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  

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