The public is encouraged to stay tuned for the arrival of a very special peony. Organizers are planning a planting ceremony with local dignitaries at the Station Garden Museum.

Rare peony donated to Station Garden Museum

The Station Garden Museum is to be the recipient of the rare and beautiful Adrienne Clarkson Peony.

  • Nov. 13, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Holly Pender-Love, co-director of the British Columbia/Yukon Region of the Canadian Peony Society has learned that the Station Garden Museum is to be the recipient of the rare and beautiful Adrienne Clarkson Peony.

The Adrienne Clarkson Peony is a single, white peony with a yellow centre, the translucent white petals are of exquisite beauty. Adrienne Clarkson was a supporter of the Canadian Peony Society and during her tenure as Governor General of Canada the society had several peony shows at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

The public is encouraged to stay tuned for the arrival of this very special peony. Organizers are planning a planting ceremony with local dignitaries at the Station Garden Museum.

Local member, Adriana Work donated several peony root divisions last fall to the Station Garden to augment their peony display. The Castlegar Garden Club and Communities in Bloom members donate their time to the upkeep and maintenance of this lovely, downtown garden.  The Garden Club has their very successful plant sale at the Station Garden Museum early May each year.

Peony Show:

Castlegar is to be the venue for a Peony Show that is being co-sponsored by the Canadian Peony Society, Castlegar Garden Club and Castlegar Communities in Bloom.

This show will be held at the Sandman Inn in Castlegar on June 28, 2015 as one of the venues of the Castlegar Garden Tour and will be open to the public.


The Castlegar Peony Show will be a judged show awarding ribbons in a number of categories and will be judged by Carol and Jim Adelman of Salem, Oregon.  Carol Adelman is president of the Pacific Northwest Peony Society and is a director of the American Peony Society and a member of the Canadian Peony Society. She is very active in peony circles worldwide and “we are very lucky to get her to judge this show,”

said show chair Pender-Love.


“We are so pleased with the positive comments we are getting from local gardeners and residents of the region,” explained Pender-Love.

“Castlegar is definitely a can- do city. It will be a feather in our cap for securing this show in our small city,” said Darlene Kalawsky.

Kalawsky is the treasurer and advertising chair of the Castlegar Peony Show 2015 Committee that has been organizing this event. Other committee members are: Adriana Work, vice-president, Arlene Chapman and Connie Smith — organizers of the luncheon and presentation June 27 ­ Janette Dascent, chair of the decorating committee and Carolyn McKinnon, local peony enthusiast.

There will be both amateur and professional entries in the flower arranging category in this show as well as entries from around the country, possibly as far away as Ontario and the Pacific Northwest states.

“Our focus is on local bloom entries,” said Pender-Love. “We want to showcase the beautiful peonies local gardeners have growing in their yards.”

Carol Adelman has agreed to give a presentation, Growing and Caring for Peonies, at the luncheon. The luncheon and presentation will be held at the Castlegar Community Complex, and tickets must be purchased in advance of this event.

The Castlegar Peony Show 2015 Committee would like local gardeners, florists, and growers to enter blooms in the show. There are categories for everyone!

Blooms will be accepted on Friday night, June 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m and again on Saturday morning, June 27 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Sandman Inn on Columbia Avenue in Castlegar.  Please email questions to Adriana Work at

For more information on entering blooms, accommodations, tickets for luncheon presentation, or to volunteer, contact Holly Pender-Love at or (250) 368-6228 and or Adriana Work or (250)  359-7142, or check for updates on her Dutch Girl Peonies website at

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