2023 Canadian Peony Society National Show – June 9-11, Oshawa, Ontario



Celebrating 25 years of peonies in Canada

Our 25th Anniversary Committee will present an amazing overview of the society, including many facets that are perhaps unknown to our members, by interviewing past presidents, volunteers, lifetime members, hybridizers, vendors, growers, and collectors past and present to hear how they all interconnect to support the CPS today.


You’re invited - this year we are going back to a live show!

Friday June 9
Peony bloom drop off, Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Arena

Meet and Greet Reception, Legends of Fazio Restaurant, Oshawa - Cash bar, light snacks, dinner menu available.

Saturday June 10
Peony Bloom drop off, Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Arena

Peony Show Judging, Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Arena

Peony Show Open - Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Arena

Guest speakers, Oshawa Convention Centre, Richmond Hall

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2:00pm “Time Capsule, Peonies at the Farm” presented by Blaine Marchand

Canada’s Central Experimental Farm (CEF) located in the middle of Ottawa, has a rich history dating back to 1886 due to its mandate to breed and test new crops suitable for the Canadian climate. Peonies have had a long association with the CEF. William Saunders had astutely collected 150 cultivars and species peonies at the farm. Today the time capsule collection consists of 600 peonies, 400 named varieties including 105 developed by Arthur Percy Saunders the pre-eminent peony breeder of the 21st century. This is perhaps the largest collection of Saunders’ peonies in Canada, possibly the world.

Blaine is an award winning poet and former diplomat. He has been President of the League of Canadian Poets, the Ottawa Horticultural Society and the Canadian Peony Society. Until recently he was a board member of the friends of the CEF and remains a Friends volunteer on the peony team. He and his partner, Jamie Robertson, tend to a collection of over 500 peonies around a 125 year old schoolhouse in Osceola, Ontario.

2:45pm “Spreading Peony Joy” presented by Joan Campbell

In celebration of the Canadian Peony Society’s 25th Anniversary Joan has orchestrated a memorable garden of Canadian Peonies in Stratford, Ontario. She will share with you how this garden came to be, the development of the garden, peony choices and interesting details of this project.

Joan retired from a 42 year career in the non profit and co-operative housing sector. She now spends her time quilting and gardening on 6 acres outside of Branford, Ontario. A peony enthusiast in many ways, Joan is the current secretary on the board of CPS.

3:30pm “Peonies with a Purpose” presented by Tom Harris and Dennis Gebhardt

Tom and Dennis are the owners of Schoolhouse Gardens in Warkworth, Ontario and volunteers at Warkworth Bridge Hospice. They will be sharing the history of Schoolhouse gardens, on growing peonies, and an inspirational presentation of their glorious gardens along with the Bridge Hospice Memory Garden, a serene and peaceful garden with a waterfall that they were instrumental in the creation of.

Tom and Dennis are expert gardeners and very experienced peony growers. They are lifetime members of the Canadian Peony Society and Tom is the former president of the CPS.

Reception, Oshawa Convention Centre - Cash bar, light snacks

Annual General Meeting, Oshawa Convention Centre

Dinner, Oshawa Convention Centre

Auction, Oshawa Convention Centre

Sunday June 11
National Peony Show Open, Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

Self Driving Garden Tours, Oshawa area

National Peony Show Registration

June 9-11, 2023
Oshawa, Ontario


Add these dates to your calendar so you do not miss out on our peony specialist talks.
You must be a member to participate.

Dr. Patricia Holloway

Adventures in Peony Gardening & Farming in Alaska
Apr 23, 2023 11:30 a.m. Vancouver


Local and Regional Events Happening Across Canada

June 16-18, 2023
Castlegar Peony Show
Sandman Hotel, Castlegar, BC
Contact: Holly Pender-Love 250-368-6228 hplove8@telus.net

June 17 -18, 2023
Quebec Peony Society Show
Parc Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, QC

June 24-25, 2023
The 2023 Prairie Peony Society show will be held at the Cathedral Community Centre in Regina on June 24-25. The address is 2900 - 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan. Judging Categories will include NOID cultivars, most fragrant peony (as judged by the public), species, herbaceous hybrids, lactifloras and woody peonies, as well as floral displays, goblets, bowls and photographs. Volunteers will be on hand to assist the public with entries.

2023 CPS Lifetime Achievement Award


Purpose of the Award

To recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Society’s activities

Award Criteria

Individuals nominated must have given of themselves to promote the Peony in any combination of the following ways:

  • ambassador
  • author
  • editor
  • grower
  • hybridizer
  • board member
  • donation of roots to gardens which are open to the public
  • organizer of major society activities
  • member in good standing

Nomination Process

  • Any member of the Society may nominate any other member of CPS by writing a letter to the board outlining the reasons for the nomination.
  • The deadline for this year’s nominations is April 15, 2023
  • Submit nominations to Awards Committee c/o Darlene Kalawsky at darlene@kalawsky.com

Who We Are

We are a Society dedicated to the growth and development of Peonies. We are always looking for new members and enthusiasts to join the Society, so join us and come and share your passion!

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Contact Info

Canadian Peony Society
4338 Line 26
St. Pauls, ON N0K 1V0