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May 29, 2018 11:19 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Don Hollingsworth is a peony hybridizer from Maryville, MO. He has around 50 peonies registered with the American Peony Society (I believe he is an active member). Don turned 90 years old last April (2018)!

In an interview with southernpeony.com in 2016, he listed eight of his most popular introductions: 'Garden Treasure', 'Many Happy Returns', 'My Love', 'LaDonna', 'Lorelei', 'Summer Glow', 'Show Girl', and 'Pink Teacup'. Of these his most favorite is 'Garden Treasure' which he crossed ~1968 and is one of the first American Bred intersectional (Itoh) hybrid peonies. He registered it with the APS in 1984.

'Garden Treasure' is somewhat special to me as well. Fourteen years ago I purchased this peony from Adelman for $100. This was unusual for me. I was used to spending $15-20 for a premium peony. Bottom line, it has been one of my favorite peonies every year.

I currently have 7 peonies introduced by Hollingsworth: Paeonia 'Belleville', Paeonia 'Border Charm', Paeonia 'Folk Art', Paeonia 'Garden Treasure', Paeonia 'Prairie Charm', Paeonia 'Prairie Star', Paeonia 'Show Girl'

First to bloom this year is Peony 'Show Girl'

"Paeonia 'Show Girl', 2018 photo, (2-AN-PK) Hybrid Peony, (Hollingsworth 1984), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, Japanese /Anemone form, pink guard petals, yellow cream petalodes, side-buds, early bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 5c, In Garden Bed V2 for 2.6 YEARS (Bann). Planted in 2015.

Parentage Dawn Pink x Echo (second generation of Lacti x Anomola). Mature plants can develop center petals. Dark green foliage. Flowers are well above the foliage.


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May 30, 2018 8:46 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
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Thanks, Frank for doing the series on the Peony breeders and what they are famous for.....or should be famous for !
I enjoy reading these excerpts on the history of modern peonies.
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May 30, 2018 8:57 AM CST
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May 31, 2018 11:13 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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I had the privilege of meetin and speaking with Don the morning Anya and I were leaving to return home. He is sharp and very nice. Talked with us for some time. I think meeting him in person, along with working with Jim Adelman prepping for the judging ranks as one of my most wonderful memories.
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May 31, 2018 11:37 AM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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I agree I also consider meeting and talking to Don as a privilege. Even have a picture with him. Smiling He is part of the peony history.
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May 31, 2018 3:10 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
His favorite and one of mine...

"Paeonia 'Garden Treasure', 2018 photo, (3-SD-Y) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Hollingsworth, 1984), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, semi-double, yellow petals, muted red flares, side buds, lemon fragrance, no support needed, midseason bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 5c-6, In Garden Bed G3.5 for 13.6 YEARS (Adel). Planted in 2004.

APS Gold Medal Award 1996. Award of Landscape Merit 2009. My first Itoh hybrid, planted in 2004. Still one of my favorites. An intersection cross of Paeonia lactiflora x P. (Lutea Hybrid) Alice Harding.

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Dec 12, 2018 8:45 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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Paeonia 'Border Charm', Common Name: (3-SL-Y) Itoh Hybrid Peony, Size: 24"", Sulfer Yellow with red stigmas, Breeder: (Hollingsworth, 1984), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Michigan Bloom Month 5-6

Paeonia 'Border Charm' (Hollingsworth, 1984) is a 24" yellow Itoh hybrid peony. Compact and dwarf. The flowers are a soft sulfur yellow single (or semi-single). Deep bluish green foliage. Petals tips are a lighter shade of yellow. Flower has large red flares and a prominent center of sheathed carpels and red stigma. Strong stems that arch form a wide, low bush. Support is not usually required. It is a cross of a peony lactiflora cultivar and tree peony 'Alice Harding.' American peony breeders started introducing Itoh hybrids in the early to mid 1980s. This was one of those early releases.

