Peace Garden To Host Santa at the Garden

Written by: Rodney Wilson

The International Peace Garden is known for the gardens that grace the beautiful plot of land that bridges North Dakota and Manitoba just north of Dunseith. Thousands of Americans and Canadians make an annual summer trek to spend a summer day in absolute awe of the beauty of this area.

However, the International Peace Garden extends an invitation, and a reason for a second trip, to attend their first ever Santa In The Garden event on December 9th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Kids will have the chance to get creative and bring home a deliciously decorated cookie for the “Cookie Decorating with Gerry” station. From Noon to 2 PM the Bottineau High School Choir under the direction of Jaque Marum, will lead Christmas Carols and those in attendance can enjoy a hot chocolate and a treat from the Sawmill Tea and Coffee shop.

But what about all the beautiful plants? This is winter. According to Peace Garden CEO, Tim Chapman, “we invite guests to take a sneak peek of the renovated Conservatory with the Don Vitko Cacti and Succulent collection. Our Curator of Living Collections and Conservatory Horticulturist will be available to discuss the extensive collection and more.”
Also open from 11 AM to 4 PM will be the North American Game Warden museum.

“The conservatory is one of the finest displays of its’ kind in North America” according to Chapman “with the renovation we are up to over 20,000 square feet of indoor space, and with additional ceiling height the conservatory is truly a unique experience.”

In addition to the Santa at the Garden event, the conservatory will be open on December 16th and 23rd. “We encourage people to watch the social media channels for more details.”

The transformation of the Peace Garden area to a year round experience has included the ability to rent one of 3 cabins located on the grounds that are used for summertime staffing needs. These cabins are ready to occupy “you only need to bring food and your personal items. Everything else is included” according to Chapman.

The Peace Garden is located just minutes from other popular recreational venues including the Bottineau Winter Park on the U.S. side of the border, and Lake Adam on the Canadian side of the border in Manitoba. Popular family activities include skiing and tubing at Bottineau Winter Park, along with tubing and groomed cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails and an outdoor family skating rink at Lake Adam.

Santa At The Garden will let people get a sneak peek at the newly renovated Conservatory, as well as experience beautifully decorated trees, Christmas Village and other Christmas themed exhibits.

For more information take time to view the Peace Garden web site at

According to Chapman “Maybe summer doesn’t work for folks to visit the Peace Garden, but now is their change to experience something really unique. The will have a chance to see and celebrate the Christmas season in a very different way.”

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