Peonies line Pioneer Avenue on a rainy Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. Self-guided peony tours are part of the ongoing Homer Peony Celebration. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Peonies line Pioneer Avenue on a rainy Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. Self-guided peony tours are part of the ongoing Homer Peony Celebration. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Peony celebration ends this weekend

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is entering the final stretch of hosting the first ever Homer Peony Celebration.

The inaugural event kicked off earlier this month and will end this Saturday. The celebration was organized by a task force dedicated to celebrating peonies in Homer, and marketed by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The two-week long celebration has featured outdoor peony farm tours, a self-guided tour of the peonies along Pioneer Avenue, and peony-themed art classes and art showcases.

Scenic Place Peonies will offer an “Alaska Peony Centerpiece Workshop” at 6 p.m. this Friday and 10 a.m. this Saturday, according to a press release from the chamber. The workshop features Washington, DC-based florist Kelly Shores of Petals By The Shores and takes place at Scenic Place Peonies Farm, located on East Hill at 5655 Scenic Place

Registration is limited to 12 attendees per workshop and costs $150. That includes all supplies, florals and a professional portrait. Those interested can register at www.scenicplacepeonies.com

The final guided peony farm tour of the event is set for 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at Joslyn Peonies Farm, located at 65375 Diamond Ridge Road, according to the release. Those who take the tour can enjoy refreshments afterward. Registration is $75. Call 907-299-9090 to register.

Other avenues for people to get their hands on peony-related goodies are through the peony bouquet sales by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in conjunction with Alaska Beauty Peony Co-op, and through the Peony Bon Bon Confections being sold by the the Homer Truffle Company located on 397 E. Pioneer Ave.

Peony bouquets will continue to be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.n. Wednesday-Saturday for $20 on the chamber building’s lawn.

For more information about the celebration, visit the chamber’s website at homeralaska.org or call the visitor center at 907-235-7740.

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