This joint project of the Archives and Heritage Garden celebrates the beauty, romance and history of the peony. It was inspired by a transcribed talk given in 1925 by Gladys Ballantyne to members of the Whaletown Women’s Institute and a 1925 peony catalogue, both found in the papers of Cortes Island author Gilean Douglas. A peony growing in front of her cottage at Channel Rock for many years symbolized both the beauty and long lived nature of the peony. A division of this peony now grows in the Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum.
This exhibit was researched and curated by Donna McLaren and Jill Milton.