Homer, City of Peonies
As you drive or preferably stroll down Pioneer Avenue take notice of the beautiful gardens along the way. Each garden is designed to highlight the beautiful peony (paeonia).
With 25 peony farms located in the area it's not surprising to see so many peony. Now that you've identified the peonies, keep your eyes open as they are strategically planted throughout Homer. In 2018 Homer was declared the City of Peonies.
Did you know the peony is the number one flower preferred by brides and the second most popular flower in the world?
The Alaskan long summer days, often with 22 hours of daylight, and the cool soils and glacier breezes provide ideal growing conditions to produce larger than usual flowers and more saturated colors.
Maturing at a time when fresh cut peonies are not available anywhere else in the world, the areas peonies are shipped to exotic locations and highly sought after by florist in the lower 48. Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage is the second busiest cargo airport in the USA reaching 90% of the world within 9.5 hours providing ideal exporting opportunities. Fed Ex delivers to the lower 48 overnight.
Look for fresh bouquets at the local Farmer's market.
Written by Rita Jo Shoultz, Alaska Perfect Peonies
The Shoultz family has lived in Homer for 50 years and has championed the development and promotion of the peony projects.
Photos by Joshua Veldstra Photography & Lucinda Maryott Moreno