American Peony Society selects 'Leda'
2014 Gold Medal Award / 2015 Peony of the Year
Scott Parker, APS President
Tree Peony 'Leda'
|During the 2014 American Peony Society Convention at Kingwood Center in, Mansfield, Ohio the Board of Directors voted 'Leda' the 2014 Gold Medal peony and the 2015 Peony of the Year.
'Leda' was originated by Nassos Daphnis in 1977. First bloomed 1974. Third generation backcross (BC3) from 'Kokamon' x an unnamed BC2, which makes it ¾ Moutan, ¼ Lutea. Seedling # D-308. Mauve-pink with red streaks going through each petal. Single. Two rows of petals, well-formed and rounded. The flower is very big, like any Moutan. Opens fully and exposes its center well. Flares, in the form of blotches, are dark, which gives it a mysterious feeling. Has pollen and seeds. Fragrant. Good stem strength. Reliable. Good substance. Strong foliage. Named for the Queen of Sparta, mother of Castor and Pollux.
American Peony Society Holds Naming Ceremony for 'William E. B. Du Bois' Peony
Ko Klaver, APS Director — Hockessin, Delaware
Peony 'William E. B. Du Bois'
|It all started when visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and landscape architect Walter Hood, whom together created a design of the Du Bois Memorial Garden on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, desired to have a peony named after Mr. Du Bois. So, they contacted the American Peony Society via their website and were subsequently introduced to Hollingsworth Peonies.
Ultimately, an excellent cultivar residing in Maryville, Missouri, originating from the hybridizing program of APS Past President, Peter Waltz of Exeter, New Hampshire was selected for the honor.
Working closely with Hollingsworth Peonies and the American Peony Society, a peony was chosen and named in honor of William E. B. Du Bois. This peony, which Weems calls lovingly “The Peony of Hope”, will anchor the memorial garden at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It will also be available to the general public in September 2013 via the Hollingsworth Peonies website, thereby allowing thousands of garden enthusiasts to engage in a lasting and sustained memory of Mr. Du Bois.