IF Wishes Were Peonies

2021 Convention – “If Wishes Were Peonies”

Schedule of Online and Live Options

 

The American Peony Society is excited to present “alternative” options to enjoy peonies, in leiu of the normal “live” APS Convention.  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.  Public and Member participation options are available for enjoying peonies through a number of online options.   APS Members have the same options as the public, but are also able to attend Society meetings and seminars, enter photos in the show, visit a number of APS Member only tour gardens and participate in the Annual Spring Auction (online).  Additionally we’d like to invite anyone to become a “Sponsor” and become a Paeonia Hall of Fame member.

If you are not an APS member and would like to participate in “If Wishes Were Peonies” offerings, we invite you to become a member at: Purchase Memberships – it’s easy and there are many other benefits.

IF Wishes Were Peonies
Schedule of Events and Activities
(See details for each using links)

Date/Time

Option Title

Description

Attendance Options Signup

Sunday, May 2, 2021; 6:30 CDT Micropropagation of Woody and Intersectional Peonies
– Zoom Presentation –
Online seminar presented by Donald Smith.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 12:00 noon CDT Photo Contest and Virtual Show Entries
– Entries Open –
Uploads to the APS website for entry into the Virtual Peony Show begins (last date to enter is August 1, 2021).  More Information HERE APS Members
– Member Portal Submission –
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. CDT Peony Hybridizer Meeting
– Zoom Discussion, Q&A
Online discussion and Q&A facilitated by Nate Bremer.  With Don Smith and others.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
Wednesday, May 19, 2021; 7:00 p.m. CDT Peonies 101
– Zoom Presentation –
Online seminar presented by Becky Swenson.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
Thursday, May 20, 2021 (approximate date) Photo Contest and Virtual Show
– Public View of Galleries –
The Virtual Peony Show will begin posting images by Show Managers as submissions occur.  Viewable by public as posted.
See Virtual Peony Show HERE
Public
– APS Website –
Monday, May 31, 2021; 12:00 noon CDT Jill Stevens Garden
– Onsite Member Tour –
Tour Jill Stevens’ gardens in person.  More information HERE.  Self travel to location.  Signup required in Member Portal. APS Members
– Member Portal Signup required –
Tuesday, June 1, 2021; 6:30 p.m. CDT Historically Overlooked Peonies of the Midwest
– Zoom Presentation –
Online seminar presented by Harvey Buchite.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
Wednesday, June 9, 2021; 6:30 p.m. CDT Swenson Gardens
– Onsite Member Tour –
Tour the Swenson family’s gardens and nursery.  More information HERE.
Self travel to location.  Signup required in Member Portal.
APS Members
– Member Portal Signup required –
Friday, June 11, 2021;  10:00 a.m. CDT Ovans Peony Farm
– Onsite Member Tour –
Tour Michelle Ovans cutflower peony operation.  More information HERE.
Self travel to location.  Signup required in Member Portal.
APS Members
– Member Portal Signup required –
Friday, June 18, 2021; time 1:00 p.m. CDT Peony Cut Flower Production
– Zoom Presentation –
Online seminar presented by Michelle Ovans.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
Monday, July 26, 2021; 10:00 a.m. CDT Growing Peonies From Seed
– Zoom Presentation –
Online seminar presented by Nate Bremer.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
Sunday, August 1, Noon CDT Virtual Peony Show
– Entries close –
Uploads to the APS website for entry into the Virtual Peony Show end.  More Information HERE APS Members
– Member Portal –
August 15 to August 31, 2021 Virtual Peony Show
– All Entries Posted & Judging –
All entries (photos) will be posted by August 15 and judging of images will commence.  Judging completed on August 31, 2021.
More Information HERE
APS Members
– Posting and Judging –
-Public Image Viewing on Website –
September 10, 2021 & After Virtual Peony Show
– Awards Announced –
Recognition of outstanding photographic images are awarded and promoted through APS channels. APS Members and Public
-Website, Social Media, Bulletin
Thursday, October 14, 2021; 6:30 CDT Annual General Membership Meeting
–  Zoom Meeting –
APS Member business meeting:  Welcome, State of the Society, Reports, BOD Elections.  More Information HERE APS Members
– Zoom Signup through Member Portal –
As submitted and processed through the season Garden and Peony Related Video
(non promotional)
APS member videos of gardens, activities and processes.  Available to public when applicable.  Upload in Member Portal HERE. Public and APS Members
– Website –

