The Canadian Peony Society Presents

The 2021  Virtual  Peony  Show

Jun 15 to Aug 15, 2021

The CPS 2021 Virtual Peony Show

Our Virtual Peony Show competition is open to Canadian Amateur Photographers only. Please review the categories below to see which categories you want to enter. Take your best shot, and get ready to submit it starting June 15, 2021. We hope this will inspire young and old alike to get outdoors and into your the gardens.

Through a photo, we invite you to capture the images of how peonies inspire and enrich your LIVES. We are ENCOURAGING you to SHARE YOUR IMAGES of peonies in whichever category you like. All events are FREE.

Certificates will be awarded to the top three entries in category A-G, and your name will automatically be entered for a fun prize.

We need your help. We can’t do this without you!

Please take time to enter. If you have questions, send an email to contest@peony.ca

Return to this website regularly to watch educational videos, zoom presentations, garden tours and peony art, and much more. Use this menu to jump to other sections of the show on this page.

Rules, Categories & Guidelines

General Contest Rules (Please Read)

  • All entries are for Canadian Residents only.
  • All entries must be photographs taken in the year 2021. The show opens for submissions on June 15, 2021 and closes on August 15, 2021 at 6pm Pacific Time.
  • All entries must be taken by amateur photographers who do not make an income from being a photographer. By entering our contest you are agreeing that the Canadian Peony Society may use your peony photograph for promotional use.
  • All entries must be taken by the person submitting them. All entries except Floral Design must be from their own garden.
  • Complete the entry form on our website and upload your photo’s to the various categories. People’s choice has a limit of one vote per person and opens for voting August 1 and closes August 15, 6pm Pacific Time..
  • Photograph content cannot be altered and will not be accepted.
  • First prize in each numbered category receives a Canadian Peony Society Rosette and a certificate. Second, third prize and honourable mentions winners in a numbered category will receive a certificate by email.

Basic Tips for Photographing Peonies

  • Choose a day that is cloudy or partly cloudy.
  • Choose a day that is not windy. Use a piece of cardboard as a wind deflection if necessary
  • Always have the sun behind you
  • Try to take the photo first thing in the morning or a few hours before sunset
  • Focus on the top of the peony bloom so that we can see the center and petals clearly
    Try to eliminate any “extra’s” in the photo such as leaves, buds, branches, insects, etc.
  • Take several photos and choose the best one to submit. If none are suitable, try again another day.

What do Judges want to see in my photograph?

  • A beautifully formed peony, the complete bloom.
  • A clearly focused photograph with detail on the peony itself.
  • Petals are symmetrical and all uniform.
  • Images that are at least 800 pixels tall.

What do Judges NOT want to see in my photograph?

  • A blurry photograph
  • A partial peony photograph
  • Pollen on petals (past maturity)
  • Petals are missing or poorly formed, uneven, bruised or torn off
  • Images that are less than 800 pixels tall

Section A - Peony Blooms

  • All entries for Peony Blooms (Section A) must be taken with the peony bloom growing on the peony plant, not in a container. The side buds should be removed before taking the picture.
  • This section is for named peonies only. All peonies that you do not know the name of should be in our Unnamed Beauties (Section C)
  • There is a limit of 7 peony blooms photographs per person, 1 for each category.
  • See Peony Definitions below for more information on selecting categories.

1. Single 

2. Semi Double

3. Double

4. Japanese/Anemone

5. Intersectional

6. Tree Peonies

7. Species Peonies

Section B - Seedlings

  • All entries in this category must be peony grown from a seed. Most peonies are from root division but some like the challenge of growing from seed.
  • There is a limit of 3 seedlings photographs per person. The photograph should be of the bloom that is growing on the plant.

8. Seedling – Any colour of seedling

Section C - Unnamed Beauties

  • If you do not know the name of your peony, enter it here.
  • There is a limit of 3 unnamed peony photographs per person.
  • The photograph should be of the bloom only while growing on the plant.

