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Peony Advisory Board

The success of the Peony Garden Initiative is in large part due to the exceptional service of professionals who offer their time and expertise on our Peony Advisory Board. These experts bring diverse perspectives, experiences and depth in:

  • peony identification and history,
  • peony culture and disease management,
  • historic garden design and management,
  • public service.


The Board includes leaders from The American Peony Society, The Canadian Peony Society - La Societe Canadienne de la Pivoine, The Heartland Peony Society, The Midwest Peony Society, The Mid-Atlantic Peony Society, The Minnesota Peony Society and The Wisconsin Peony Society. The current (2012) Peony Advisory Board's membership is listed below. Past members are listed as they rotate off as an indication of our appreciation and respect.

Current Members

Carol Adelman of Adelman Peony Gardens in Salem, Oregon

Harvey Buchite of Hidden Springs Flower Farm in Anoka, Minnesota

Peggy Cornett of Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants in Charlottesville, Virginia

Lindsay D'Aoust of La Pivoinerie D'Aoust in Hudson Heights, Quebec

Donald Hollingsworth of Hollingsworth Nursery in Maryville, Missouri

Jeff Jabco of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Reiner Jakubowski - the Registrar for the American Peony Society in its role as the International Cultivar Registration Authority - in Waterloo, Ontario

Scott Kunst of Old House Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Scott Parker of Wisconsin Peony Society, in Tomah, Wisconsin

Donald Smith, founder of the Midwest Peony Society and owner of Sylvan Gardens in Floyds Knob, Indiana

James Waddick - international horticulturist - in Kansas City, Missouri



Past Member

John Elsley