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Dec 20, 2018 6:51 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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Paeonia 'Prairie Charm', Common Name: (3-SD-Y) Itoh Hybrid Peony, Size: 28"", Medium height, semi-double, Light Yellow w/white stigmas, red-purple flares, Breeder: (Hollings worth, Kansas City, 1992), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Michigan Bloom Month 5-6

APS Registration: (Don Hollingsworth, Kansas City), Jan. 17,1992. Seedling number Hollingsworth 816, herbaceous, woody (tree peony) Itoh Hybrid, parentage Miss America x Lutea Hybrid Alice Harding - first bloomed before 1980. This Itoh Hybrid is semi-double, light yellow with prominent red-purple flares, stigmas, sheath and filaments creamy white, carpels green, anthers yellow with small amount of pollen. Medium size flower with 20-30 petals. Sometimes irregularly toothed at petal ends. 26-30 inches in height with excellent stem strength.

I planted this one in 2013.

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Dec 20, 2018 4:46 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
The only peony that I have bred by Don Hollingsworth is Sandra Marie. This peony is excellent all around plant with beautiful flowers, strong stems, and lovely foliage from the purple pips to the colorful fall foliage. It is also very fertile. It has every desirable attribute wrapped in a beautiful package. It opens in deeper pink and fades to blush and white.


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Dec 20, 2018 5:31 PM CST

'Garden Treasure ' and 'Border Charm' looks the same to me. Anyone can tell me what makes "Garden Treasure " special ?
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Dec 20, 2018 5:38 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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Border Charm and Prairie Charm look similar to me, the bush of Border Charm looks impressive, Frank!

I love your Sandra Marie, Karen, such a lovely peony! I am so happy I have it now! Smiling
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Dec 20, 2018 5:39 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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littlebin said:'Garden Treasure ' and 'Border Charm' looks the same to me. Anyone can tell me what makes "Garden Treasure " special ?


Garden Treasure is almost double, it is much fuller than Bartzella un my garden. I love it!
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Dec 20, 2018 5:41 PM CST
Name: Shawn S.
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@frankrichards16 I can recall they used to mail Christmas cards- & wow that was a long time ago! I never did get around to creating any hybrids with those suffruticosa. Only, between the cultivars. Must have had over 15 of those, at one point & even though I had many of the old heirloom sort like 'Sarah Bernhardt' 'Mons.Jules etc...& oh so many others....,& never did try to produce anything like Itoh did... I only saved seeds of the crossed tree peonies, to grow. I left the seedlings that grew last, in the previous apartment I had. It isn't far away & can always go stop by to see what became of those.
Thanks for sharing, Shawn
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Dec 20, 2018 6:02 PM CST

Thanks, how many years for "Garden Treasure" to be double?

I have not seen a double "Garden Treasure" yet except at APS exhibition. Even the "Garden Treasure" in Adelman Peony Garden exhibition garden are mostly single or semi-double.

anyagoro said:

Garden Treasure is almost double, it is much fuller than Bartzella un my garden. I love it!
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Dec 20, 2018 6:30 PM CST
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Here is my Garden Treasure from May 2017

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Dec 21, 2018 1:05 AM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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littlebin said:Thanks, how many years for "Garden Treasure" to be double?

I have not seen a double "Garden Treasure" yet except at APS exhibition. Even the "Garden Treasure" in Adelman Peony Garden exhibition garden are mostly single or semi-double.

I bought a small root in spring 2016 and it flowered in a couple of months like this:
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In 2917 its only 2 flowers looked like this:
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This year photo of one flower of 9 in total:
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Dec 21, 2018 4:09 PM CST
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Not only is Hollingsworth a spectacular hybridizer, but he is also a very kind and gracious gentleman. Garden Treasure has to be my favorite Hollingsworth bred peony.
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Dec 21, 2018 4:32 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Garden Treasure was my first venture into the world of Itoh peonies. Purchased it from Adelmans in 2004, some 14 years ago. Remains one of my favorites:)
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Dec 21, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, your Garden Treasure must be massive by now! What is its current bush size? How many blooms do you get this past spring? I have yet seen an itoh that old!
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Dec 22, 2018 6:42 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Here is a 2018 photo. I have not counted blooms.

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this 2015 photo gives you a better idea of the size

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