#CCHACares: The Indiana Peony Festival

POST DATE: 5.17.23

CCHA Law is pleased to highlight a special community event that we look forward to supporting and attending each year. The Indiana Peony Festival is a nonprofit organization in Noblesville that brings together beauty and community support in a weekend-long celebration of Indiana’s state flower, the peony. CCHA Law is a proud sponsor of the 3rd Annual Indiana Peony Festival held at Noblesville’s Seminary Park this weekend, May 19 - May 20, 2023. We hope you will join us there!

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About the Indiana Peony Festival

The Indiana Peony Festival is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate the peony, Indiana’s state flower. The festival aims to enhance the Noblesville community through peony beautification projects, peony gardens, and horticultural education as well as promoting Hamilton County as a visitor destination in May when peonies are in bloom. Having made a large impact in the community, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared that the third Saturday in May will now be known as Indiana Peony Festival Day!

What to Expect at the Festival

Peony Festival Schedule

The Indiana Peony Festival is held at Seminary Park in Noblesville and kicks off with a Peonies in the Park Fundraising Event Friday evening. Guests will enjoy music, peony-inspired cocktails, hors d’oeuvres from Noblesville eateries, and exquisite peony floral arrangements. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

On Saturday, visitors can participate in garden-themed educational sessions such as Container Gardens: Planters & Posies and Peony 101: Balanced Harvest while enjoying live music and interacting with over 71 vendors. Visitors will find floral displays, kid activities, and food and spirit trucks at the festival. They can also participate in the 2023 Peony Stem Contest, sponsored by CCHA Law, and enter beautiful blooms from their own backyard.

In addition to the main activities at the festival, The Peony Festival also offers a brunch crawl called Brunch & Blooms. The outdoor event includes nine Noblesville restaurants that will serve peony-inspired food and drinks. This family-friendly brunch crawl includes a lounge area for parents and kids, kid craft activities, nursing, and baby changing stations, and kid-friendly music. Visit the tent on the courthouse lawn for a Brunch & Blooms map and commemorative button for the first 500 participants.

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After arriving in the United States in the 1800s, Indiana adopted the peony as the state flower in 1957 in honor of Rep. Laurence Baker and his wife, Frances, who owned a peony business. Laurence and Frances planted peonies on the statehouse lawn when he served in the Indiana General Assembly from 1945-1958. Fun fact: Laurence presented a bouquet of peonies to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart!

Historic Seminary Park also shares a storied history. Established in 1983, Seminary Park sits on land originally purchased by the county for the town’s first schoolhouse which served Noblesville students for 100 years. Today, the park is home to many community events including the Indiana Peony Festival. Indiana Peony Festival volunteers have helped to plant more than 200 peony bushes in the park to beautify the park and prepare for the first festival.

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How to support The Indiana Peony Festival

The Indiana Peony Festival relies on community volunteers and corporate sponsorships to host the festival each year. Visit their website to learn about ways to support The Indiana Peony Festival.