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February 20, 2016
Toronto Botanical Garden "Get the Jump on Spring"
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1P2
Dates: Saturday February 21, 2015
Time: Saturday February 21 10am to 4pm
Admission:Free, but a donation of $2 is appreciated. Those who donate will be entered in draws, 1 every hour.
Toronto Botanical Garden, the Ontario Horticultural Association District 5, and the Toronto Master Gardeners present Get the Jump on Spring, 2015.
Join us for TBG’s 19th Annual Horticultural Open House presented by the Ontario Horticultural Association, District 5 and Toronto Botanical Garden.
§  Learn more about horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations20+ exhibitors

(horticultural societies, garden clubs & environmental organizations)

§  Garden related vendors
§  Demonstrations and presentations
§  ‘Love in Bloom’ floral design

competition including two NEW youth design classes (Download the competition criteria)

§  Toronto Master Gardeners on hand to answer your gardening queries
§  Winter garden tour (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) with Sandra Pella, Head Gardener
§  JUMP Café
§  Special discounts in the Garden Shop
§  Gently used gardening book sale

§  NEW Drop-in childcare (ages 4 to 10) Fee: $6 for the first hour, $9 up to 90 minutes.

March 5 to 8,2015
19th Annual Successful Gardening Show
Where:  6900 Airport Road, Toronto, ON
Dates:  March 5 to March 8,2015
Time:  10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Admission: Adults at door - $15, Seniors 65+ Online $9, Seniors/Youth 9-17 - $12, Children 8 and under - Free.
Free Parking. 
Successful Gardening Show will feature over three acres of amazing home & garden shopping with expert advice from over 400 exhibitors!
For more information
CPS will not have a booth at this show. 

March 10-19, 2017
19th Annual Canada Blooms and National Home Show
Where:  Direct Energy Centre, Hall A and B, Toronto, ON
Dates:  Monday March 10 to Sunday March 19, 2017
Time: Monday to Sat 10am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Admission: $20 for adults,  $17 for Seniors 65+ and $16 Children 13-18.
More information:
"Ah, Spring! The most awaited for season. After our long Canadian winters, we look forward to the warmth of the sun, and clear days. We shed our layers, feel active, and light hearted. With Spring comes revival, rejuvenation, romanticism, growth, hope, beauty, colour, and gardening, at last! Come explore and celebrate The Magic of Spring at Canada Blooms in March!"
               — Colomba Fuller
                    Canada Blooms Artistic Director
Explore 6 acres of stunning, creative gardens in a dazzling display of colour, texture and fragrance designed by Canada's best landscaping talents.  Over 200 hours of gardening demonstrations and talks featuring local, national and international experts sharing their wealth of knowledge and passion for horticulture.   
CPS will not have a booth at this show.

April 8-10, 2016
Peterborough Garden Show
WhereEvinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, ON
Dates:  Thursday April 8, Friday April 9, Saturday April 10
Time: Thursday (5pm to 9pm), Friday (10am to 6pm), Saturday (10am to 4pm)
Admission$6.00, children free
Parking is available at the Evinrude Centre and across the street at the Canadian Canoe Museum. A small donation will be collected by the Rotary Club of Peterborough. Additional free parking is available at the Kinsmen Centre, Sherbooke St. and Clonsilla Ave. There will be a free shuttle bus every 15 minutes to take people to the Evinrude Centre and return.  The coat check is free.
The Peterborough Horticultural Society, the Peterborough and  Master Gardeners invite you to the 2015 Peterborough Garden Show. The 2014 show was a great party with over 8000 visitors and 175 booths of vendors and exhibitors all with gardening-related products and services spread over two arenas.  

