Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve hosted its eighth Annual Peony Celebration ~ a fund-raising event that celebrates the famous Japanese tree peonies at its entrance.
Three master gardeners prune the trees of dead wood, two doses of fertilizer and the removal of dead foliage to prevent disease to nurture these beautiful, colorful flowers. This event commemorates receiving the gift of 500 peonies from the town of Yatsuka Cho in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, in memory of the victims of September 11th.
All enjoyed the reception of cocktails and light cuisine, and then enjoyed an exhibit of fine art in the gallery. The exhibit entitled ‘Pastoral of the Poenies & Primary Floras, featured watercolors of Susan Lanzano, Ashley Krohmal and Valery Schaffer, oil painting by Peggie Blizard and Edward Walsh’s wall relief.