest Contemporary Peony Collection Featuring Over 300 Cultivations!
Wishing to preserve his wonderful collection and celebrate a beloved individual's passion, Gilbert´s friends and family approached the Canadian Peony Society to assist them in finding a permanent home for his collection.
The peonies were moved to a farm just north-east of Oshawa where their identification was verified.  In 2001, volunteers from the Oshawa Garden Club, the Canadian Peony Society and the staff of the Oshawa Parks Department moved one hundred peonies to their new home, the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.  Included in the collection are some of the cultivars bred by William Brown and one named for Wally Gilbert's wife, 'Irene May Gilbert'. The CPS also selected the remaining peonies, which were purchased from peony nurseries.  About forty percent of the collection contains hybrid varieties, mostly from well known hybridizers including, Auten, Bigger, Brand, Glasscock, Hollingsworth, Kelsey, Klehm, Krekler, Reath, Sass, Saunders and Wissing.  Many of these peonies are not widely known and are hard to find varieties. 
Learn more about the showcase collection of the Festival

 Peony Festival Events (Free admission to the gardens)

Sat & Sun, June 16 - 17 2012, 10am ~ 4pm
Help us make this a fabulous display.  This is your chance to show off that favourite bloom.  Bring your blooms and enter in the competition.   See how they stake up to all the others.
All entries must be in place by 9:00 am Saturday, June 16th, 2012
To volunteer contact Judi Denny at
See Show Schedule under Blog Archive April 22, 2012 

Best Western has offered CPS members  ($99 + tax) for a room.  Ask for Lyndsay at BW ext 412.  Mention you are with the  CPS
Best Western Plus Durham Hotel & Conference Centre
559 Bloor St W
Oshawa, CA L1J5Y6  

submitted by M Sequeira


32, rte 236
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La Société Québécoise de la pivoine et le Jardin botanique Roger-Van den Hende invitent les passionnés des pivoines et la population en général à une exposition  de fleurs coupées de pivoine.  Celle-ci se tiendra les 16 et 17 juin 2012 au Pavillon Envirotron, 2480, boul. Hochelaga à Québec, sur le site de l’Université Laval. C’est le troisième festival à être tenu au Québec, après ceux de Saint-Bruno en 2010 et de Lachute en 2011. Plus de 1 200 fleurs coupées seront présentées en vase.

Toutes les personnes qui sont intéressées à exposer leurs pivoines devront s’enregistrer samedi le 16 juin, de 8 h à 12 h.

Le public joue un grand rôle lors de cette exposition car ce sont les visiteurs qui vont choisir les pivoines gagnantes. Chaque visiteur recevra donc un bulletin de vote pour indiquer ses coups de cœur dans les huit catégories suivantes :

-          simple
-          semi-double
-          japonaise
-          double bombe
-          Itoh
-          arbustive
-          odorante
-          hybrides québécoises

Le Festival se tiendra dans le cadre du rendez-vous familial annuel du Jardin botanique Roger-Van den Hende, Trouvailles Champêtres. Plus de 40 exposants horticoles vous dévoileront leurs trouvailles. Des activités sont prévues pour les enfants, un encan de plantes, des conférences et des visites guidées.

L'entrée est gratuite à la fois au Jardin botanique Roger-Van den Hende, au Festival et aux Trouvailles Champêtres.

Voici le résumé de la programmation du Festival de la pivoine :
PROGRAMME – Exposition à Québec les 16 et 17 juin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Les pivoines Capano

à partir de:  Le semaine verte

J'ai trouvé ce clip vidéo sur Pivoines Capano site au sujet de son entreprise! Avoir un coup d'oeil!
Mano Capano, la plus importante productrice de pivoines au Canada, habite au Saguenay. C'est d'ailleurs depuis Chicoutimi qu'elle cultive et exporte ses fleurs à travers le monde : de Washington, en Russie, en passant même par l'Indonésie. Portrait d'une passionnée d'horticulture.

submitted by: M Sequeira

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pivoinerie Martinus , produira des pivoines pour toutes occasions, voici une belle pivoine arbustive (suffruticosa:`Rimpou``et une vue de la partie des (coral Sunset)
Kansas, et Souvenir de Louis Bigot.

Submitted by Martinus Mooijikind

What's In Bloom

Hello Everyone,
Here in Brampton ON we have several varieties finished and several are still in bloom.  P. tenuifolia, Species'Mollis', Little Red Gem, Smouthi, Peter Barr, Fantasia,Starlight, Mlokosewitchii from seed have all finished flowering.  Athena, Early Scout, Claire de Lune, Illini Belle, Cora Louise are in bloom now with many more to come.
The weather this year has been different than most.  Blooms are early and not lasting as long as we would wish.  One day its very hot (like August hot 27 / 28 with humidity making it 30+) and that night very cool or calling for frost.
Send some photo's of whats blooming in your area.  Let us know how the weather has been this spring for comparison.  

Cora Louise

submitted by Margaret Sequeira

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

From Martinus Mooijekind

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Peonies are up and strong in  St.Stanislas-de-Kostka, Valleyfield-Salesberry on Martinus' farm.

From Martinus Mooijekind

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Prairie Peony Society Annual Show

 June 29-30, 2012

Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre
 2900 13th Avenue, Regina
Friday, June 29

7:00 - 10:00 am – Entry set-up time
                1:30 - 8:00 pm – Open to the Public

                                                                  Saturday, June 30

                                        10:00 am - 3:45 pm – Open to the Public

  • To enter, one need not be PPS member.
  • The show will be judged and includes sections for artistic floral design and photography.
  • Flowers available to the public after 3:45 pm on Saturday
  • Show Schedule and show information is available on the CPS web site:
For a copy of the show schedule, contact Brian Porter at or phone 306-543-8259.

Québec Peony Society

Québec Peony Society
Botanical Garden Van den Hende

June 16-17, 2012 

2480 Boulevard Hochelaga
Québec, QC

Saturday, June 16

08:00-12:00   Registration of peonies
13:00             Festival Opening
14:00             Conference & Honorary Presidential Opening
15:00             Visits to the Van den Hende Gardens (4)
Presentation: New Peony Trends
 (Serge Fafard & Rock Giguère)

   Sunday, June 17 

10:00         Opening
11:00         Workshops & Judging of photos
13:00         Visits to Van den Hende Garden
14:30         Conferences & Workshops
 (hybridizer Léo-François Tremblay
15:00         Tabulation of Public Votes
15:30         Announcement of prize winners
17:00         Closing of Festival

  •  8 categories of peonies: single, semi-double, Japanese,
    double-bomb, Itoh, shrub, fragrant, new category – Québec hybrids
  •  4 garden visits to private gardens throughout Saturday and Sunday
  •  Presentation of diplomas to university students by the Rector of the University with a vin d’honneur and Charlevoix veal canapés
  •  Presentation of new Osiris peonies - John Gomery, Tomy et Van den Hende and 10 others (July 6, 2012)
  • Launch of a project – 16 cities planting 60 peonies each
  • More than 40 exhibitors selling plants and artists working on canvass   
  • Presentations by cities for the Festival 2013 (la Beauce by Claude Quirion & Rosemère by Monique Keurentjeis)