The International Peace Garden is getting ready for their Garden Day's Event coming up in just a few short weeks, June 16 and 17.

New to the Peace Garden team is Horticulturalist, Krystee Van Den Bosch, who works specifically with the Sunken Garden. She says lots of plants survived the long winter and they've just finished up the spring clean-up. Now they're gearing up for 'Garden Days' coming up in two weeks.

Van Den Bosch explains 'Garden Day's has a little something for everyone, including a Father's Day Brunch on Sunday.

"The two days will provide speakers on the Saturday, and another speaker on Sunday. We have some fun activities for the kids such as face-painting and some other inter-active displays in our pollinator garden. They'll have some little surprises that they'll be able to take home with them."

The list of presenters speaks to the many different issues and interests affecting garden enthusiasts today.

"We have Mick Mansfield, a master gardener speaking on composting. We also have keynote speaker, Taz Stuart, coming down from Winnipeg. He's an entomologist with Poulins and will present on responsible pest management for homeowners and then also talk about some of the herbicides and how they affect pollinators, like bees."

Sunday's speaker will be Kitty Torkelson who will be speaking on Hostas and other shade plants.

"We have a lot of really exciting things for everyone. A lot of our perennials and shrubs are starting to open up so they will be in full bloom here in time for that weekend."

Garden Days to this extent is new for the Peace Garden and they're hoping it will be a great success to continue it as an annual event.

"Come on down to visit us," she says. "We're doing our best to make it beautiful for you guys!"

Saturday, June 16 presenters are as follows:

Mick Mansfield will be presenting on Backyard Composting at 11 a.m. Mick is a Master Gardener, Master Composter and a retired British Army Veteran.

Taz Stuart will be presenting Responsible Pest Management at 1 p.m. Taz is an entomologist and the Director of Technical Operations at Poulin's Pest control in Winnipeg.

Sunday, June 27 presenter, Minnesota Master Gardener, as well as North Dakota Master Gardener, Kitty Torkelson will be presenting on Shade Gardening at 1 p.m.

Interpreters for the various garden features:

Pollinator/Food Garden: Braeden Collins

Cacti and Succulent Conservatory: Johannes Olwage & Jonah Neufeld

Sunken Garden: Johannes Olwage & Jonah Neufeld

Formal Area Terraces: Connie Lagerquist

Kids' Activities are all weekend, with Garden Stepping Stones Workshop from 1-3pm Saturday June 16th at the Pollinator Garden.

Father's Day Buffet features a roast beef luncheon at the Cafe in the Conservatory from 11am to 2pm.

All presentations are free of charge to the public.

Daily Pass into the Park is $20

Annual Park Pass is $30

Visit their website for more information.

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