After 85 years the International Peace Garden continues to share the story of peace between Canada and the U.S. through its hundreds of acres of colourful flower gardens, community facilities, and historical features.

The Garden has chosen July 14 and 15 as days to recognize this legacy. Celebratory activities will take place this weekend, including food vendors, artists, sidewalk chalk drawings, colouring tables and bouncers for children, and musical and dance performances.IPG 2017

On Saturday there will be a Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program presentation to enlighten visitors on the bird's endangerment, featuring special guest Koko the owl. In the afternoon jazz artists Helen White and Jonathan Alexiuk will take the stage.

A formal ceremony will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.; the Harvey, N.D. Men's Choir and the Canadian Military Wives of Shilo will deliver the two national anthems and various government representatives will speak.

"It'll be a nice little ceremony to kind of commemorate the 85th, and talk a little bit about what we're looking forward to going ahead," said Tim Chapman, the Garden's CEO.

He added that the garden is in excellent shape, just in time for celebrations.

"We're getting to that point in the season where all the flowers are really taking off and almost look like they're in full bloom now," Chapman said. "We've been fortunate so far that hail storms have kind of skirted around us in the last month, so no major damage. Everything's starting to really fill out in the beds."

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