Labor Day typically marks the end of summer.
But things are still in bloom at one of North Dakota’s hidden gems.
The International Peace Garden straddles the US-Canada border north of Dunseith.
Jim Olson traveled there to show us some of the beautiful scenery still on display.
To look at the rainbow of colors
the stunning vistas
and the intricate detail of beauty to be found at the International Peace Garden, you’d never know just how difficult this year has been
(Garry Enns, International Peace Garden CEO) “It’s been a challenge.”
Garry Enns is the CEO of the Peace Garden and says along with the normal difficulty of having a botannical garden so far north, nature doubled down on the pressure this year, with a very dry season.
(Garry Enns, International Peace Garden CEO) “We’ve had virtually no rain here. We’ve had three, one-inch showers and that’s been it.”
The drought meant the Garden workers and volunteers planted more than 100,000 annuals this year – more the many years because thousands were put in late to replace plants that had withered and died.
(Garry Enns, International Peace Garden CEO) “We haven’t had a frost yet this year and this year we can have a frost any month of the year, so without the frost, the flowers that we planted later – the replacement flowers – are just coming into their own, some of them.”
That means the viewing season for flowers is stretching into September – just take a look.
One thing missing from the scenery this fall is the peace tower – the structure was demoished this year and a design competition has been held to start the process of putting in a new landmark in its place, but Enns says it’ll be a while before it’s done.
(Garry Enns, International Peace Garden CEO) “We are hoping soon to be able to engage someone to be project manager and to take a lead on it. But we also need to have some funds in place before we can do that and given today’s climate that’s particularly difficult.”
Meanwhile, the flowers and plants and trees are showing off their beauty for another year at the International Peace Garden.
Jim Olson, KX News.
Enns says despite the hurdles this year, visitation is likely to finish above last year’s 75-thousand level.