JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Sunday was the Second Annual Tree Peony Festival in Johnson City, a celebration of the culture and beauty of the village.
The tree peonies were brought over from Japan by one village resident who wanted to make his adopted homeland feel more similar to his original home. Local community organizations wanted to do their best to help support that desire for familiarity.
“We really have a goal, along with Richard Matsushima, of making Johnson City the tree peony capital in this country,” said Ken Wilcox, the president-elect of the Johnson City Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club took over the responsibility of caring for Jenison Park, where the festival took place, more than a year and a half ago, and its members say the beautification of the park is an indication of the positive direction the village is headed in.
“You can see the transformation from what was, to what is and what is going to happen and we’re just happy to be part of that,” Wilcox said.
The Rotary Club has planted the tree peonies all across the village, with the ultimate goal of planting 5,000 of the flowering shrubs.