International Peace Garden – 2017 National Finalist
Situated along the border of Manitoba and North Dakota, the International Peace Garden (IPG) was erected as a symbolic reminder of peace between Canada and the United States in 1932. Today it continues to thrive as a symbol of peace and a place of beauty and reflection.
Thousands of annuals are planted to create a formal garden space that is brilliant and colourful. This is surrounded by the natural landscape for the Turtle Mountains for a unique juxtaposition between formal structure and natural splendour. The garden also features a fully functional floral clock; renderings in flowers of the Canadian and United States flags that flank the International Boundary; the Carillon Bell Tower; the Peace Chapel; 911 monument; stone gazebos; fountains; and paved walkways.
More recent developments in the garden include the two acre sunken garden, the Interpretive Centre and Conservatory. The Sunken Garden is home to trees, shrubs and perennial bulbs that are hardy to the local climate. The Interpretive Centre houses a café, gift shop, library, meeting rooms and public gathering space. The Conservatory is home to one of the largest indoor collections of cacti and succulents in North America.
IPG is also home to the Legion Athletic Camp, International Music Camp, the Game Warden Museum and several buildings, picnic areas and hiking spaces to satisfy any visitor.