Floral Competition
This year we will repeat last year's very successful Plant and Floral Design Competition..... You can contact us regarding the competition

      Come celebrate spring with us!
  • Many Garden-Related Vendors and Exhibitors
  • Speakers Saturday and Sunday
  • Informative Demonstrations
  • Garden Displays
  • Garden Advice Clinic
  • Floral Competition *
  • Little Green Thumbs Children's Garden
Proceeds from the show are used for scholarships and beautification projects.    For more information:

April 9 - 10, 2016
Calgary Horticultural 17th Annual Garden Show, Spruce Meadows,
Where:  Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary, AB                   
Dates:  Saturday, April 9; Sunday April 10, 2016
Time:  9:00am to 5:00pm  each day
Admission: $15 at the door, children under 12 Free, Society Members $10
Advance Tickets (Available online and Greengate Garden Centre)   $12

The Calgary Horticultural Society is a 5,000-member strong charity dedicated to cultivating Calgary's gardening community.  Our annual garden show is a two-day celebration of plants and gardening that regularly attracts more than 10,000 gardening enthusiasts.
Over the course of a single weekend we showcase more than a dozen speakers and 120 exhibitors; present dozens of How-To Clinics and hands-on workshops, and shine a spotlight on the skills of top gardeners through fun and inspiring garden competitions.
A ticket to the Garden Show gives you access to dozens of high-profile gardeners through our Speakers Series and How-to Clinics along with hundreds of exhibitors, children's activities, free consultations with veteran gardeners and much more! For more information:

May 2 to May 5, 2016
Royal Botanical Annual Plant Sale
Where: Arboretum, Old Guelph Rd, Dundas
Date: May 2nd to May 5th, 2016
Times:   May 2-5,  9am - 12:30pm           
Admission: Includes admission to the outdoor gardens which are all OPEN FOR THE SEASON
Member: Free (show membership card), Adult: $12.50, Senior (65+), Studen/Youth: $9.50,
Children 5 to 12: $7.50, Children under 5: FREE, Family(2adults, 2 children under 18)$32.25
39th Annual Plant Sale: Specialty Annuals, Herb, Veggies, Native Plant, Ferns, Perennials, Shrubs, Iris & Hemerocallis from RBG’s collection, Auxiliary Favourites, and more.

  • Ask advice from master gardeners and plant experts.
  • Purchase an incredible selection of past favourites and unusual plants.
  • We accept VISA, MasterCard, debit, cheques and cash.
For information go to
June 1-5,2016
American Peony Society National Convention
For more information:

June  2016
19th Annual Canadian Peony Society Show and Annual General Meeting
Ottawa, ON  
Go to Page "AGM 2016" for more details

18e exposition et AGA de la Société canadienne de la pivoine

June 11, 2015
Friends of the Farm Peony Tour
WhereCentral Experimental Farm,#72, Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
               Peony beds, Ornamental Gardens, southwest of the Prince of Wales roundabout
Date: Saturday June 11
Times: Saturday 9am to Noon
Admission: Free parking (park at Ag Museum lot and follow the signs) and admission; donations gratefully accepted.  No registration required

Enjoy a guided tour of the peony beds at the CEF.  Get tips on what would work best in your garden and ways to keep your peonies happy.  Tour begins at the peony garden in the Ornamental Gardens.
Free parking at the Canada Agriculture Museum, south of the Prince of Wales roundabout.      Tel:613-230-3276

June - July, 2016
CPS Open Gardens
You are invited to CPS Open Gardens. You will meet fellow peony enthusiasts who would love to show you what they are growing!

June 11 and  12 , 2016
12th Annual Peony Festival, Ontario Regional Peony Show
WhereOshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, 155 Arena Street, Oshawa, ON
Date: Saturday June 11  and Sunday June12
Times: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free Admission to the Gardens!
A Celebration Of Canada's Largest Contemporary Peony Collection Featuring Over 300 Cultivations!   Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario for the 3rd year.
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.

Help us make this a fabulous Ontario Regional Peony display.  This is your chance to show off that favourite bloom.  Bring your blooms and enter in the competition.   See how they stack up to all the others. 
To get your show schedule or to volunteer contact Judi Denny at

Quebec Peony Society Festival 2015
Where:  Saint-Hyacinthe's Jardin Daniel A. Séguin

The Société québécoise de la pivoine is pleased to invite everyone to the Festival québécois de la pivoine, which is being held at Saint-Hyacinthe's Jardin Daniel A. Séguin on June 20-21, 2015. This year's theme is "Les pivoines de Monsieur Séguin". The honorary president is Mr. Rock Giguère, horticulturist, journalist, expert and passionate peony advocate. 

