This weekend the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens held its 4th annual peony festival. The garden is located right next to the Children’s Arena, on Arena Street in Oshawa, Ontario. The Canadian Peony Society is involved in maintaining the Oshawa peony gardens, and they were on site at the gardens to talk to peony admirers about the plants.
Over 250 cultivars of peonies at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.
I never realized before just how gorgeous peonies could be, or how many varieties there are! This garden alone contains over 250 cultivars. I’ve always liked peonies as cut flowers, and thought their smell was incredible, but I’ve never grown them in my own gardens. After touring the peony garden in Oshawa, I’m determined to get some growing here at home.
A beautiful pink, fluffy peony bloom.
Our branch of Canadian Organic Growers also had a table at the festival, and I was stationed there for most of Saturday, talking to citizens, gardeners and non-gardeners alike, about organic gardening. Most people wanted to know how to get rid of their dandelions and how to keep rabbits from eating their vegetables.
Our COG table and display at the Peony Festival.
Many of the peonies were in full bloom, but a lot of the peonies have yet to bloom. If you’re anywhere near Oshawa this week, a quick trip to this garden to see peonies freshly in bloom will be totally worth your while.
I managed to choose a favourite, “Chocolate Soldier.”