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Assiniboine Park Marking National Garden Day

June 13, 2014 7:49 AM | Entertainment

Canada Garden Day is being marked by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy this weekend, featuring the National Peony Show.

A planting demonstration by David Maltby, president of the Canadian Peony Society, will kickoff the events at 1 p.m. today in the conservatory tent. An Itoh peony and herb sale will run from 2-4 p.m. following the demonstration.

“Peonies are a very beautiful and hearty perennial that grow exceptionally well in our extreme Manitoba climate,” said Gerald Dieleman, director of horticulture at Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “We’re always pleased to be able to showcase plant material and offer demonstrations on a species that gardeners can successfully grow in this climate. Peonies definitely fit into that category.”

The National Peony Show is open at the Conservatory Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of scheduled events, including a judged competition and various planting demonstrations throughout the day.