Photo Contest & Virtual Show

(click on images to view each class gallery)

 

About the Contest/Show Contest & Show Rules and Information Submit Show Images
Opens May 15
Photography Tips

 

 

CULTIVARS
Class A

 

ARRANGEMENTS AND BOUQUETS
Class B

FULL PLANT
Class C

GARDEN
Class D

HUMAN INTEREST
Class E

ARTISTIC
Class F

OUTSIDE THE BOX
Class G

SEEDLINGS
Class H

Classic Covers
Class I

Virtual Meetings and Presentations

Great Information From Peony Enthusiasts for APS Members

 

Online “Virtual” Seminars, Panel Discussions & Topic Meetings…Available as noted for Members.  Registration signup required to receive an invitation.  After signup, an invitation will be sent your email from APS’ Zoom Account.  The Zoom virtual meetings application will be used to conduct these options – it will be important to have this application available on your computer prior to its scheduled time.  Not an APS Member and would like to participate?  Become a Member.

Register for a Seminar through the Member Portal:  Seminar Registration Page


Micropropagation of Woody and Intersectional Peonies

  • Presenter:  Donald Smith
  • Bio:  HERE
  • Date & Time:  Sunday, May 2, 2021; 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Program Description:  This seminar will discuss the various options for propagating the intersectional (i.e., semi-woody peonies) and tree peonies (i.e., woody peonies).  Each propagation method will be briefly summarized and the advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. The majority of the talk, however, will focus on the micro-propagation of the woody and semi-woody peonies, which is rapidly becoming the propagation method of choice for these two important peony groups. Because this method is relatively new and begins in a laboratory, the details and advantages of this method are not generally or widely understood by the typical gardener.  As a consequence, some outdated/misinformation persists within the peony community regarding this method and this, in turn, has led to a certain level of mistrust in the quality and authenticity of the plants produced by this method. This presentation is directed towards providing a fair, accurate and detailed up-to-date review of micropropagation as it applies to specific peony groups.
  • Platform:  Live Zoom Meeting with Shared Program
  • Attendance:  APS Members (sign up required)
  • Registration Required through Member Portal:  HERE

Hybridizer Meeting

  • Facilitator:  Nate Bremer
  • Bio:  HERE
  • Date & Time:  Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:00 a.m.
  • Program Description: A meeting for new and/or experienced hybridizers.  The meeting is open ended and questions, insights and observations are welcome by all attendees.  The focus will be upon making crosses, techniques, barriers, successes and other related topics (not on growing peonies from seed).  Nate will have a list of basic questions/topics which can be discussed, but welcomes others to submit their own.  Questions or topics may be submitted to:  [email protected]
  • Platform:  Live Zoom Meeting Discussion
  • Attendance:  APS Members (sign up required)
  • Registration Required through Member Portal:  HERE

Peonies 101

  • Presenter:  Becky Swenson; Swenson Peony Gardens
  • Bio:  HERE
  • Date & Time:  Wednesday, May 19, 2021; 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Program Description:  Peonies are very easy to grow because they require minimal attention, making them the perfect plant for a beginner gardener. Newer varieties offer strong stems that won’t flop over even when in full bloom, as well as outstanding foliage that adds beauty to your garden all summer. Join us as we cover the basics of growing these fragrant beauties, including the correct way to plant, strategies for growing, and a series of care tips. Bring your questions for the Q&A portion too!
  • Platform:  Live Zoom Meeting with Shared Program
  • Attendance:  APS Members (sign up required)
  • Registration Required through Member Portal:  HERE

Historically Overlooked Peonies of the Midwest

  • Presenter:  Harvey Buchite; Hidden Springs Flower Farm
  • Bio:  HERE
  • Date & Time:  Tuesday, June 1, 2021; 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Program Description: This presentation will focus on overlooked and historically important midwestern peonies which have garnered greater attention as the whole peony world has come online. Many of these peonies are better known in overseas gardens than they are in the United States due to sales and collecting practices in the peony world, but should be considered excellent candidates for American gardens.
  • Platform:  Live Zoom Meeting with Shared Program
  • Attendance:  APS Members (sign up required)
  • Registration Required through Member Portal:  HERE
    • Not a Member?  Become an APS Member to attend and receive other society benefits.

