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.


The Canadian Peony Society / Société canadienne de la pivoine is delighted to announce the return of our Zoom Speaker Series for 2024. Save the dates for the CPS 2024 winter webinar series. All webinars will be on Sundays so grab your warm beverage, cozy blanket, and cuddle up for some fascinating and informative sessions!

Sunday, January 28, 2024, 2 p.m. EST

“Ugly Buds: Managing Diseases on Peonies - A Plant Pathologist Stroll Through the Peony Field” presented by Gary A Chastagner, Ph.D.

There are not many diseases that affect peonies, but when something is wrong with our beloved plants it is critical to understand the issue and impacts. Dr. Chastagner will share an overview of his research program, as well as talk about some of the principles associated with peony disease management, including Tobacco Rattle Virus, based on his work at the Washington State University Research and Extension Center. Have your questions ready for this presentation!

Sunday, February 18, 2024, 2 p.m. EST

“The Herbaceous Peony Introductions of A.P. Saunders” presented by Lois Girton, Ph.D.

The work of Arthur Percy Saunders, considered the father of the modern peony, has generated an estimated 14,000 seedlings. Today perhaps 140 of those cultivars still exist and are eagerly sought after by peony enthusiasts. Lois’ presentation will cover the herbaceous group of peonies he introduced, how to distinguish between look-a-likes, as well as discuss the importance of reference gardens in preserving his peonies.

Sunday, March 17, 2024, 2 p.m. EST

“Blossoms of Entrepreneurship in Peony Farming” with panelists Kate-Lynn Clark, Caroline Vouligny, and Lizianne Fortier

Join us for an inspiring journey into peony farming as we feature three remarkable young entrepreneurs cultivating peony farms in Quebec. These trailblazers will share their unique experiences, visions, challenges, and specialties in an engaging presentation that promises to bloom with insights. Each presenter will share their experiences followed by an interactive Q&A session with the panelists.

Sunday, May 5th, 2024, Time TBD (In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting)

"Legends and Legacies: A Visual Recap of the APS 2023 Convention", presented by Nick Maycher

Travel virtually to the 2023 American Peony Society convention in Syracuse, New York with Nick Maycher, CPS Prairies Director, as he takes us on a visual journey full of awe-inspiring imagery. Nick will highlight the splendor of the garden tours which brought members to outstanding gardens with a focus on the contributions of Nassos Daphnis and Professor A. P. Saunders, as well as the flower exhibition which had the show tables blanketed with a symphony of showy flowers. Along the way we'll be introduced to colourful characters in the community and the staple activities of an APS convention.

Watch your Inbox for more detailed information on each webinar including details of how to join the Winter Webinar Series 2024 sessions. Attendance of the live sessions, which will not be recorded, is open to CPS members only. For those wishing to attend who are not currently members, please consider CPS membership.

25th Anniversary National Show Gallery

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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

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