It began in 1928 as an ambitious idea conceived by Dr. Henry Moore, a Canadian horticulturalist who had trained at London’s famous Kew Gardens. Dr. Moore imagined a living tribute to the friendship between the United States and Canada in the form of an international garden dedicated to peace. He proposed the idea to the National Association of Gardeners, which approved the plan, and a centrally located site on the North Dakota/Manitoba border was selected. An estimated 50,000 people attended the dedication of the Garden’s cairn on the US-Canada border on July 14, 1932. 

Workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps soon arrived to start clearing brush and building the first structures. World War II interrupted the garden’s development, but by 1948, funding from the US, Canada, and many private organizations became available to develop more structures and attractions throughout the Garden. Today, in addition to its signature floral displays, the International Peace Garden features indoor and outdoor attractions and amenities spread over 3.65 square miles. We invite you to join us for a special celebration July 29 – 31, as we mark 90 years of cultivating peace and friendship between two nations. 
Looking for Peace Garden History and Stories 

What does the International Peace Garden mean to you? It might be visiting the Garden as a child, recreating your childhood experiences with your own children or grandchildren, school field trips, attending International Music Camp, or memorable days spent exploring all the Garden has to offer. Did family members help build the IPG, or did you work here in summers past? We’d love to hear your stories and see photos of your experiences. Please contact us to share your IPG memories.
Upcoming Events
We have an exciting summer coming up with special events from spring through fall. Check out the links below for more information and sign up to reserve your space. 

  • 90th Celebration* – Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31

  • 9/11 – Sunday, September 11

  • Harvest Dinner* – Friday, October 1

*Event Details to follow soon
Grow something beautiful with us -
Sponsor a flower bed
Help your business bloom or honor a loved one by sponsoring one of more than 50 flower beds at the International Peace Garden.

As part of our 90th anniversary, the International Peace Garden is offering new opportunities to sponsor our beautiful annual flower beds. Our dedicated horticulture team is planning more than 50 art- and music-themed beds this spring to welcome the thousands of visitors expected in 2022 – creating outstanding visibility for your organization or a loved one you choose to honor through a sponsorship.

Your sponsorship will include:
  • Signage outside the flower bed(s) visible by the 50,000 visitors we anticipate in 2022
  • Recognition on our Facebook page (6,500 followers) and Instagram (1,350 followers)
  • Listing on our website
  • A decal for your door naming you as a 2022 IPG Supporter
  • Option to join two summer tours 

Beds can be sponsored at the following four levels:
  • $5,000: Large display beds and iconic specials like the Floral Clock
  • $2,500: Medium-Large display beds
  • $1,000: Medium display beds
  • $500: Small display beds

The past two years have been both filled with opportunities and challenges for the IPG. The expansion of our cacti and succulent Conservatory creates tremendous opportunity even as the long pandemic has limited visitors and revenue. But, the IPG was born during the great Depression, and has weathered hard times before. We know that to grow, we must not only nurture our plants but also, our friendships. Sponsor a bed and let’s grow together. See examples of the planned beds and learn more about sponsorship here. To request additional information, contact
May – September
Pitch a tent under the stars or park your RV for an overnight stay, a weekend getaway, or an extended vacation. We have campsites available from May through the end of September. You can select your campsite and reserve your dates on our website
Event rentals
Weddings, Family Reunions, Retreats, Performances
Whether you’re looking for a rustic outdoor setting, an indoor pavilion, a historic lodge, or a modern performance facility, we offer rentals to suit groups of any size, from small gatherings to large conferences. We also offer overnight accommodations for your group at the International Music Camp. See the options available to schedule your event in a beautiful setting for an occasion they’ll never forget. 
Peace Garden Café Opens
The Peace Garden Café opens on May 8 with a Mother’s Day buffet. 

Buffet menu:
  • Herb roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable medley
  • Baked spaghetti (v)
  • Assorted rolls
  • BBQ meatballs (gf)
  • Salads (garden salad, Caesar salad, broccoli, Mexican chopped and Greek quinoa)
  • Fresh veggies, fruit, and pickle tray
  • Desserts: lemon cream cupcakes, black forest cake, butter tart square and strawberry shortcake
  • $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under
Each mom will also receive a succulent plant. We’ll have two sittings, one at 11 AM and one at 12:45 PM. Reservations are recommended but not required. You can make your reservations now on our website. 
Spring/Summer Hours
From May 9 through May 27, the Peace Garden Café will be open 10 AM to 4 PM daily. Starting May 28, we’ll be open daily until 6 PM. We welcome all small groups, meetings, and parties. We also have Saturday and Sunday specials for people dropping off or picking up kids at the International Music Camp. We source as many ingredients as possible from local vendors, including fruits and vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers.
Capital Campaign 
As we look back and celebrate the IPG’s 90-year history, we are also looking to the future with our capital campaign. Our goal is to raise $2.5 million US/$3.14 million CDN for development, with a focus on two major projects: expansion of the Conservatory and creation of a Children’s Nature Play Area. 

The Conservatory is home to a world-class cactus and succulent collection. Its expansion will enable the facility to better display and care for the collection, as well as share the history of the Garden in an immersive landscaped space that will attract visitors year-round. After a frigid winter, construction is now underway on what will become the Conservatory’s new north wall, supported by glulam beams from Western Archrib in Boissevain. We use locally sourced materials whenever possible on all our construction projects. 

A new Children’s Nature Play Area will encourage fun and imaginative play while teaching about the flora, fauna and indigenous culture of the Turtle Mountains to enhance the IPG’s appeal as a family-friendly destination.

“At the International Peace Garden, we often think of peace as a verb; to achieve global peace, we have to actively work toward it. Similarly, we strive to implement visionary plans and build sustainable infrastructure for the Garden so we can realize our mission of promoting peace for generations to come.”- Tim Chapman, IPG CEO
Earth Day April 22 - Invest in Our Planet
Celebrate the holiday by donating to help preserve the legacy of the Garden.
Welcome Back International Music Camp

The language of music knows no borders or boundaries. Since 1956, the International Music Camp has provided musical instruction and inspiration to students from around the world. In addition to music, the camp offers sessions for theater and dance, visual arts, creative writing, and a university prep program for advanced high school musicians. Registration is now open for 2022 programs and sessions – see the IMC website for schedules and registration information. 
Reserving picnic sites 

Pack a picnic basket or pick up lunch to go from our café and enjoy your meal outdoors with beautiful views of the Garden. This summer you'll be able to reserve your picnic site in advance! Check our website in May for online reservations.
Kayak Rentals 

Explore the beautiful waters in the Garden with a kayak rental this summer. All rentals include a life jacket. Check our website in May for online reservations.
Volunteers – Worker Bees
Our volunteers are the worker bees that help make the IPG possible. We have opportunities for volunteer greeters and tour guides, garden and maintenance helpers, front gate workers, and event support. Volunteers who contribute more than six hours receive a membership discount, free T-shirt, discounts on special programs, and an invitation to our appreciation picnic. To become a worker bee, download the form on our website. 
Seasonal Employment Opportunities
We offer a wide range of experience in the fields of horticulture, professional grounds maintenance and customer service. If you like working outdoors in a beautiful and natural setting, then this is the place for you!
Thank you for all of your help and support of the International Peace Garden.