International Peace Garden – 2019 National Finalist
Situated along the border of Manitoba and North Dakota, the International Peace Garden (IPG) was established in 1932 as a symbolic reminder of peace between Canada and the United States. Today it continues to thrive as a symbol of peace and a place of beauty and reflection.
Thousands of annuals are planted each year to create a formal garden space that is both brilliant and colourful. The aspen woodland and lake landscape of the Turtle Mountain creates a stunning backdrop for the formal and structured floral designs.
The IPG features a fully functional floral clock; renderings in flowers of the Canadian and United States’ flags, the Carillon Bell Tower, the Peace Chapel, 9/11 Monument; stone gazebos; fountains; and paved walkways. The International Peace Garden is also home to the Legion Athletic Camp, the International Music Camp, the North American Game Warden Museum and several picnic areas and hiking spaces to satisfy any visitor.
More recent developments at the IPG include the two-acre Sunken Garden, the Interpretive Centre and Conservatory. The Sunken Garden is an extensive mixed border garden and is home to trees, shrubs and perennials 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 the Vitko Xeric Collection; one of the largest indoor collections of cacti and succulents in North America. A visit to the Conservatory during the months of March through July, when thousands of cacti are showing off their magnificent blooms, is highly recommended!