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Cactus Collection at the Peace Gardens

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If you think that the International Peace Garden is only a summer time destination, think again.

Take a walk through the Interpretive Center Conservatory where a collection of more than 6,000 cacti and succulents are reaching for the skylights above --- some as tall as 12 feet!

The cacti collection was assembled by Don Vitko of Minot and the Peace Gardens offered a permanent home along the boarder in 2010.

The cacti have been in the conservatory for almost two years and care taker Doug Hevenor says you can watch the cacti thrive as time goes on.

(Doug Hevenor, International Peace Garden) "Beautiful blooms and the beards that are coming on these cacti now. But it's almost every shade of blue that you can imagine. We've improved the circulation in this room by adding this large oscillating fan in the roof. All of these plants are moving and that's much more conducive to what their natural habitat would be. They would move. And the more they move the stronger their trunks become."

To complete the look this year, the conservatory floor will be covered with lava rock from an ancient volcano in Saskatewan.

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