Every year staff and volunteers spend hundreds of hours planting annuals at the International Peace Garden (IPG) and this year’s planting is well underway.
CEO Tim Chapman says they feel pretty comfortable that they’re out of the threat of any serious frost. “Planting actually started last week and I think everyone is excited to get out of the month of May with a few plants already in the ground.”
This year 80,000 annuals will be going into the flower beds around the IPG.
“We use a mix of staff and volunteers to get those plants in the ground. We’re doing pretty good when it comes to staff numbers right now when it comes to the planting crews. We’ve had some good feedback from a variety of volunteer groups and individuals who want to be part of the bi June planting push.”
Chapman calls it a big effort to get that many plants into the ground.
“We usually get help from Master Gardeners in Manitoba and North Dakota and that really helps. There will be a volunteer planting day June 17th,” said Chapman.
This year’s floral theme is Looking Sharp.