Snowy Grounds Means Late Planting Start at Peace Garden

There’s still a blanket of snow covering the grounds at the International Peace Garden.
That could mean a delay in getting the thousands of flowers put into the ground this year.

Jim Olson takes us to the Garden for a look.

The deer are still wading through a foot or more of snow at the International Peace Garden right now. But there’s still plenty of growth happening here – inside the Garden’s greenhouses.

(Connie Lagerquist, Peace Garden Horticulturist) “We’re looking at close to 100,000 annuals we’ll put out.”

Right now, they’re being nurtured and watered to make sure they’re ready – if spring ever arrives.

(Connie Lagerquist, Peace Garden Horticulturist) “It all depends on the sunshine I guess. It’s in mother nature’s hands and we just have to deal.”

Lagerquist says the long winter means a delay in bringing in staff.

(Connie Lagerquist, Peace Garden Horticulturist) “I’m holding off on bringing in some of my staff because I have to have them ready to go do groundwork and until we get rid of a lot of this snow there’s no point in bringing them in.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) “Even though snow covers a lot of the Peace Garden right now, don’t let that stop you from paying a visit because you can still go inside…to the conservatory that’s located inside the Interpretive Center. This is open all year round and matter of fact, even though there’s snow outside, it’s a great time to come insude and check it out.”

(Johannes Olwade, Horticulturist) “It’s a perfect time to come and see flowers inside the Conservatory. Flowering there with the cacti starts about March and continues until July.”

Johannes Olwade has been in charge of the Vitko Cactus Collection for eight years now – and says the timing of the blooming for cacti and succulents means you’ll pretty much always see color when you visit. Meanwhile, the outlook for outside blooming is not all bad.

(Connie Lagerquist, Peace Garden Horticulturist) “My plan is to have everything either in bloom or budded to bloom as soon as it gets outside. As long as I can get here in the greenhouse and plan for it that way everything will run on schedule.”

That means you can expect another year of blooming beauty at the Peace Garden – even if it does get a late start. Jim Olson, KX News.

The Peace Garden is located just north of Dunseith on the border between North Dakota and Manitoba.
It’s open all year.

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