2022 Fall Auction Summary
2022 Fall Auction and Educational Summary
Held: Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Bachman’s on Lyndale
The Minnesota Peony Society sponsored a Fall Educational and live root auction on Sunday, September 25, 2022. Nate Bremer of Solaris Farms, Wisconsin gave a presentation titled “Insider Information – Investing in New, Novel and Not-to-Miss Introductions for Your Peony Collection”.
About 70 people listened to Nate explain and debunk some of the myths on growing peonies. Perhaps one of the most discussed was the use of peat moss when planting bare roots in the fall. When digging a hole for peonies, it is important to keep and mix in as much as native soil as possible. Too much peat and compost may hold excess water and cause decay. If you picture a bowl (dug hole) filled with water then you can imagine what the peony root has to sit in for the winter. He stressed to take care in digging your spot for planting peonies and make sure to mix in soil building materials carefully so rot is not promoted.
There were many desirable peonies shown in his presentation that every collector should have. However, not all peonies are created equal. Some are easily cultivated, others not. Some varieties may look alike varieties already released. The tips Nate gave helped novice as well as seasoned gardeners.
After the presentation, MPS started the live auction. There were 64 peony roots, 1 lilac (named ‘Bob Tischler’) and 5 sets of garden tools. Nate Bremer (multitasking) and Scott Parker were the auctioneers. After all items were sold, the average price per peony was $45, if one removes the 1 item that went highest. ‘Stephen E Ambrose’, donated by Swenson Gardens, went for $350. The range of prices for all other bare roots was $30 to $110. The auction included a selection of hybrids, woodys’, lactiflora and intersectionals. The following lists are the donors and the items offered.
Thank You 2022 MPS Fall Root Auction Donors!
ADELMAN PEONY GARDENS
Jim & Carol Adelman
DON HOLLINGSWORTH NURSERY
PARKER’S PEONY & PERENNIAL FARM
Nate & Kimberly Bremer
Becky & Keith Swenson
Floyd & Eloise Kimball
David and Linette Sorrentino
Wisconsin Peony Society
Auction peony Roots
|ILLINI POM POM
|SINGING IN THE RAIN
|BOB TISCHLER LILAC
|BALL O’ COTTON
|MAGICAL MYSTER TOUR
|MOON OVER BARRINGTON
|HAPPY VALLEY (unreleased Franklin Chow intro)
|GARDEN FAIRY (unreleased Franklin Chow intro)
|SH120 (future Bremer intoduction)
|STEPHEN E. AMBROSE