Join the American Peony Society
Captivated by Peonies? Become A Member or Renew Today – Purchase Memberships
Welcome to the American Peony Society: a worldwide family of passionate peony enthusiasts, including gardeners, collectors, hybridizers, educators, scientists, floral designers, botanical gardens, public gardens and commercial growers.
If you love peonies, this is the place to let your passion blossom.
Grow, Connect, Learn, Share: The Many Perks of APS Membership
- 4 Issues of the American Peony Society Bulletin
- Access to the Annual Directory of New Cultivars
- Members-Only Plant Auctions & Peony Seed Purchase Programs
- Share and Learn with Our Vibrant Social Media Community
- The APS Annual National Convention with Garden Tours, Seminars, Speakers and More!
- Exciting Annual Peony Exhibition and Awards
- 24-7 Access to Our Members-Only Online Portal (Packed with Peony Content, Surveys, Announcements and All Things Peonies)
How it Works…
The American Peony Society is a non-profit, all volunteer, organization which produces up to 4 member publications per year available to paid members. A public website is maintained and is available to anyone wishing to learn more about peonies. The website, The Bulletin and all other activities are supported by membership dues, donations, auctions, and other Society sales. Additionally, all memberships include access to Member Portal which makes available additional content and activities. All APS activities are focused upon promoting, enhancing and providing educational opportunities for members and the public at large, per APS’ mission.
All Member Benefits: The Bulletin (printed or online – per membership type) , Directory of New Cultivars (printed or online – per membership type), access to the Member Portal. Optional Benefits include: Annual Convention opportunities, seed purchase opportunities, auctions, workshops, awards, committee work opportunities, program involvement, flower show involvement and donation or your time and talents. Numerous other benefits are available, depending upon the degree of personal involvement a member would like to undertake.
Dues are paid for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31 of any year). Members joining before August 25th are recorded for the current year and members will receive all four issues of The APS Bulletin for that year (while supplies last for printed/mailed memberships). Members joining between August 25 and November 25 shall receive the December issue of The APS Bulletin and all issues for the following year. Applications received after November 25 are recorded for the following year, unless otherwise specified.
Please note: Memberships are non-refundable after purchase. If you do not wish to auto-renew please turn off the auto-renew toggle and remove your payment information in My Account.
Individual memberships are for one person at a single physical and email address, and will receive one copy of The Bulletin per publication cycle, either through the mail or online, per membership type. All Memberships include access to the Member Portal and online reading of The Bulletin with one account email address. Other optional benefits are available, as noted under Member Benefits.
Dual memberships are for two persons at a single physical and email address and will receive one copy of The Bulletin per publication cycle, either through the mail or online, per membership type. All Memberships include access to the Member Portal and online reading of The Bulletin with one account email address. Other optional benefits are available, as noted under Member Benefits.
Commercial memberships are for one business at a single mailing address, will receive one copy of The APS Bulletin per publication cycle, either through the mail or online, per membership type. Online to the Member Portal is for one email address. All Memberships include access to the Member Portal and online reading of The Bulletin with one account email address. Advertising is open to all commercial members of the American Peony Society. Advertisers reach a highly targeted audience of peony and gardening enthusiasts, while supporting the programming and outreach of the APS. As a commercial member, you are also eligible to have a free listing and link on the APS website. Further information about advertising in the Bulletin can be found: Advertise in the Bulletin. Other optional benefits are available, as noted under Member Benefits.
Institutional memberships are for one organization at a single mailing address, will receive one copy of the The Bulletin per publication cycle, through the mail. Institutional memberships do not include access to the member portal for public access. Other optional benefits are available, as noted under Member Benefits. Institutional memberships are a subscription to the printed Bulletin, which may be made available to the public through their library system. Institutional memberships shall be granted to libraries, botanical gardens, arboreta, gardening organizations and educational facilities and may include the name of one (1) person. Institutional members are eligible to purchase subscriptions to The APS Bulletin only; no membership or voting rights are included.
*All membership types will receive Directory of New Cultivars annually, per membership agreement (Printed or Online). Members joining after August 25 will not receive the Directory for the current year, but will receive the following year’s edition.
* APS is not responsible for re-mailing Bulletins and Directories which are returned due to address changes, lost in the mail, stolen or not delivered to a member for any other reason.
Dues Schedule and Costs…please see: APS Dues Chart
EXPLORE Membership Costs
|1 year||3 years
|Individual/Dual & *Institutional||$30||$70||$115|
|Online Only 2||Individual/Dual||$30||$70||$115|
|Individual/Dual & *Institutional||$40||$100||$165|
|Online Only 2||Individual/Dual||$30||$70||$115|
|Individual/Dual & *Institutional||$60||$160||$260|
|Online Only 2||Individual/Dual||$30||$70||$115|
Dues are paid for January 1 – December 31 of any year
1 Postal Service & Online. Includes print format Bulletins & the Directory of New Cultivars through postal service delivery and online reading. Online reading via the APS Member Portal requires an internet connection. All memberships are non-transferable. Please notify APS promptly of address changes. APS is not responsible for replacement of Bulletins which are undelivered, returned, misplaced, stolen or lost through mail services. Current Bulletins are available through the Membership Portal for online reading.
