Saturday, June 1, 2013

2013 American Peony Society Court of Honor Winners

This year was a challenging one for the American Peony Society's flower show. The climate of a conservatory is definitely warmer than an air conditioned hotel ballroom. So the added heat and humidity was quite a strain on the 2013 APS show flowers. This was my first year participating as a judge for the show, and I learned immensely. We even had a member of the Longwood Gardens staff as a guest judge on our team. It was nice to get an outside perspective on the judging and also get some insight into how other national clubs judge their shows.

2013 American Peony Society Flower Show Judging

There were several categories that had a multitude of entries and some others that had only one entry (many of the tree peony categories and several of the amateur categories). So additional participation is always welcome! All of the single stem blue ribbon first place winners are considered for the American Peony Society Court of Honor. So after all of the many categories have been judged, all of the blue ribbon winners are pulled and and placed into smaller categories. A Court of Honor representative is selected from each of these smaller subcategories filled with blue ribbon winners. The Best in Show flower is then selected from the Court of Honor. The Best in Show award this year went to Peony 'Boreas' a Nassos Daphnis hybrid tree peony, which was selected from the APS Court of Honor:
Peony 'James Pillow'
Peony 'Angel Cheeks'
Peony 'Ave Maria'
Peony 'Maestro'
Peony 'Honor'
Peony 'Prairie Charm'
'Raspberry Charm'
'Sonoma Amethyst'
Peony 'Boreas'
(Best In Show)
Peony 'Renkaku'
Peony 'Kamata-fuji'
Peony 'Shima-nishiki'
Peony 'Marie Laurencia'
Peony 'Alice Harding'

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