Summer is starting to reach its peak in the northern plains...
And perhaps there is no better place to enjoy part of it than at the International Peace Gardens.
While the season has been a successful one, there has been some challenges -- and more on the way.
Perry Olson has more on that today.
It still has a beauty that is tough to beat in the region...but here at the International Peace Gardens, 2012 has brought with it some hurdles to clear...
(Doug Hevenor - International Peace Garden CEO) "Well it has been a real challenge."
What might pose a problem in a place like this -- a garden...well, the same issues you and I probably have in ours...just on a grander scale...
(Doug Hevenor - International Peace Garden CEO) "We have had, if you come and visit and get through the sunken garden, you will see a pretty fair share of weeds in there."
Taking care of the more than normal amount of weeds has been a busy process...and when you pair the weeds with a smaller workforce...it gets even tougher.
(Doug Hevenor - International Peace Garden CEO) "We have seen kids who would have returned to work take jobs in the Williston Basin. We have seen some employees leave who were full time...and good for them. They make good money there. But that has been a challenge for us."
Don't let this deter you however -- you'll still enjoy the peace, tranquillity, and beauty that the garden offers...Doug Hevenor has been here for about seven years now...and loves it more everyday. Still he sees projects that need attention. Perhaps the most visible being here -- at the Peace Towers. They are showing their years...with cement breaking off and rod iron rusting. He hopes to see them rehabbed soon...and perhaps even added to...
(Doug Hevenor - International Peace Garden) "How would you like to climb a tower and get to the top and look down the Canada-US border. It would be the highest border point in the US or Canada. Perhaps we could get an elevator that goes from the top down too...that is a pipe dream but it is something to think of."
And here...there is plenty of time to think. The gardens are peaceful...and perhaps worth a trip as the final weeks of summer start to melt away. Perry Olson, KX News.
The International Peace Garden is open all year round -- from nine 'til seven each day.