Bethesda residents encouraged to participate in centennial celebration of garden

April 16, 2013 by  

Bethesda folk of all ages are invited to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of a world-famous garden in a nearby community.

Towards the end of the month, the Gaithersburg Community Museum will be hosting the ‘2013 Peony Celebration’ in conjunction with the city of Gaithersburg. Banner printing is likely in higher demand as the sponsors and organizers of this event prepare for the day of festivities.

In 1913, Edward P. Schwartz began cultivating peony bushes on a five-acre plot in Old Town Gaithersburg. His garden eventually came to include more than 400 types of peonies and attracted thousands of visitors, including President Woodrow Wilson. Most of the flowers have since been relocated to Seneca Creek State Park, although some remain on display at City Hall.

During the centennial event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the garden and view original artwork from it. They will be able to purchase peony bulbs and ask questions about gardening. In addition, the celebration will feature model train displays and a craft-making area for children.

The event will also include a silent auction of paintings, photographs, and other forms of art that depict peonies. All of the pieces presented will be the work of local artists.

The Peony Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 27, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. There will be no cost to attend. The Gaithersburg Community Museum is located at 9 South Summit Avenue. Those seeking more information may call (301) 258-6160.

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