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Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens This, then, is the anchor for the nearby Oshawa


Valley Botanical Gardens. In 2000, the Oshawa Garden Club proposed to develop a unique horti- cultural attraction in the heart of the city. The ambitious plan sees the garden extend along Oshawa Creek from Adelaide Avenue to Grubb Street. It will include parks, trails and 11 separate gardens. Among these is the Peony Garden, which was started in the fall of 2001 with the donation of 100 peony plants by the Canadian Peony Soci- ety. Today, there are 308 cultivars; the collection is believed to be the most extensive in Canada. The Peony Garden, now home to the annual


Peony Festival (June 10 and 11, 2017 will be he 14th such celebration) features an ornamental gazebo that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Oshawa Garden Club. There is also a lovely water garden and rockery. Peonies start blossoming in May and continue through to late June. The Memory Garden is a contemplative place


on the site where residents may honour loved ones with a commemorative bench or tree. This garden focuses on fall and later summer plants and grasses. Rotary Clubs of Oshawa donated the pergola as the centrepiece. In 2015, the Daylily Garden was inaugurated


with the donation of 270 varieties of daylilies, which will be planted and in bloom for 2017. There are rumours of another festival to grow out of this new park landmark. x Based on information provided by the Oshawa Valley


Botanical Gardens, 155 Arena Street, Oshawa, ON., 905.436.3311 (oshawa.ca/peony).


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Courtesy of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.


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