9. Unnamed Beauties
Any colour of unnamed peony

Section D - Floral Design

  • There is a limit of 10 entries per person in Section D
  • All plants material must be natural. All types of flowers, grasses and branches are permitted but peonies should be the dominant flower.

10. La Joie de Vivre

  • Show us the love of your red and white peonies!
  • Other red and white flowers may be added to enhance your design.
  • Container of your choice.

11. Crystal Clear Doubles

  • Arrange your best double peonies in a clear vase of your choice.
  • Only double peonies can be used in this arrangement, no other flower.
  • Vase must be see through so that stems are visible. No leaves below the water line.

12. A Basket Full Of Posies

  • The latest trend in fashion is wearing all the same color of clothing and it is also here in the world of peonies!
  • Use one monochromatic color of peonies in a basket of any size.
  • Basket must be natural fibre such as rattan, bamboo, willow or wood.
  • Other flowers of the same shade may be added.

13. Paradise and Perfection

  • Did you know that Samurai Warriors would practice Ikebana to calm their nerves and relax their minds before battle?
  • Using basic ikebana design show us your inner Samurai in this traditional design with -shin (heaven), soe (earth) and hikae (mankind).

14. Bling It On

  • If diamonds are a girl’s best friend then show us how your peonies sparkle in a glowing arrangement! This bright, glistening design should shimmer with your container of choice.

15. The WOW Factor

  • Wow us with your design using your unique talents to show us something different in peony floral arranging and out of the box.
  • Any container or no container would be amazing.

16. Garden Peace

  • Bring the beauty, peace and calm of the garden by using all white peonies in your favourite design in an all white container.
  • Any other white flowers may be added.

17. Tie the Knot

  • Picture yourself walking through a garden where every flower is at its peak. Bridal bouquet design must include pink peonies.
  • Peonies symbolize wealth, honour and a happy life, prized for their delicacy and impressive beauty. Bring these elements into your bridal bouquet masterpiece!

18. Whims of Nature

  • Use natural woodland and forest elements into this design with branches, buds, blooms and berries.
  • Let your love of nature be your inspiration.
  • Free in form, this design should be as nature appears, sharing the passion of the peony flower.

19. Art of the Peony

  • Japanese masters have developed the techniques of Ikebana over the centuries. While many different styles have evolved the underlying symbolism in the art of Ikebana is a process of achieving spiritual enlightenment and the craft of arranging flowers is a form of meditation.
  • This design is a perfect escape of the stresses of everyday life. The incomparable satisfaction of creating beauty in the home.
  • Peonies of your choice must be a part of this entry.

Section E - Peony Gardens

  • Limit of 5 entries per person
  • Must be from your own garden

20. Best Peony Bush

  • Must be photograph of one entire peony bush.
  • The peony should be in full bloom for the photograph.
  • Other garden plants may be in the background.

21. Best Peony Garden

  • Show us how you have incorporated peonies with other plants into your overall garden design by a photograph of your garden.

22. Best Hybridized Canadian Peony – Registered

  • Submit your best bred in Canada registered peony plant photograph.
  • Not sure what peonies are registered in Canada? Check our website for the list!
  • Must be of the entire Canadian peony bush, not just the blooming section.
  • Other garden plants can be in the background.

23. Best Hybridized Canadian Peony – Not Registered

  • Submit your best bred, not registered, in Canada peony plant photograph.
  • Not sure what peonies are registered in Canada? Check our website for the list!
  • Must be of the entire Canadian peony plant, not just the blooming section.
  • Other garden plants may be in the background.

24. Best Seedling Garden

  • If you grow peonies from seed, we want to see them!
  • Enter your best seedlings in your garden by a photograph of them.
  • This category is a photograph of entire plant of a seedling that you have grown in your garden along with other flowers and plants.

Section F - Biggest Bloom

25. Biggest Bloom

  • Limit of 2 entries per person
  • Submit your biggest, most tremendously beautiful peony bloom photograph with your measuring tape beside it!
  • Your measuring tape must clearly show the measurements.

