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Grand Forks Horticultural Society holds Peony Show and Spring Garden Tour for first time in several years

Kathleen Hertel, a member of the Grand Forks Horticultural Society, places an entry into a glass milk jar Wednesday afternoon during the 2014 Peony Show at the Myra Museum. From behind, the contest's youngest participant, Ivy Sondrol, 2, watches with her grandmother Mona Leake. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald1 / 4
The youngest participant in the 2014 Peony Show, Ivy Sondrol, 2, watches as Grand Forks Horticultural Society member Marlene Maxon trims her entry and places it in a milk bottle Wednesday evening at the Myra Museum. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald2 / 4
A few of more than a dozen entries in the 2014 Peony Show sit on a table in the Myra Museum Wednesday evening before the judges arrived to announce the prize winners. The show was sponsored by the Grand Forks Horticultural Society and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald3 / 4
Contest participants and those stopping by to check out the flowers smell the entries in the 2014 Peony Show at the Myra Museum Wednesday afternoon. Cold weather hindered the plants' growth this year, but there were still over a dozen entries of full-grown peonies. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald4 / 4

The Grand Forks Horticultural Society and the North Dakota Museum of Art sponsored this year's return of the Peony Show and Spring Garden Tour. The event was held Wednesday evening at the Myra Museum and featured a peony contest with free entry and prizes awarded to the winning gardeners. In addition to the peony contest there were two private yards featured as part of the spring garden tour.

 The North Dakota Museum of Art also opened up its doors to display its peony collection, featuring more than 100 flowers, and served refreshments to guests.  The event has a deep rooted history in Grand Forks and returns after a several year hiatus. The original milk bottles used in the early peony shows were recovered from storage and used again in displaying the contest entries. 
 Event sponsors didn't know what to expect after colder than normal temperatures, but over one dozen peonies were entered, including an entry by local gardener Ivy Sondrol, who will be 2-years-old next week.  For more information about the Grand Forks Horticultural Society, or next years event, call (218) 779-5131.
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