Oshawa’s award-winning Peony Festival is virtual this June

OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa proudly announces that the 17th annual Peony Festival will be presented online at Oshawa.ca/Peony from June 1 to 27. Recognized by Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events for nine consecutive years, the virtual festival will feature videos of peony gardens, expert advice, gardening tips and online activities for all ages.

Community members are invited to display their artistic abilities by participating in the following opportunities:

  • Art competition: sponsored by Tim Hortons, participants are encouraged to submit their interpretation of a peony flower in any medium. Entries will be displayed online and voting will be open for community participation.
  • Festival photo contest: sponsored and judged by Harmony Hill Retirement Community is open to photographers to submit photos of peonies from their own back yard.
  • Canadian Peony Society (C.P.S.) Virtual Peony Show photo contest: participation is open to all amateur photographers. Photo entries of the entrant’s favourite peony flower will be reviewed by C.P.S. judges to determine the winning flower submission.
  • Instagram Fabulous Peonies Picture: Pine Ridge Arts Council is looking for peony photos for their pic-of-the-month campaign entitled, Fabulous Peonies. Just use #PineRidgeArts when posting to Instagram.

Additionally, community members are invited to share past photos and stories illustrating their previous memories at the Peony Festival by tagging @OshawaCulture on Twitter with the hashtag #OshPeonies. Select memories and images will be shared on the City’s social media platforms.

In support of the government’s efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City is pleased to provide the peony blooms virtually at Oshawa.ca/Peony and on the What’s Blooming Now webpage.

For full details and information on the virtual Peony Festival, including the art and photo contests, visit Oshawa.ca/Peony or call 905-436-3311.

Thank you to our Radio Sponsor, CKDO and our video sponsor, TD Canada Trust. Also thanks to our the other event partners; Canadian Peony Society, Durham Master Gardeners, Bee City/Durham College Fast Start/Teaching City/3eehive, Oshawa Garden Club, Oshawa Public Libraries, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Parkwood Estate, LivingRoom Art Studio and Oshawa Art Association.

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“The Oshawa Botanical Garden is big – but not that big, so if you feel you must visit the site visitors are reminded that social distancing must be maintained at all times. For anyone who would prefer to stay home, there will once again be ‘virtual tour’, video presentations, and other colourful features on the website ought to provide the best alternative to enjoy the peonies during this unfortunate pandemic time. Stay home and enjoy the virtual show!” said Councillor Rick Kerr, Chair of the Community Services Committee and Regional and City Councillor for Ward 4.

“For a second year, our staff have pivoted this award-winning event online and we encourage residents to check out this amazing collection and the festival activities virtually,” said Councillor Derek Giberson, Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee and City Councillor for Ward 4.

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