In episode 3 of The Gardener, we visit the International Peace Garden with CEO, Tim Chapman. The International Peace Garden straddles the border between North Dakota and Manitoba, just about 20 minutes south of Boissevain, Manitoba. It was the dream of Dr. Henry Moore of Islington, Ontario who belonged to an international horticulture association. Dr. Moor presented the idea and a meeting in New York in 1928 and the following year, at a meeting in Toronto, the deal was done.
On its first board of directors sat many luminaries of the day, two of whom were Lady Eaton and Mrs. Henry Ford. When the garden opened in 1932, more than 50,000 people from both sides of the border attended the ceremonies in what as then wilderness with very little road access, They came on foot and by horse and buggy and in their Model Ts and other vehicles of the day.
During the 30s the US Parks Services used the garden as a work site for many folks and the initial structures were created, including the beautiful historic lodge. Gradually and with the help of many organizations and individuals, the garden as we know it today took shape. Highlights include the formal garden and pond at the centre of the axis in the design. This is also where the beautiful conservatory and cactus garden is located. The International Music Camp is usually humming with young people in the summer as has been the International Sports Camp, both of which are on hold during COVID.
The garden is currently going through a major rehabilitation program as we prepare for a fundraising campaign to rebuild the peace tower, which was torn down due to structural issues, and to complete the original dream of creating a conflict resolution centre here at the heart of the continent.
Your host, Dorothy Dobbie, is currently taking on the role as chair for the next three years.