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June 10, 2012 - The two RV Gypsies visited

sign-International Peace Garden
in Dunseith, North Dakota / Manitoba Canada

USA map showing location of North Dakotamap showing location if IPE
clipart of a history book

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.

map showing location of the International Peace Garden and the USA and Canada
.The entrance to the International Peace Garden at the borders of the USA and Canada
The entrance to the International Peace Garden at the border of the United States of America and Canada.
the border runs through the ball
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 two RV Gypsies stop at a picnic area
Picnic area at International Peace Garden
Lee Duquette preparing lunch at Intenational Peace Garden
the toad of the two RV Gypsies at International Peace Garden
The Peace Chapel
dedication sign for the Peace Chapel at International Peace Garden
dedication sign for the gardens and walkway at International Peace Garden
view of the Peace Chapel
Entry to the Peace Chapel
sign about the soul of the garden
inside 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.
One of the many quotes on the walls inside the Peace Chapel
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.
sign about the Peace Tower
The two RV Gypsies' first view of the Peace Tower
The 120 foot Peace Tower dwarfs the person sitting near it.
looking up at the sky
from below the Peace Tower
The Peace Tower and a person who looks very small by it
looking up at the sky from below the Peace Tower
sign dedicating the International 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).
Standing under the Peace Tower looking towards the Peace Chapel.
Standing under the Peace Tower looking towards the garden area.
Below: The legs and feet of the two RV Gypsies, each with one foot in the USA and one foot in Canada.
the feet of the two RV Gypsies in Canada and the USA
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.)
 
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.
Karen Duquette in both the USA and Canada
Karen Duquette in both the USA and Canada
pole is in both the USA and Canada
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.
the Carillon Bell Tower.
The two RV Gypsies by the Carillon Bell Tower at International Peace Garden.
Lee Duquette at the Carillon Bell Tower.
Karen Duquette at the Carillon Bell Tower.
In the distance, the 120-foot concrete Peace Tower. The Peace Chapel can be seen at the end of the formal garden.
the 120-foot concrete Peace Tower in the distance
the 120-foot concrete Peace Tower in the distance
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.
sign about the 9/11 Memorial Project at the International Peace Garden
twisted steel girders rescued from the World Trade Center devastation
twisted steel girders rescued from the World Trade Center devastation
twisted steel girders rescued from the World Trade Center devastation
sign - Let Peace Prevail
sign with names of firefighters at the World Trade Center
sign about military action at the World Trade Center
sign about The World Trade Center Tragedy
sign about The World Trade Center Tragedy
sign about the after effects of the World Trade Center tragedy
view of the International Peace Garden
view of the International Peace Garden
Karen Duquette's favorite tree is the lilac tree, and this one was full of butterflies.
Karen Duquette's favorite tree is the lilac tree
lilac tree with butterflies
Karen Duquette smells her favorite flower, the lilac
Karen Duquette smells her favorite flower, the lilac
The Interpretive Center has many interesting displays inside.
map of the International Garden and the USA and Canadian flag
poster of the International Peace Garden postal stamp
poster inside the Interpretive Center
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.
a few flowers inside the International Peace Garden
a few flowers at the International Peace Garden
An 18-foot floral clock display - it is too early in the season for flowers to be in the floral clock though.
An 18-foot floral clock display - no flowers
Presented to the Garden by the Japanese Government, seven Peace Poles in which, May Peace Prevail is written in twenty-eight different languages.
seven Peace Poles
water fountain
view of the empty flower garden
The cactus garden is located in the same building as the gift shop.
sign about the Golden Barrel Cactus
the Golden Barrel Cactus
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cactus
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
Lee Duquette and cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cactus
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
cacti at the International Peace Garden
CACTUS WITH A TONGUE
Look Below
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota,
June 2012
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.
White Buffalo in Jamestown
Fargo, Walk of Fame, The Woodchipper
Enchanted Highway
Big Oddities
Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
& wildlife
Rugby - the Geographical Center
of North America
The Painted Canyon

The International Peace Garden

Look Below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all six (6) sections above, please continue on to Wibaux - The Gateway to Montana, plus Makoshika State Park - The Badlands of eastern Montana.