Event Calendar

Winter 2024 Zoom Seminars

January 6, 2024 @ 10:30 am – April 6, 2024 @ 12:00 pm
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Winter Seminar Series 2024

Grab your coffee or tea and join us for another series of presentations via Zoom to keep you learning about peonies during the winter months. These will be held on the mornings of the first Saturday of each month January through April, chosen to best accommodate our volunteer speakers and the largest number of members possible.

*Attendance is limited to 100.  Prior registration is required.  Please login to the Member Portal to register for separate seminars HERE.

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Saturday, January 6, 10:30 CST “Choosing the Best Peonies for the Landscape” – presented by Cory Tischman, APS Director and Co-Chair of the Award of Landscape Merit Committee;

A guide to selecting the “right” peonies for your garden and how the designation Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) can help with your decisions. Cory will go over the criteria used for judging the ALM winners, how cultivars are selected for judging, and discuss the importance of judging peonies in a wide range of growing conditions. The presentation will reveal upcoming cultivars selected to be judged for the ALM.

Saturday, January 6, 11:45 CST “Special Membership Meeting” – Stay online for this short meeting and assist your Society to ratify bylaw changes.  Click HERE for further information.

Please login to the Member Portal to register for this seminar and meeting HERE.

Saturday, February 3, 10:30 am CST “ The Story of the Saunders Peonies at Winterthur Museums and Gardens” – presented by Linda Eirhart, Director of Horticulture, Senior Curator of Plants, Winterthur

Linda will present a brief overview of the design and history of the Winterthur Garden.  She’ll then focus on Winterthur’s collection of Saunders peonies. That story is told in the correspondence between H.F. du Pont and Professor A. P. Saunders and then with Silvia Saunders on different cultivars, color combinations, and the 1962 Chelsea Flower show. Linda will also touch on the ongoing preservation work for the collection.

Please login to the Member Portal to register for separate seminars HERE.

Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am CST “The Canadian Peony Society 2023 National Show: Celebrating 25 Years of the CPS” presented by Nick Maycher, CPS Prairies Director and APS Director

Join Nick as he recounts the 2023 CPS National Show, held at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens during the 19th annual Oshawa Peony Festival — the centerpiece of the milestone CPS 25th anniversary celebration. This inspirational story, told travelogue style, will feature captivating imagery that explores some of the people, places, and peonies that have made the CPS what it is today.

Please login to the Member Portal to register for separate seminars HERE.

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 am CDT “‘Fertile Advanced Generation Intersectional Hybrid (AGIH) Peonies: Recent Developments and Future Directions and Goals” presented by Donald R. Smith, Peony Hybridizer Extraordinaire

Several important advancements in intersectional hybrid peony hybridizing made in recent years have moved us much closer to realizing the long-term goal of creating a new race of fertile AGIH peonies. These new developments will be described and discussed along with their implications for the future of AGIH breeding.

Please login to the Member Portal to register for separate seminars HERE.