Spring Quarterly is Available!

The Spring Quarterly is now available for digital subscribers and members to read here

You can read the Contents and “View from Here” here 

Members and Digital Subscribers can read all the Quarterlies published since 1941 here

American Primrose Society’s 2024 National Show – Saturday May 4, 2024 Update

The American Primrose Society’s National Show, sponsored by the New England Chapter, will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, Rhode Island from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.  Private events start on Friday, May 3 for American Primrose Society Members.

As the days grow longer and the warmth of the sun starts to seep into our gardens, it’s a sure sign that spring is upon us! This marks the beginning of our eagerly anticipated Primrose Show at the Community Center in Little Compton, RI and the adjacent Sakonnet Plant Fair at Veterans’ Field. It’s a time when our vibrant community of primrose enthusiasts comes together to celebrate the beauty and diversity of these beloved blooms.

We are thrilled to announce that preparations for our Spring Show are well underway. Whether you’re a seasoned exhibitor or a newcomer to the world of primrose cultivation, we encourage you to join us in showcasing the beauty and versatility of these enchanting flowers. Your participation not only adds to the richness of our event but also provides invaluable inspiration to fellow growers and enthusiasts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 3rd 2024

1:00 – 3:00 PM       Open garden hosted by Dorothy Swift

4:00 – 6:00 PM       Early benching and set up at Little Compton Community Center

6:00 – 7:30 PM       Open garden and Reception hosted by Gioia Browne at High Elms

  • RSVP details to follow

Saturday, May 4th 2024

Little Compton Community Center – 34 Commons St., Little Compton, RI 02837

*Primrose Show and Lectures are FREE admission and open to the public*

8:00 – 9:00 AM        Last minute benching at Community Center

9:00 – 10:00 AM      Primrose Show Judging

9:30AM – 2:30 PM  Primrose Show and Plant Sales Open to Public

1:00 – 1:30 PM        Lecture in Conference Room

  • Kris Fenderson, “Primulas Past and Present in New Hampshire”

1:45 – 2:15 PM        Lecture in Primrose Show Hall

  • Amy Olmsted, “‘A Walk and Talk Around the Show Tables’ – Learn the Best Primroses to Grow in New England”

And of course, check out the Sakonnet Plant Fair at Veterans’ Field! For more info visit their website


APS Show and Judge’s Training – March 9, 2024

Fellow Primula Lovers!

Have you ever wondered what the criteria for the judges are at an APS Show?  Do you want to improve your chances of receiving a ribbon? Perhaps you would like to gain experience to qualify as a judge?  Now is the time to attend the APS Training this Saturday, March 9th via Zoom, or in person if you are in Juneau, AK.

The first half of the training will be on Exhibiting your Primula; Hear tips and tricks from the experts, Ed Buyarski and Judith Sellers.

The second half will be a presentation on judging.

Deadline to join the Zoom Presentation is 11 pm March 8.

If you plan on attending, log in on the APS website, choose ‘Members’ from the main menu and click on ‘APS Show and Judge’s Training‘ for details.

Thank you,

Patricia Hartman

APS President


Elizabethan Primroses and Other Oddities – The Anomalous Types Zoom Lecture

Join us for a Zoom lecture on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00-8:00 pm EST Dean Wiegert will be sharing his experiences growing and crossing anomalous primroses. The Zoom link will be emailed out a day in advance – please RSVP to Laurel at ly****@gm***.com to receive the Zoom link. Please note – spots are limited.
Elizabethan Primroses and Other Oddities: The Anomalous Types Hose-in-hoses, Jack-in-the-Greens, Jackanapes – these are types of primrose variants that have been treasured by collectors since the 16th and 17th centuries. Modern growers have succeeded in rediscovering these plants and other new variants. The New England Chapter of The American Primrose Society (APS) invites you for a visit with Dean Wiegert who will survey the anomalous primula variants. Dean, a former APS Secretary, is fascinated by these primula curiosities. He is also an amateur breeder. He’ll share the unusual results of his own experiments as well as the plants he’s raised from seed produced by more experienced growers and collectors in the UK and Europe.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 7:00PM-8:00PM, EST

Organized and sponsored by the New England Chapter of The American Primrose Society, Zoom hosting courtesy of The American Primrose Society.


Winter Quarterly is Available!


The Winter Quarterly is now available for digital subscribers and members to read here

Members and Digital Subscribers can read all the Quarterlies published since 1941 here