      Peonies at Hidden Springs Flower Farm

      Peony ‘Bob’


Peony Cut Flower Production

  • Presenter:  Michelle Ovans; Ovans Peony Farm
  • Bio:  HERE
  • Date & Time:  Friday, June 18, 2021; Time 1:00 p.m CDT.
  • Program Description: Michelle is an experienced cut flower grower who services the wedding industry in Wisconsin.  Through this program Michelle will provide information about growing, maintenance, cutting, storage and other related activities important to a cut flower operation.  Many images and supporting information will be included in the presentation.   This program will certainly be useful for anyone considering getting into the peony cut flower industry.
  • Platform:  Live Zoom Meeting with Shared Program
  • Attendance:  APS Members (sign up required)
  • Registration Required through Member Portal:  HERE

Michelle in her garden

Cut Flower Bouquet


Growing Peonies From Seed

  • Presenter:  Nate Bremer
  • Bio:  HERE
  • Date & Time:  Monday, July 26, 2021; 10:00 a.m. CDT
  • Program Description:  Peonies are easy to grow from seed, but a little background knowledge is helpful to understand their unique growing cycles.   This program will take an extensive look at growing peony seeds outdoors and briefly discuss indoor methods which can be used to get seeds started.  Collection of seeds, seed types, characteristics of seeds, timing and other important information for successful seed propagation will be covered as well.  Join Nate for some interesting visuals, perspectives and experiences.
  • Attendance:  APS Members (sign up required)
  • Registration Required through Member Portal:  HERE

“Live” Opportunities

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 tours were not able to be held this year, APS would like to highlight some opportunities for public and members involving “live” peonies. Since garden tours are an outdoor activity, they can be carried out in a relatively safe manner during the Covid-19 Pandemic, compared to those held in a more contained atmosphere.

Member Only Tour Information (login to Member Portal required): HERE

 

Publicly Available Opportunities: BELOW

APS Commericial Members often have peony touring, shopping and program opportunities available for public consumption.  These offerings are privately organized by our Commercial Members and may require fees and appointments through their own businesses.   Please consult their business websites for dates, requirements and other important information.  We thank APS Commercial Members for their support of the peony through these activities!  The following list has links to our Commericial Member’s websites, which supply further information about their “live” offerings this spring.  International Gardens are included for those overseas.

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Area

 

 

 


 

Brooks Gardens Peonies

 

 

 

 


Green Works, Schagen, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands


Oh My Peonies, Marion, Wisconsin USA

 

 

 


 

Ovans Peony Farm, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

 


 

R2 Flowers BV/ Peony Show Garden Holland, Lemelerveld, The Netherlands

  • Peony Showgarden Holland Tour 2021  Web Page

 

 

 


Styer's Peonies, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

  • Styer’s Peonies 3rd Annual Festival of the Peony:  Web Page | Flyer

 

 

 


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 and the public for financial support to promote the peony, provide important information and further numerous initiatives involving Paeonia.  Become a Paeonia Hall of Fame Member to show your support!

Sponsorship levels are listed below and donations may be made by clicking “More”.  Thanks APS.

Become a Sponsor HERE

            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 Donors
Good Cheer Level Donors
Hephestos Level Donors
– Nate & Kimberly Bremer –
 
Summer Glow Level Donors
– Richard Currie –
 – Susan Buckley –
– Larry and Wendy Argatoff –
 
Old Faithful Level Donors
– Delia Egan –
– Rita Thomas –
– Patricia Holloway –
– Catherine Crawford –
– Jay King –
– Mary Muellner –
 
Minnie Shaylor Level Donors
– Marcia Richardson –
– Lois & David Cahoy –
 
Coral Charm Level Donors
– Darcy Elliot –
 
APS thanks these generous donors for their contributions!  Your generosity benefits members and the peony world at large.

Peonies, Gardens and Related Video

Experience movement and the breadth of Peonies!

 

Coming as submitted through Spring and Summer 2021.

Society Meetings

For Members
Thursday, October 14, 2021; 6:30 p.m. CST

 

Annual General Membership Meeting:  HERE

Please sign in to the Membership Portal and to view:

  • Annual General Membership Meeting Agenda
  • To signup for attendance
  • See APS Board of Director and Committee Reports and other important 2021 Society news.
  • Vote for 2021-2024 Board of Directors

The Annual General Membership meeting is provided to inform and give members a chance to find out about the inner workings of APS.  Additionally, Awards will be provided to Members and the Gold Medal Peony will be announced.