Flower lovers, rejoice! There is a new festival coming to downtown Noblesville this spring that focuses on Indiana’s state flower, the peony.
The first-ever Indiana Peony Festival will be Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the newly-renovated historic Seminary Park in Noblesville. The event is free to attend and open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The festival is organized by the 501 (c)(3) Indiana Peony Festival Inc., Noblesville Main Street and Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department.
Activities include peony judging, floral arranging, bouquet contest, peony growers, food trucks, art vendors, floral vendors, fashion vendors, plants, master gardeners and more.
More than 30 vendors will participate in the festival, including Board and You Indy, Four Day Ray Brewing and Nicey Treat, as well as florists like Sweet Pea’s Flower Farm, Adriene’s Flowers and JP Parker Flowers. Attendees can buy peony plants or order peonies roots for the fall.
Local businesses will also participate with their own deals, events and special offerings, including:
- tea party at Lil Bloomers Children’s Boutique
- peony-inspired jewelry for sale at Smith’s on the Square
- “Peony Poses” yoga class with Shine Yoga & Wellness
- floral-inspired candles with every purchase over $20 at Linden Tree Gifts
- discounted beer for anyone who brings in a festival program to Primeval Brewing
- peony keychains at Karisma Boutique
- Rosie’s Twist 75 drink at Rosie's Place with gin, rose champagne and lemon, along with peony cupcakes.
A trolley will take attendees from the park to downtown Noblesville to shop and participate in the scavenger hunt.
The festival is meant to inspire Hoosiers to celebrate the state flower, learn about horticulture and gardening, raise proceeds for future beautification projects and peony gardens in Hamilton County, and attract visitors to Noblesville in the month of May – which just happens to be peony bloom month and the Indianapolis 500.
For more information, visit IndianaPeonyFestival.com.
Fun Facts About Peonies
Governor Eric Holcomb has declared May 22, 2021 as Indiana Peony Day in honor of the festival.
In 1957, the peony became the Indiana state flower in honor of Laurence D. Baker, a distinguished Indiana politician who operated four peony farms throughout the state, mostly to keep up with the demand for peonies each May. Baker even sold peonies at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and he presented a bouquet of peonies to Amelia Earhart. Today, his legacy lives on through his grandchildren, who are still in the flower business at Baker Flowers and Gifts in Kendallville, Ind. Ancestors of Laurence will be in attendance and he will be honored at the festival.
Historically, the peony has been used for “Decoration Day,” to decorate the graves of loved ones on Memorial Day.
Peonies bloom toward the end of May in various shades of red, pink, yellow and white.
Peony petals are edible! Make sure they are grown organically or without pesticides before taking a bite.
Both deer and bunnies do not like peonies, so they won’t eat them from your garden.
Peonies can bloom for over 100 years with the right care.
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