The 7th Festival de la pivoine promises the joy of admiring peonies, learning about and appreciating hundreds of diverse categories of peonies including singles, Japanese, semi-doubles, Itoh, trees, as well as Quebec hybrids. You can also sign up one of your own peonies for the People's Choice.

This is also an excellent opportunity to visit the magnificent Jardin Daniel A. Séguin, to attend conferences given by specialists and to meet with the Festival`s presenters. Several peony experts will also be in attendance to answer your questions. Many peonies and accompanying plants will be available for sale at very competitive prices. SQP members will be granted access to the garden at no charge.

Being a member of the Société québécoise de la pivoine also gives you free access to Parc Marie-Victorin in Kingsey Falls throughout the entire summer as well as the chance to participate in the many activities which will be held. 

The Festival schedule:

Saturday June 20

1 PM - The exhibit begins and the garden is open to visitors
1:30 - 2:30 PM Workshop on peony division by Pierre Roy
2:30 - 3:30 PM Garden visit with Rock Giguère
3:30 - 4:30 PM Presentation: "Peonies" with Rock Giguère and Serge Fafard 
All day - Information sessions by Serge Fafard and Honorary President, Rock Giguère, will be onsite

Sunday June 21

10:00 AM -  The exhibit begins and the garden is open to visitors
10:30 - 11:30 - Garden visit with Rock Giguère
1:30 - 2:30 PM Conference: "Companion plants" with Rock Giguère and Serge Fafard
3:00 PM - Exhibition is closed
All day - Information sessions by Serge Fafard and Honorary President, Rock Giguère will be onsite.
3:30 PM Presentation of the Daniel A. Séguin Peony, the unveiling of the winning peonies, prizes and a draw for a watercolour by Jeanne Authier.

Anyone interested in exhibiting their peonies is asked to please register them on Saturday June 20 between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Please refer to our website for the regulations and procedures.

Visit the SQP website:

You can also visit the Société québécoise de la pivoine on Facebook to find out about our programming.

Upcoming QPS member activities

June 14, 2015
Annual meeting, visit to Jardins Osiris in St-Thomas de Joliette

Week of June 15 (date TBD)
Members` gardens visit

September, 2015
Journée de la pivoine at Parc Marie-Victorin

For our Annual Meeting in June, we are proud to announce that we will be visiting Jardins Osiris, in Saint-Thomas de Joliette, where we will be given the opportunity to explore Serge Fafard's peony garden. We are currently exploring the possibility of visiting this location at another time. More details will be forthcoming on our website.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments:

Lucie Pepin, President: 450 549-4575,
Pierre Roy, Vice-President: 450 464-4927,

We look forward to meeting you!

Festival québécois de la pivoine 2015

Par Lucie Pepin, Présidente de la SQP

La Société québécoise de la pivoine est heureuse de vous inviter au Festival québécois de la pivoine qui se tiendra au Jardin Daniel A. Séguin, à Saint-Hyacinthe, les 20 et 21 juin 2015. Sous le thème "Les pivoines de Monsieur Séguin", l’exposition de pivoines aura lieu sous la présidence d’honneur de M. Rock Giguère, horticulteur, chroniqueur, expert et passionné de pivoines. 

À l’occasion de notre 7e Festival de la pivoine, vous aurez à nouveau le bonheur d'admirer, de connaître et d'apprécier des centaines de pivoines de diverses catégories (simples, japonaises, semi-doubles, doubles, Itoh, arbustives ainsi que des hybrides québécoises...). Vous pourrez également apporter et inscrire vos plus belles pivoines pour le vote populaire.

Profitez-en pour faire la visite du magnifique Jardin Daniel A. Séguin, assister à des conférences données par des spécialistes et rencontrer des exposants sur place. Des experts dans le domaine de la pivoine pourront aussi répondre aux questions. Vous aurez l’occasion de vous procurer des pivoines à prix avantageux ainsi que des plantes compagnes. Pour cette occasion, les membres de la SQP se verront offrir l’entrée gratuite au jardin.

