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2020 MPS Annual Educational Seminar

Saturday, February 22th, 2020
Minnesota Peony Society Educational Seminars

Heritage Room
6010 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 554419

11:00 am: Floral Design Seminar — “Tapestry of Peonies” featuring National Garden Club judge, Phyllis Andrews
If you would like to learn more about floral design using peonies, join us for this educational opportunity with one of Minnesota’s best floral designers and accredited floral design judge. Besides being a National Garden Club judge, Phyllis is also a design and hort instructor for the Minnesota Horticultural Society and is Superintendent of Flowers for the floral competitions at the State Fair.

12:00 noon: MPS Social

12:30 pm: Membership Business Meeting — Hear about our plans for 2020

1:00 pm — 3:00 pm: Speaker Presentation — “Cut Flower Production from Peonies” with Piet Wierstra, owner of Oregon Perennial Company, Woodburn, Oregon
Oregon Perennial Company is a family owned long time producer/wholesaler of premium root stock for Peonies, Daylilies, and other flowering perennials. This presentation will cover the growing peonies as well as peonies as a cut flower for the florist trade. Come learn about growing peonies as well as learning about fresh cut flowers production.
Piet was born and raised in the Netherlands and was part owner of a business growing tulips, lilies and iris. In 1986, he accepted an offer to move to Oregon and manage the production of 2000 acres for Oregon Bulb Farms. It was there that he first came in contact and fell in love with peonies. In 1992, he started Oregon Perennial Company with his son, Andre. Much of their crop today consists of peonies, which are grown for bare root division and cut flowers. Oregon Perennial Company provides premium U.S. grown rootstock to cut flower growers, wholesalers, and nurseries located in North America and Europe. Piet is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Peony Society and now on the board of the American Peony Society. He loves collecting peony specimens and has quite the collection in his own garden.