George Hollis (June 23, 1839 Randolph, Mass. - April 20, 1911 South Weymouth, Mass.)
[From Catalog 1907 Peony Gardens of George Hollis
:] In my gardens are found specimens of the following list of Peonies, and I am constantly adding to it by purchase and new varieties from seed. I have received numerous Honorable Mentions and several First Class Certificates of Merit
by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. I ALSO RECEIVED THE KELWAY BRONZE MEDAL for eighteen varieties which were of my originating. Also the FIRST PRIZE OF THE NATIONAL PEONY SOCIETY held in Boston 1906, and I have received three Honorable Mentions this season. My seedlings are numbered by the thousand, in an stages of development from the tiny seedling to the blooming size, and as they come into bloom something new that is meritorious is presenting itself each season which I intend to introduce as soon as possible.
[From Catalog 1908 Peony Gardens of George Hollis
:] I have about 100 Named Varieties of my seedlings which I would like to sell in a lot. Included in the lot are those which have received a First Class Certificate of Merit from the Massachussets Horticultural Society and those of Honorable Mention from the same society. Of some of the varieties I have twenty or more roots of a kind while of others from three to five. I would like to sell the lot at a bargain price to some Nursery Co. or some individual. Many of the varieties have never been catalogued.
Get something that your neighbors haven’t got ! Get something that is choice!
Who buys? Who is the man? Correspondence solicited.
[From The Book of the Peony
by Alice Harding, 1917, p. 61:] George Hollis, of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, during the "nineties" originated about one hundred new varieties. All of his productions are very scarce and many high-priced at the present time.