*Institutional Membership includes the Bulletin mailed through the Postal Service and does not include access to the Member Portal and online reading of the Bulletin.
2 Online Only. Includes online accessibility to the 5 most recent Bulletins and the Directory of New Cultivars. This option provides for online reading only (no publications will be mailed), via the APS Member Portal. Bulletins & the Directory of New Cultivars are formatted in a reader and are not downloadable. Online reading requires an internet connection. The print formatted Directory of New Cultivars may be purchased separately for postal service delivery through the APS website. The “Online Only” option is not available for institutions.
- Includes free listing on the American Peony Society Website in Vendors section. Listing includes: link to website, contact information, logo (member supplied) and tagline (member supplied).
- Advertising available in the quarterly Bulletin. Please see https://americanpeonysociety.org/resources/member-advertising/ for rates and further details.
The Benefits of APS Membership
It’s Not Just a “Membership”; It’s a Year Round Peony Experience!
Luscious peonies. Amazing people. Great events, publications and resources! The perks of your membership in the American Peony Society just keeps on giving. Plus, you’ll support the education and continued curation of one of the world’s most captivating flowers. Please see Membership Details for further information
Explore the Benefits of Joining or Renewing
10 Pathways to Enjoy the Peony
#1...Four Issues of the APS Bulletin, Print Reading Options and Available Online
Get the only magazine devoted exclusively to peonies and peony culture. Bulletin issues feature informative articles and beautiful photography for beginners and experienced growers alike. *Stock supplies of recent Bulletins are limited, thus previously published Bulletins may be unavailable for the current year for new memberships after February.
#2...The Annual Peony Convention
Meet and mingle with peony enthusiasts from all over the world. The APS Convention is held in various North American locations, and features peony-related talks, seminars and discussions; garden tours; cut flower exhibits; shopping opportunities; social hours, and a banquet.
#3...National Peony Flower Show and Exhibition
Enter your peonies or just come and enjoy a blooming amazing annual Flower Show. The show features blooms from growers and gardeners from around the country, as well as our new division featuring gorgeous peony photographs.
#4...FREE Access to Member Portal
For APS members! An additional website featuring articles, programs, surveys, bulletin boards and a wide variety of information for the peony enthusiast. The Portal was set up in the spring of 2020 and will be continually updated as new information comes available.
#5...New! APS Mentoring Program
Get Growing with our new program that matches beginning peony enthusiasts with more experienced peony members to learn about propagation, dividing, even grafting or hybridizing! Learn, share and develop a connection to the peony world.
#6...Online and Live Peony Auctions
Score “Drool-worthy” Peonies…Our most popular and exciting fundraiser! Only APS Members can bid on our amazing peony cultivars you won’t find anywhere else! It’s a fun and exciting way to get your hands on rare, new or popular peonies.
Please visit the Member Portal for further information.
#7...APS Seed Distribution Program
Discover the fun of growing peonies from seed! Each year, we publish a list of available peony seeds collected from popular, rare, and unusual cultivars. For a nominal fee, you can request seeds of your choice, supported with how-to information to get you started.
#8...Annual Guide to New Paeonia Registrations
With our new annual registration guide, you ‘ll be the first to see the newest registered peony species and hybrids, with colorful photos, and complete descriptions.
Available in print form and through the Member Portal as an “Online Reader” for all members.
#9...Support Peony Cultivar Registration
The APS is the International Cultivar Registration Authority for peonies. The APS supervises peony nomenclature and critical publishing data, and provides critical information transmission to a worldwide network of peony growers and enthusiasts. Your membership helps us maintain standards and curate the history and development of the peony.
#10...Best in Class Sources for Peony Materials
APS Commercial Members offer a trusted resource for peony plants, cut flowers and gardening supplies. You’ll find everything from small local growers happy to provide beautiful cut flowers for local weddings and events, growers of rare and hard-to find peonies, and the newest registrations from the world’s leading growers and hybridizers.
#11...Web Listing and Advertising options for Commercial Members
Advertising is open to all commercial members of the American Peony Society. Advertisers reach a highly targeted audience of peony and gardening enthusiasts, while supporting the programming and outreach of the APS. As a commercial member, you are also eligible to have a free listing and link on the APS website. Further information about advertising in the Bulletin can be found: Advertise in the Bulletin.
Renewing Your APS Membership
A few short steps (2022 Update)
Due to the complexities and some changes in membership options, the website may not be able to process a renewal through a “renewal link”. If you are not able to renew through a link APS has sent you, please purchase a new membership: https://
Please note, the system will not allow you to purchase a new membership if you already have a current one. To renew a membership please do so after January 1 of the year, as the website subscription service does not allow early renewals.
Memberships are not refundable through cancellation (auto-renew or otherwise). If you have been auto-renewed, please turn off the auto-renew toggle and remove your payment information by logging into you Account which will prevent future purchases.