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Peony Group

About the group

Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'

The Peony Group is a specialist group of the Hardy Plant Society formed in 1987, and exists to stimulate greater and more specialist interest in growing all types of peonies; bringing together amateur and professional enthusiasts worldwide.

It also provides members with information about less well-known species, and aims to make peonies in general available to a wider audience. A newsletter is published twice a year, in Spring and in Autumn. This keeps us up to date with recent developments in the ‘peony world’ and encourages articles and inputs from all members of the group, regardless of experience or knowledge on peonies. Encouraged are articles about trips made to other countries looking at peonies; nurseries and gardens. Also included is practical advice on sowing, growing, and flowering peonies, as well as help with identification of peonies.There are now over 100 members of the peony group, both in Great Britain and overseas. Our international members can be found in the USA, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Germany, France, Finland, Eire, Canada, Belgium and Australia. The Committee consists of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Distributor. There are also strong links with other peony organisations.


2017 AGM 

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the HPS Peony Group will take place on Sunday 14th May. 

The last few years have seen our study day and AGM under cloudy skies with rain threatening.  For 2017 we are in Manchester area and hope for fair skies as we visit Phedar Nursery of Will McLewin fame.  The nursery is not a conventional one, situated on a very steep hillside and shaded by trees.  It is not generally open to the public except by appointment.  Will probably has the largest collection of Gansu Mudan peonies in Europe and in mid May they should be at their peak.  Will has also been busy potting up tree peonies for our visit.  These will be available for sale at the nursery.  We should also be able to see directly the results of the peony trenching he did in early autumn 2016
Our AGM will be brief and followed by a lecture from Jeanine Lemmens from the Belgium Nursery Graefswinning.  She and her partner specialise in peonies.

The Peony - a Precious Landscape Plant' by Jeanine Lemmons.  

It will consider what makes a good plant for landscaping, not just the 'fluffy' aspect that many people fall for, but plant habits over the 3 growing seasons that make particular varieties particularly useful, with how they are bred and chosen etc.  It will include tree peonies but will have a broader scope across the genus.  She will try and bring a selection of flower heads in season.

Judy will give us an update on the DNA study of Paeonia daurica that our group is sponsoring.  And after lunch we travel the four and a bit miles to Phedar and the nearby Chadkirk Estate with its wild flower meadow and Walled Garden.  The Walled Garden is maintained by volunteers and we have a guided visit.
If you wish to join us on the day please Complete this booking form or contact the Peony Group Secretary, Kath Carey for more information.
Numbers limited to 50. 
Open to HPS members and visitors with priority to Peony Group members.

The cost is £9.00 for Peony Group members, £11.00 for HPS members and £15.00 for visitors.

2016 AGM

The 2016 Peony Day took place on Sunday 19 June 2016 at Claire Austin's Nursery, White Hopton Farm, Wern Lane, Sarn, Newtown, SY16 4EN 

Seed Exchange 

The Peony Group operates an annual seed exchange, whereby members donate surplus seeds, both species and cultivars; ‘tree’ and herbaceous. A nominal fee is charged for administration. Members often report back with interesting articles and photographs in the newsletter with news of their successes.


Newsletter 2015
Newsletter 2014
Newsletter 2013

Further Information



UK: £5.00, two people at the same address: £6.00
Overseas: £6.50 (payable in conjunction with the annual HPS subscription)

A subscription form is available to download here (Word document)

For more information about the HPS Peony Group, please contact Kath Carey on 01925 267633 or email

Membership is open to all members of The Hardy Plant Society.


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