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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.


2020 AGM

HPS Peony Group AGM and Peony Day, Saturday June 13th 2020    CANCELLED

The Peony Group AGM and talk will be held at Welton Village Hall, Lincolnshire, LN2 3LU. 

After the AGM the speaker will be Jo Bennison, of Bennison Peonies talking on ‘The Itoh hybrids and other A-list peonies’
In the afternoon we will visit Bennison Peonies, where plants can be ordered to be supplied bare root in the autumn, followed by a visit to Brightwater Garden, an 8 acre Twenty-first century garden with shrub and herbaceous planting, including peonies and roses, a small lake and arboretum.

Details: £12.00 for HPS Peony Group members, £14.00 for HPS members and £15.00 for visitors.

2019 AGM

AGM and Peony Day Sunday, June 2nd 2019

Birtsmorton Court, Birtsmorton, nr. Malvern WR13 6JS

By kind permission of Mrs Rosalie Dawes, the Peony Day will be held at Birtsmorton Court. It is difficult to imagine a more delightful location. The medieval moated manor house is set off by romantic gardens full of roses and peonies. The White Garden  is very special and the topiary hedges are an impressive sight.

Main speaker: Susannah Applegate on  ‘James Kelway and his beautiful peonies’

10 .00am: Registration, tea/coffee, plant sales, peony-themed raffle

10.30am: Peony Group AGM

11.00am: Susannah Applegate: ‘James Kelway and his beautiful peonies’

Lunch: bring your own packed lunch, which can be eaten at tables in the courtyard by the AGM venue.

After lunch we will be able to enjoy the lovely gardens of Birtsmorton Court.

Cost:  Peony Group members £11.50,  HPS members £13, visitors £15

2018 AGM

Peony Group Study Day and AGM June 9th 2018

This year we met at the Hillside Centre, RHS Garden, Wisley.  
After the short AGM there was a talk by Caroline Stone on ‘I had a dream…how a passion for peonies began’

The afternoon programme included an introduction to and guided tours of the RHS Peony Trials, propagation demonstrations, and short talks.

Specialist peony nurseries were present as well as our members’ table.

There was no charge for the event.

2017 AGM 

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

Our AGM was 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.

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 Caroline Stone on 01566 785706 or email

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


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