Section G - People’s Choice (Happy Days Floral Design)

26. People’s Choice (Happy Days Floral Design)

  • Limit of 1 entry per person
  • This design is an arrangement of your favourite peonies in a cheery, sunshine fashion to represent what makes your happy about peonies. Container of your choice.
  • People will vote on their favourite floral design “Happy Days”. Limit of one vote per person for People’s Choice for this entire category (Section G).

Section H - Kid’s Floral Design (Scrumdiddlyumptious Theme)

Who can take tomorrow and dip it in a dream?
Who can make the sunrise and sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle to two?
Who can take a rainbow and wrap it in a sigh?
You can……

Use your “pure imagination” to create a scrumdiddlyumptious creation using a minimum of 5 peonies…the rest is up to you….hold your breath, count to 3…..take a look, and you will see into your imagination.

  • Limit of 1 entry per child
  • Photographs must be of a peony floral design.
  • First names only will be used on the website, parents must sign electronic permission for their child(ren) entering the contest.
  • All photographs submitted will become property of the Canadian Peony Society to be used for promotional purposes.
  • Winners in first place in each age group will receive a $25.00 Indigo Gift Card, second, third place and honourable mention will receive a certificate.

Categories

27. H1 – Age 4 to 6

28. H2 – Age 7 to 9

29. H3 – Age 10 to 13

30. H4 – Age 14 to 16

31. H5 – Age 17 to 18

Entry Categories

See full descriptions above. Click on category titles below to visit corresponding contest page.


SECTION A – Peony Blooms

Limit of 1 entry per person for each category
1. Single
2. Semi Double
3. Double
4. Japanese/Anemone
5. Intersectional
6. Tree Peony
7. Species Peonies

SECTION B – Seedlings

Limit of 3 entries per person for this category
8. Seedling (any colour)

SECTION C – Unnamed Beauties

Limit of 3 entries per person for this category
9. Unnamed Beauties (any colour)

SECTION D – Floral Design

Limit of 1 entry per person for each category
10. La Joie de Vivre
11 Crystal Clear Doubles
12. A Basket Full Of Posies
13. Paradise and Perfection
14. Bling It On
15.The WOW Factor
16. Garden Peace
17. Tie the Knot
18. Whims of Nature
19. Art of the Peony

SECTION E – Peony Gardens

Limit of 1 entry per person for each category
20. Best Peony Bush
21 Best Peony Garden
22. Best Hybridized Canadian Peony-Registered
23. Best Hybridized Canadian Peony
24. Best Seedling Garden

SECTION F – Biggest Bloom

Limit of 2 entries per person for this category
25. Biggest Bloom

SECTION G – People’s Choice Floral Design

Limit of 1 entry per person for this category
26. People’s Choice – Happy Days Floral Design

SECTION H – Kids Floral Design – Scrumdiddlyumptious Theme

Limit of 1 entry per child in the appropriate age category
27. Age 4 to 6
28. Age 7 to 9
29. Age 10 to 13
30. Age 14 to 16
31. Age 17 to 18

Open Gardens

Prairie Peonies Display Garden

Live in the Edmonton Area? This is an amazing Peony garden!

The Prairie Peonies Display Garden aims to educate, inspire and is home to over 100 carefully curated peony varieties selected to represent a diverse selection of flower forms, colors and bloom times. They are from a range of peony breeders whose contributions still remain important in the Peony hybridizing landscape to this day – all located in a very accessible city plot in West Edmonton!

This charming suburb plot is bursting at the seams with peonies for all tastes – historic heirlooms, trailblazing new introductions, APS gold medal winners, best landscapers, garden novelties, fragrant wonders and rare sought-after collector varieties.

Bloom season mid June to mid July. Please visit by appointment via prairiepeoniesgarden@gmail.com.

Click here to visit Hope is Growing