Travel Manitoba eNews - July 2013
Beautiful blooms abound in Manitoba’s gardens. Take a stroll and stop and smell the….alligators?!?
The International Peace Garden is a botanical garden and park devoted to world peace. This 2,339-acre site is located on the border between Manitoba and North Dakota and features the only building straddling the international border between the two countries. View the formal garden area, which features floral displays of the Canadian and American flags as well as a 120-foot Peace Tower and Peace Chapel. The Floral Clock is 18-feet in diameter, with 2,000 to 5,000 plants depending on the design of the clock which changes every year. Be sure to visit the 911 Memorial – steel girders transported from the New York World Trade Centre. The Peace Garden is also home to an Interpretive Centre housing a restaurant, conservatory, retail store and horticulture library.
The Daylily Gardens in Beausejour is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Daylily Gardens feature over 600 daylilies cultivars, 150 different irises, 50 varieties of peonies and thousands of other perennials.
Instead of plants and flowers, find snakes and frogs at the Westman Reptile Gardens, just outside Brandon. On display is a large and diverse collection of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The facility is home to 15 different venomous snakes, including various rattlesnakes, cobras and vipers. There are also crocodiles, alligators, frogs, turtles and lizards.