Être membre de la Société québécoise de la pivoine vous permet également de profiter de l’accès gratuit au Parc Marie-Victorin de Kingsey Falls durant tout l'été ainsi que la possibilité de participer à d’autres activités. 

Voici l’horaire du festival :

Samedi le 20 juin

13 h 00                         Ouverture de l’exposition et visite libre des jardins
13h 30 à 14 h 30            Atelier sur la division des pivoines par M. Pierre Roy
14 h 30 à 15 h 30           Visite du jardin avec M. Rock Giguère
15 h 30 à 16 h 30           Conférence : « Les pivoines » par M. Rock Giguère et M. Serge Fafard
Toute la journée            Capsules d’informations par M. Serge Fafard et présence du président d’honneur, M. Rock Giguère

Dimanche le 21 juin

10 h 00                         Ouverture de l’exposition et visite libre des jardins
10 h 30 à 11 h 30           Visite du jardin avec M. Rock Giguère
13 h 30 à 14 h 30           Conférence : « Plantes compagnes » par M. Rock Giguère et M. Serge Fafard
15 h 00                        Fermeture de l’exposition
Toute la journée           Capsules d’informations par M. Serge Fafard et présence du président d’honneur, M. Rock Giguère
15 h 30                         Présentation de la pivoine Daniel A. Séguin, dévoilement des pivoines gagnantes, remise de prix et tirage d’une aquarelle de Mme Jeanne Authier.

Les personnes intéressées à exposer leurs pivoines sont invitées à les enregistrer, le samedi 20 juin de 8 h à 12 h. Consultez notre site Internet pour connaître les règlements et procédures.

Consultez le site de la SQP :
Vous pouvez également aller sur Facebook, à la page de la Société québécoise de la pivoine, pour suivre notre programmation.

Autres activités à venir pour les membres :

14 juin 2015
Assemblée annuelle, visite des Jardins Osiris à St-Thomas de Joliette

Semaine du 15 juin (date à déterminer)
Visite du jardin d’un membre

Septembre 2015
Journée de la pivoine au Parc Marie-Victorin

Pour notre assemblée générale annuelle, en juin, il nous fera plaisir de vous recevoir aux Jardins Osiris, à Saint-Thomas de Joliette où vous aurez la chance de visiter le jardin de pivoines de M. Serge Fafard. Nous sommes à vérifier la possibilité de faire une autre visite à cette occasion. Vous recevrez les derniers détails au cours des semaines qui suivent sur notre site internet.

N’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires.
Lucie Pepin, présidente, au 450 549-4575,
ou Pierre Roy, vice-président, au 450 464-4927,

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer!

June 17 and 18, 2016 
Prairie Peony Show 
Where:  Cathedral Neighbourhood Center  Regina, SK
Date:June 17 and 18
Friday, June 17th
7:00-10:30 am. Exhibiting of blooms, floral art and photos.
11:00-1:30 Judging
1:30-8:00 pm Open to the public

Saturday, June 18th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Open to the public
The show is open to anyone wishing to exhibit. Categories for blooms are Chinese peonies, hybrids, Japanese peonies and intersectional (Itoh) peonies.

For further information contact Doug Bradford at 1-306-543-8195 or

June 27-28, 2015   (to be updated)
Pacific Region Report to Canadian Peony Society 
Where:  Sandman Hotel, Castlegar, BC
Date:June 27-28
Sandman Hotel, Castlegar, BC, telephone 250-365-8444
            We will be supplying a rate code for attendees to receive reduced room rate.
June 27-28, entries will be accepted on the 26th and 27th, judging on the 27th.
Confirmed Chief Judge: Carol Adelman, Adelman Peony Paradise, Salem, OR
Confirmed a caterer, luncheon date/time, and presentation by Carol Adelman
We will be updating the CPS website with information about shipping and receiving of entries from outside the area. Shipments will be received by Darlene Kalawsky of Kalawsky GM, 1700 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC. V1N 2W4, 250-365-2155 Such shipments must arrive on the Thursday June 25 or Friday June 26, or we will not be able to enter the buds. An individual volunteer will be assigned to each shipment to ensure that all entries are treated with due respect and professionalism.