2021 APS Convention

Minnesota and More…

Online and Live Options (in-person cancelled)


While the American Peony Society’s “Live in-person” convention in Bloomington, Minnesota has been cancelled, the Convention Planning Committee is in the process of planning alternative options.  Due to the multiple impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic, APS understands the need for options which keep members safe and healthy, and provides for those who have restricted travel.  Options will include “Online” seminars, video and photographic exhibits.  A number of local opportunities to visit gardens in-person will also be available.

The “alternative” form of the 2021 is being developed and will take some time for options to become available.  Opportunities will likely be available over a number of months to allow members and APS time to produce images, video and other possible activities for use of our participating convention members.  Thus members will have a number of APS based options to enjoy peonies throughout the spring, summer and early fall season.  As these options become available or have known dates; information will be available within the tab pages found on this page.   Check back often for more details.

Visit APS’ Social Media platforms for timely announcements, as well as, the APS Website.  APS looks forward to a great bloom season in a different way and we hope you’ll join us.

Register for Events

Learn, Enjoy and Share Your Peony Enthusiasm


Coming soon.  Check back often to join an activity.

Activities and Times

Know When to Join a Peony Related Activity


This page serves as a quicklist of convention activities.  See specific pages for more detailed information.  As activities are added please visit this page for times and locations.


Enjoy the “Fruits” of Member Efforts

Images of Peony Flowers, Gardens, Landscapes and More


Information coming soon.  Get your cameras ready!

Informational Meetings and Activities

Great Information From Peony Enthusiasts


  • Online “Virtual” Seminars, Panel Discussions & Topic Meetings…Available to anyone, unless noted.  Registration signup required to receive an invitation.  After signup, an invitation will be sent your email from the moderator.  The use of Zoom, Google Meetings or similar application will be used to conduct these options – it will be important to have the application used by the moderator available on your computer prior to its scheduled time.
    • Peonies 101.  Join Becky Swenson for this informative seminar/discussion of peony basics.
    • Hybridizing Peonies.  In Planning
    • More to come…
  • Recorded Demonstrations and Workshops… Available to APS Members ONLY through the Member Portal.  Recorded demonstrations and workshops will be added as they are completed during the season.


Visiting a Peony Garden

See Peonies During Their Season of Glory


Peonies in bloom in the garden are striking and most gardeners are seldom exposed to the wide variety and new cultivars available.  Since in-person convention meetings and seminars were not able to be held this year, APS and some members have graciously opened their gardens for Society Members to visit on select dates.  Since garden tours are an outdoor activity, they can be carried out in a relatively safe manner, compared to those held in a more contained atmosphere.  APS asks visitors to these gardens to be respectful and use pandemic precautions to protect those who are vulnerable.  Pandemic precautions may be found HERE.

Additionally, APS is making arrangements for a number of virtual tours to be available within the APS’ Member Portal.  Stay tuned for more details as video becomes available.

Become a Virtual Convention Sponsor

Show Your Support Through a Donation


While this is APS’ first venture into a “Virtual-Alternative” Convention in 2021, the Society has plans which we believe will benefit our membership around the world.  Through your generous donation, APS will be able to provide the first virtual peony show, videos, online seminars and a number of other options for membership and the peony world at large.  As a non-profit, completely volunteer organization, APS depends upon the good will of our members for financial support to promote the peony to the world.

To support the American Peony Society’s Minnesota and More Virtual-Alternative Convention, please consider making a donation to the Paeonia “Hall of Fame”.  Sponsorship levels are listed below.  Sponsors will be listed on this page, The Bulletin and other promotional materials produced for the convention. Please click More Information below to make your donation!  Thanks APS.

            Paeonia Hall of Fame Giving Levels:

  • ‘Pastelegance’ Level- $2000.00
  • ‘Good Cheer’ Level- $1000.00
  • ‘Hephestos’ Level- $500.00
  • ‘Summer Glow’ Level- $250.00
  • ‘Old Faithful’ Level- $100.00
  • ‘Minnie Shaylor’ Level- $50.00
  • ‘Coral Charm’ Level – $25.00
Paeonia Hall of Fame Sponsors
Pastelegance Level Donars

Good Cheer Level Donars
Hephestos Level Donars
Summer Glow Level Donars
Old Faithful Level Donars
Minnie Shaylor Level Donars
Coral Charm Level Donars

Spring-Summer Auction

Share a Peony in Support of APS


Auctions are the main fund raising method for our non-profit Society and are much enjoyed by participating Members.   This function not only serves as an annual fund raiser, but allows for distribution of often rare plant material and provides opportunity for Members to share their favorite peonies with others.  Many of our APS Commercial Members graciously donate material each year, however the Society is seeing more and more individual members finding benefits in supporting our community – The American Peony Society.

This year’s auction will be held online again due to the cancellation of the in person convention.  Mary Muellner, APS Auction Chair,  is once again welcoming donations of any size for the auction and hopes you are able to help bring joy to a garden and at the same time support APS.  Donations can be peony divisions, grafts, seeds, peony related items, books or activities – all are welcome.  Most donors submit plant items for fall shipping, but non-living items may be shipped to winners immediately.

To DONATE to this auction you may contact Mary at:  [email protected] or use APS’ online submission form at:  https://americanpeonysociety.org/member-portal/pages/contribute/submit-auction-plants/ (you’ll need to login to the Member Portal).