BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//wp-events-plugin.com//5.981//EN TZID:Europe/Brussels X-WR-TIMEZONE:Europe/Brussels BEGIN:VEVENT UID:101@peonysociety.eu DTSTART;TZID=Europe/Brussels:20290504T100000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/Brussels:20291001T170000 DTSTAMP:20200306T070947Z URL:https://www.peonysociety.eu/events/whistling-gardens-peony-collection- 2029-05-04/ SUMMARY:Whistling Gardens Peony Collection DESCRIPTION:A recently planted peony collection with approximately 1\,300 d ifferent peony cultivars and species. According to David Michener from the Nichols Arboretum\,  this is the largest public collection in North-Amer ica and one of the largest in the world.\n\n"Our bloom time is usually aro und May 8th with Paeonia mairei or P. steveniana  until the first week of July.  Mid June is the best for sure with the "floral types".\n\nThe own er of Whistling Gardens Darren Heimbecker\, worked at a nursery as a propa gator\, shipper and field manager for 18 years before purchasing a 56 acre farm in Wilsonville\, Ontario. It was cornfield when purchased.  In 2006 \, Whistling Gardens Nursery and Garden Centre was first established\, att racting plant collectors from across Canada and the United States.  In 20 07\, the first gardens were laid out and planted.\n\nMay 26th 2012 marked the official grand opening of “Canada’s Newest Horticultural Playgroun d” as the botanical gardens features 20 landscaped acres.  Guests explo re classical garden styles\, some of which are inspired by the old Renaiss ance gardens of Europe including the Palace of Versailles.  Most gardens are surrounded by natural man made plantings\, streams\, ponds\, and casca des\, as well as cottage garden strolls. The conifer collection contains 2 \,000 different species and cultivars and a donated peony collection featu res approximately 1300 species\, and varieties.  Both are considered to b e the largest public collections in North America! In total there are near ly 5\,000 different plants in Ontario’s only privately operated Botanica l Garden.\nMore info can be found at www.whistlinggardens.ca\n\nAll peoni es donated by Mr. David Maltby and Mr. &\; Mrs. Joe and Hazel Cook and daughter Amy.\n\nMr. David Maltby\, Brant County\, President of the Canadi an Peony Society 600 species\, hybrids and varieties - Mr. &\; Mrs. Joe and Hazel Cook with their daughter Amy\, Blossom Hill Nursery north of Pe terborough BLOSSOM HILL NURSERY\,\n\nThe Cook Family Joe and Hazel Cook wi th their daughter Amy have operated a family owned business\, Blossom Hill Nursery since 1994\, specializing in the hybridization and propagation of British Delphinium elatum. A second passion has resulted in an extensive peony collection of over 600 varieties including species\, tree\, herbaceo us and intersectional peonies. Blossom Hill is located just north of Peter borough and has perennial display gardens as well as 3000 peonies and tria l beds in the field for over 1500 delphiniums. Blossom Hill delphiniums ha ve won the only two Bronze Medals from the UK Delphinium Society presented at the Ontario Delphinium Club field days. The year 2009 was very excitin g for their nursery. Hazel’s entry of one of their peonies\, a large dou ble yellow intersectional\, named Bartzella won the Grand Championship at the Canadian Peony Society Convention held at the Montreal Botanical Garde ns. Blossom Hill Nursery was also honoured with the ‘Outstanding Busines s Achievement Award’ from the Kawartha Lakes Chamber of Commerce\, Easte rn Region. The Cooks are active members of many horticultural organization s. Hazel is now a director for the American Peony Society and Joe is the p ast president of the Ontario Delphinium Club.\n\nDavid J. Maltby Peony don or\, David J. Maltby is a well-respected Canadian general practice lawyer in Brantford\, Ontario. As the current President of the Canadian Peony Soc iety and Past President and current board member of the Ontario Regional L ily Society. He is the 2012 recipient of the North American Lily Society R egional (NALS) Medal\, acknowledging his outstanding service to the hortic ulture and the Ontario Regional Lily Society. Growing accolades are numero us\, Best in Show\, along with many other major awards\, have extended his long winning streak. His respectful peers know him best as ‘a good gard ener’. He made this donation so that it would be available for the publi c to enjoy! The David J. Maltby Peony Collection will be proudly enjoyed b y thousands of guests as a result of his generosity to donate his personal collection of approximately 300 peony plants with several one of kind cul tivars and varieties to Whistling Gardens. LOCATION:Whistling Gardens\, 698 Concession 3 Townsend\, Wilsonville\, ON N 0E 1Z0\, Canada GEO:42.998581;-80.297262 X-APPLE-STRUCTURED-LOCATION;VALUE=URI;X-ADDRESS=698 Concession 3 Townsend\, Wilsonville\, ON N0E 1Z0\, Canada;X-APPLE-RADIUS=100;X-TITLE=Whistling Ga rdens:geo:42.998581,-80.297262 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Europe/Brussels X-LIC-LOCATION:Europe/Brussels BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:20290325T030000 TZOFFSETFROM:+0100 TZOFFSETTO:+0200 TZNAME:CEST END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE END:VCALENDAR