The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, among other dignitaries, joined us to acknowledge the "Premiere Canadian Peony Collection" donors the Cook Family and David J. Maltby.
Initially over 600 varieties were donated to Whistling Gardens in the fall of 2013. Since then the collection has grown to approximately 1,300 varieties of herbaceous, Intersectional, tree peony and species. It is the largest collection in North America and certainly one of the largest in the world.
In the fall of 2016, a dedicated Peony garden will start construction. Currently the peonies are located in large beds throughout the 20 acres. Dr. Feng, a peony tree breeder from the Beijing Botanical gardens called the collection on his visit to Whistling Gardens one of the most impressive and comprehensive collections he has ever seen.
We hope you will visit and enjoy this truly amazing collection of plants.
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COLLECTIONS: 600 plants with several one of kind varieties - Mr. David Maltby, Brant County, President of the Canadian Peony Society / 600 species, hybrids and varieties - Mr. & Mrs. Joe and Hazel Cook with their daughter Amy, Blossom Hill Nursery north of Peterborough.
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Since the fall of 2013 with the first plantings of donated peonies, the collection now encompasses 1,200 species and varieties. It is the largest collection in North America by far. It is also one of the most complete collections of peonies in the world. A new formal garden was initially planted in 2017 and finished in 2018 with well over 500 varieties. David and the Cooks continue to donate new specimens each season. The Itoh Hybrid collection is moving into the conifer garden.