Faribault is known for many impressive things, from being the birthplace of the Tilt-a-Whirl to its one-of-a-kind Cheese Caves. But many people may not know that it also used to also have a very distinct title: the Peony Capital of the World. Thanks in a large part to Faribault’s former Brand Peony Farm, the city attracted thousands of people every June to come see its flowers in bloom. And, while Brand Peony Farm is no longer in operation, its legacy still affects Faribault to this day.

Grace Webb Bradt is a freelance writer based in Mankato.

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