American Peony Society Convention


Jun 5th - Jun 9th    


The Hilton Hotel
3900 American Boulevard West, Bloomington, Minnesota
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2024 American Peony Society Convention


June 5 – June 9, 2024 – Bloomington, MN
“Minnesota’s Peony Pioneers”

Hosted by the Minnesota Peony Society and the American Peony Society

The event will be held at:
The Hilton Hotel
3900 American Boulevard West
Bloomington, MN

Minnesota has a long history with the peony. Of the current 7342 registered peonies, almost 450 were registered by 16 Minnesota hybridizers. The 2024 APS Convention is showcasing the work of Minnesota peony pioneers. O.F. and A.M. Brand started registering peonies in 1907 and today there are still a few active peony hybridizers. Many of the varieties introduced by peony pioneers are still in commercial production along with new introductions. The 2024 APS Convention will be a premier peony event to see these wonderful plants and flowers in person.

Join other passionate peony people for this year’s grandest peony event!  The American Peony Society convention is organized to bring together peony growers and admirers. We invite you to attend and view thousands of live peony blooms and experience the camaraderie of fellow peony enthusiasts.

Use tabs below to learn more, secure lodging and register.

2024 Convention Schedule

Ingredients for Enjoyment!

Details including exact times will be updated. A complete schedule will be emailed to registered attendees and also included in your welcome packet.

Wednesday June 5, 2024
Welcome Reception in the Evening – There will be hors d’oeuvre and a charcuterie board served buffet style.
Meet and greet other convention attendees and enjoy the evening. Cash bar is also available.

Thursday June 6, 2024
Buses will board in the morning for garden tours of Swenson Gardens in Howard Lake, MN and the private garden of Jill Stevens in Benson, MN. A box lunch will be served at Swenson Gardens. See the “Garden Tours” tab for details about these gardens. Buses will return to the hotel around 6PM. Dinner on your own. There will be local information in your welcome packet.
The Exhibition setup room will be available for those whishing to prep flowers. The Hospitality Suite will be available. Minnesota Peony Society will host this room and provide snacks and beverages.

Friday June 7, 2024
First stop is the private gardens of Linette and David Sorrentino in Chaska, MN. We will travel a short distance to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Second day of tours will include the “Peony Walk” at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and time at the Arb in Chaska, MN. Lunch will be served at the Arboretum. We will also view the new peony project at the Arb.  Details of these gardens are also found in the “Garden Tours” tab. ALM Judges Training (tentative) is planned at one of these locations. Buses will return around 3PM. The Exhibition room and prep room will be available for flower prep and Exhibition Setup. Hospitality suite will be open after the buses return.

Seminar – “Showing Fine Peonies” will be presented Friday afternoon. Learn how to prep your flowers for exhibition. Even if you do not exhibit, this seminar is packed full of information on choosing best flowering peonies and which varieties have consistent performance.

Saturday June 8, 2024
Prep room opens at 6AM for final cut flower and artistic entries. The show room closes and judging will finish around noon. Exhibition open to the convention attendees and the public at this time. There will be vendors and information tables. Look for the Exhibition schedule which includes the photography class soon.

Three Seminars are planned and also the first time ever “Create a Peony Bouquet” contest. Contestants will get to create an arrangement in a given time period. Everyone gets the same materials and the winner is chosen by peoples choice. There are cash prizes also. More seminar information coming soon.

Saturday evening events include a banquet and the much anticipated auction. There will be a buffet style meal served with ample choices. Cash bar is also available.

Sunday June 9, 2024
The final day of the convention starts with the continuation of the peony exhibition and at least two more seminars. The exhibition closes late afternoon.

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