Additional Resources

Additional Resources

More to learn about our favorite plants

Through electronic media, never before have gardeners had so much information available.  Unfortunately, many of the most visited sources are riddled with deceptive, inaccurate or false information concerning plants.  Societies and expert groups remain the ‘go to’ organizations for trusted information about our favorite plants and we recommend them to answer questions. We do not recommend social media or mass marketing websites as informational sources.   The following websites/organizations are known for their excellence and can provide a myriad of knowledge.  Enjoy!

American Peony Society… The APS is the most complete and expert source for Paeonia related information.  Much information is available through the website and is the most reliable source to learn about peonies.  Excellent articles encompassing all aspects of this beautiful genus are available for public viewing.  The site includes a database of Registered Peony Cultivars, including many images and excellent information.  The oldest, worldwide, true non-profit, has many functions and supports peony research and education.  APS is the best in class peony resource.

Online Guide to Cactus…An excellent no-nonse source for information about nearly any cactus.  Great images and information

Carsten Burkhardt’s Paeonia Project… The ‘JEWEL’ of all Peony websites, this online resource has a huge database with many pictures and information.  This site is a must for Paeonia aficionados!  The site does not contain the most current Paeonia introductions, but the vast majority of plants grown prior to 2006 can be found.  Some care must be taken when viewing information and images as there are some inaccuracies, due to the use of many non-expert pieces/resources .

Heartland Peony Society…Located in the Kansas City area, this society has been a staple of peony lovers for many years.  The group runs yearly auctions and educational programs.  An excellent group with numerous welcoming expert level members.

Minnesota Peony Society…Out of Minneapolis/St. Paul this group is made up of enthusiastic members from one of the most northern growing areas in the United States.  The society typically has a winter educational program, a spring tour, a flower show during bloom season and a fall educational program/auction.

North American Lily Society…Obviously this group has a wonderful and educational website, but also are an organization that promotes the genus through educational events.  Lilies are becoming popular and their is much to know, these folks can certainly help in this regard.

Wisconsin Peony Society…The Wisconsin Peony Society meets in the Madison Area three to four times per year.  Spring brings an education program for members and the public and tour of peony gardens.  In the fall the membership meets for an annual auction and potluck.  The group is welcoming and is willing to provide needed assistance in growing peonies.

There are numerous other local and national plant socieities which are excellent sources for information and participation.   The American Peony Society lists other societies at: