International Peace Garden

  • Post last modified:March 29, 2020

Nestled in a wooded area of southern Manitoba stands a sun-filled building unlike any other in Canada. The aspen forest surrounding The Conservatory at the International Peace Garden is familiar to neighbours of theTurtle Mountain, but inside lives a foreign wonderland. The Conservatory is home to 6,000 cacti and succulents from deserts around the globe — making it one of the most diverse xeric plant collections on any continent.

A fairly recent addition to the 85-year-old International Peace Garden, The Conservatory serves as a year-roundcompliment to the colorful acres of annuals and perennials that entice thousands of horticulturists, recreationists and thinkers each summer. Vibrant pinks, oranges and yellows pop from breathtaking blooms of spiney, sharp and gnarly cacti of North America, South America and Africa. The collection is seeking more space to flourish and educate after nearly a decade at the world’s only Garden spanning an international border. Donated by a long-time collector in neighboring North Dakota, the plants range in age from the collection’s origins more than 50 years ago to newly acquired rare species. Familiar species like the barrel cactus and Saguaro provide iconic North American beauty alongside African aloes and euphorbias. The Peace Garden is eager to campaign for support to more than double the space under glass. With more room for growth and visitor experience, the collection is poised to become a world-leader in advocating for peace through the beauty of plant life. These desert plants will tell rich tales of the cultures, economies and cooperation that surpasses the restrictions of international boundaries.

Join us just south of Boissevain, MB, for a most unique experience at a long-standing institution representing the bestof Canada’s ideals and hopes for peace. The adjoining Interpretive Centre features a cafe and gift shop from Maythrough August.