June 10, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies visited
|Devoted to World Peace, along the world’s longest unfortified border, lies a 2,339 acre Botanical Garden. The International Peace Garden is located north of Dunseith on the border between the USA border of North Dakota and the Canadian border of Manitoba as a symbol of friendship as a “One of a Kind” International Peace Garden. Reflecting pools and dazzling colorful floral displays of over 150,000 flowers (in season) splash across the grounds of the Formal Garden’s terraced walkways. (However, the two RV Gypsies discovered that June 10th is just too early for most flowers to be blooming.) The idea for the garden came from a Canadian member of the National Association of Gardeners, Dr. Henry Moore, who wished to commemorate the lengthy period of peace between the two nations. The most visible monument is the Peace Tower, which was built in the 1980s as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. The four pillars are meant to signify the coming together of people from the four corners of the world. The state of North Dakota has "The Peace Garden State" as one of its nicknames, and places this motto on its license plates.
|The entrance to the International Peace Garden at the border of the United States of America and Canada.
|The original monument, erected in 1932 and addressed "To God in His Glory", at the front of the park. The border runs through the BALL, and continues all the way to the Peace Tower, seen in the background. The Manitoba flag is seen behind the Canadian flag.
|The two RV Gypsies stopped at a picnic area inside the International Peace Garden for lunch. It was a windy and cold day, but the scenery was still beautiful.
|The Peace Chapel
|The chapel features dozens of quotes from People of Peace etched into beautiful fossil embellished limestone walls. One example is shown below.
|The 120-foot Peace Tower symbolize people from the four corners of the earth coming together to form two similar, but distinct nations, with a common base of democracy and beliefs. Two of The Peace Towers are in the United States and two are in Canada.
|The 120 foot Peace Tower dwarfs the person sitting near it.
looking up at the sky
from below the Peace Tower
Standing under the Peace Tower looking towards the Peace Chapel (below on the left) then looking towards the garden area (below on the right).
|Below: The legs and feet of the two RV Gypsies, each with one foot in the USA and one foot in Canada.
|NOTE: The two RV Gypsies returned to the International Peace Garden in 2015 and there was a fence around the Peace Towers because they are crumbling and must be torn down. Here is a link to the 2015 photos. (There are lots more photos and they are different from the photos on this page, plus more history. However, it is a combination of this page as well.)
|Below: Karen Duquette sat by the pole with one hand pointing to the USA side of the pole and one hand pointing to the Canada side of the pole.
|Peace literally rings in the International Peace Garden every fifteen minutes and on the hour. The lovely tones of the chimes can be heard coming from the Carillon Bell Tower.
Below: The two RV Gypsies by the Carillon Bell Tower at International Peace Garden. Karen Duquette looks so tiny next to the tall Carillon Bell Tower.
|Below: In the distance, the 120-foot concrete Peace Tower. The Peace Chapel can be seen at the end of the formal garden.
Below: The 9/11 Memorial Site, of twisted steel girders rescued from the World Trade Center devastation, are at rest, a symbol of peace and democracy.
Karen Duquette's favorite tree is the lilac tree, and this one was full of butterflies.
|The Interpretive Center has many interesting displays inside.
|The two RV Gypsies discovered that June 10th is just too early to visit the International Peace Gardens. Most areas were still void of flowers. When the two RV Gypsies returned here in 2015, flowers were in full bloom, even the clock shown below.
An 18-foot floral clock display - it is too early in the season for flowers to be in the floral clock though.
Presented to the Garden by the Japanese Government, seven Peace Poles in which, May Peace Prevail is written in twenty-eight different languages.
The cactus garden is located in the same building as the gift shop.
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota,
Below are eight (8) sections of the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota. You may view them in any order you wish.
|Rugby - the Geographical Center
of North America
|The Painted Canyon
|The International Peace Garden - (this page)