Gary White, president of the American Iris Society, will discuss peonies at the Garden Club of Lincoln meeting Monday (Feb. 12).

His interest has been a life-long passion. His mother grew peonies, calling them “pynies” back in Appalachia He started collecting these plants in West Virginia. He continued to acquire them after moving to Nebraska in 1993 and currently has more than 80 varieties on 2-plus acres.

Now retired after 35 years as a hospital pharmacist, he is able to devote more time to his horticultural pursuits. He is active in the Lincoln Iris Society as well as being president of the American Iris Society.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served before and after the presentation.

The Garden Club of Lincoln meeting is scheduled in the Culler Middle School cafeteria, 52nd and Vine streets. The public is invited free of charge. Enter through the southwest door.

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