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 NATIONAL AWARDS 
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AWARD OF LANDSCAPE MERIT (ALM) is given by the American Peony Society. In order for a peony to be awarded this status it is expected to stand well through various weather conditions as well as display superior excellence in the ornamental values for which peonies are wanted, plus year to year reliability of performance across North America's peony growing regions. To read more and view those that have been awarded click this link to American Peony Society, Award of Landscape Merit peonies.

GRAND CHAMPION is awarded each year at the American Peony Society’s national convention. The show is open to amateurs and professionals alike, who may enter cut flower stems from all groups of peonies for consideration. A panel of judges evaluates each stem in the various classes and divisions. In each class awards are given to the most worthy flowers that meet certain criteria. The winning flower (blue ribbon winner) from each division are selected for further evaluation, and judges evaluate among the blue ribbon winners the Court of Honor campions. From those top winners the final selection is made and the Grand Champion or "Best of Show" peony is awarded.

GOLD MEDAL AWARD (GM) Exceptional peonies have long been recognized by the American Peony Society by way of awarding medals and certificates. In this scheme of things the Gold Medal has always been considered the ultimate accolade, but as the Society and the interest in peonies has evolved, so to have the criteria by which these medals were awarded. Beauty is always expected in a plant awarded a society's highest honor but it is no longer the overriding factor that it once was. Click this link to see the American Peony Society, Gold Medal peonies.

LIST OF AMERICAN PEONY SOCIETY GOLD MEDAL AWARDS

Year Gold Medal Awarded

Cultivar Name – Originator – Year Registered

1923

Mrs. A. M. Brand (Brand, 1925)

1933

A. B. Franklin (Franklin, 1928)

1933

Mrs. J.V. Edlund (Edlund, 1929)

1934

Harry F. Little (Nicholls, 1933)

1941

Nick Shaylor (Allison, 1931)

1943

Elsa Sass (Sass, 1930)

1946

Golden Glow (Glasscock, 1935)

1946

Hansina Brand (Brand, 1925)

1948

Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Franklin, 1932)

1949

Doris Cooper (Cooper, 1946)

1956

Miss America (Mann-van Steen, 1936)

1956

Red Charm (Glasscock, 1944)

1957

Kansas (Bigger, 1940)

1959

Moonstone (Murawska, 1943)

1971

Miss America (Mann-van Steen, 1936)

1972

Nick Shaylor (Allison, 1931)

1973

Age of Gold T.P. (Saunders)

1974

Walter Mains (Mains, 1957)

1975

Bu-Te (Wassengerg, 1954)

1980

Cytherea (Saunders, 1953)

1981

Bowl of Cream (C.G. Klehm, 1963)

1982

Westerner (Bigger, 1942)

1983

Chinese Dragon (Saunders, 1948)

1984

Dolorodell (Lins, 1942)

1985

Burma Ruby (Glasscock, 1851)

1986

Coral Charm (Wissing, 1964)

1987

Norma Volz (Volz, 1962)

1988

Paula Fay (Fay, 1968)

1989

High Noon (Saunders, 1952 TP)

1990

Sea Shell (Sass, 1937)

1991

White Cap (Winchell, 1966)

1992

America (Rudolph, 1976)

1993

Mother’s Choice (Glasscock, 1950)

1994

Shintenchi (Japan - Honorary)

1994

Pillow Talk (Carl Klehm, 1968)

1995

Sparkling Star (Bigger, 1953)

1996

Garden Treasure (Hollingsworth, 1984)

1997

Old Faithful (Glasscock/Falk, 1964)

1998

Myra Macrae (R. W. Tischler, 1967)

1999

Ludovica (Saunders, 1941)

2000

Pink Hawaiian Coral (Klehm, 1972)

2001

Early Scout (Auten, 1952)

2002

Etched Salmon (Cousins/Klehm, 1981)

2003

Coral Sunset (Wissing, 1981)

2004

Do Tell (Auten, 1946)

2005

Angel Cheeks (Klehm, C.G., 1970)

2006

Bartzella (Anderson, 1986)

2007

Many Happy Returns (Hollingsworth, 1986)

2008

Salmon Dream (David Reath, 1979)

2009

Hephestos (Daphnis, 1977)

2010

Buckeye Belle (Mains, 1956)

2011

Amalia Olson (Olson, 1959)

2012

Topeka Garnet (Bigger, 1975)

2013

The Mackinac Grand (Reath, 1992)

2014

Leda (Daphnis, 1977)

2015

Mahogany (Glasscock, 1937)

2016

Eliza Lundy (Krekler, 1976)

2017

Lois' Choice (Laning, 1993)

2018

Pietertje Vriend Wagenaar (Friend, 1996)

2019

Angel Emily (Seidl/Bremer, 2013)

2020

Hillary (Anderson, 1999)

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