Tim Chapman
The International Peace Garden


One of the many great things about gardens is their ability to inspire and freshen imaginations. The International Peace Garden is taking it a step further this year with our Children's Reading theme for our annual flower beds.

Families will enjoy Clifford the Big Red Dog, Charlotte and her webs, Dorothy and Toto, Harry Potter and so much more!

Manitoba's and North Dakota's shared garden is increasingly focused on strengthening partnerships with school districts, youth-based organizations and all generations in families. Our horticulture team took this priority to heart in developing one of our most creative sets of floral designs in recent history.

And our aim is to make this year's theme as cooperative as possible when it comes to including our visitors' and members' affinity for children's reading. By visiting our website and social media pages, you can contribute and put your stamp on this summer's theme by donating through our Amazon book lists.

International Peace Garden. Photo credit to Dorothy Dobbie

Thanks to support from the Boissevain School, IPG will be placing Manitoba student-made book boxes throughout the formal area of the Garden. Books in various boxes will correspond with titles and themes of the planted beds in close proximity. Families will be able to pull from these boxes and read books while surrounded by flowers. It is a wonderful combination of fun, nature and learning.

We also have a great program to sponsor these beautiful flower beds. The Adopt a Flower Bed program can also be found at our website and is a wonderful way for businesses, families and foundations to support our horticulture department's creativity and physical work that goes into planting nearly 80,000 plants.

Flowers and reading! Join us and spread the word to your kids, grandkids, friends and neighbours. Peak bloom is mid-July through August.

All the best.

Tim Chapman is the CEO at the International Peace Garden on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota.

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