The Ninth Annual Peony Celebration
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6PM – 9PM
The Peony is a fun, community based champagne and wine celebration, held in the Visitor Center courtyard. If you haven’t attended, you should join us just to see the amazing Japanese Peony Garden in bloom! A fundraiser for the Friends and the Preserve, featuring an a fine art exhibit and sale in the Art Gallery and a flower show presented by local gardening clubs.
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How the Peony Garden Came to Grace the Preserve
Some visitors are not familiar with how these beautiful flowers came to grace our park. Following the tragedy of September, 11th, a Town in Shimane Prefecture, Japan wanted to express a gesture of healing and solidarity towards the United States. They sent the Rockefeller State Park Preserve a gift of 500 peonies from Mr. Yatsuka Cho. The Peony is considered Japan’s “most noble of flowers”. The gift was intended to promote the healing process and to symbolize the blending of two cultures by placing the Japanese flowers on American soil. The Friends initiated a major landscaping project around the gateway to provide a worthy site for this generous gift. Mr. Yatsuka Cho graciously sent over Japanese gardeners to plant the flowers and to teach the Preserve Staff how to care for them. The cost of the Gateway Preserve Project was generously underwritten by the Friends Board of Directors, the Rockefeller Family, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and donors from surrounding communities. The result is an inviting entrance that serves as a gateway to our entire peaceful Preserve and exemplifies the beauty of people coming together in a time of need. We welcome you to share these magnificent flowers and thank you for supporting the Preserve!