International Peace Garden

Hope for our children
Hope for our children | Source

Where is it?

Recently we had a family reunion (my mother's side), and it was held at the Jordan Park in Salt Lake City. Part of the park is a beautifully planned garden called the International Peace Gardens. I didn't know what to expect, but I felt a sacredness and world unity about the place. It is located on the banks of the Jordan River and has been there since 1947.

The Purpose

Utah is made up of several nationalities. This garden was created to promote the general welfare of the communities in Salt Lake City.


The motto is "Community Service for Civic Improvements". Committees that contribute and maintain the gardens come from the United Nations, Utah Youth Village, Wasatch Youth Center, YWCA, University Hospital and others.

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Symbolism

The gardens and structures in the International Peace Gardens symbolize world peace, the true spirit of democracy, literature, cultural heritage, brotherly love and the history of many lands.

They were the initiated by Mrs. Otto Wiesley in 1939. She acted as Citizenship Chair for the Centennial Celebration of 1947. She hoped to promote good citizenship by having foreign groups help with the beautification of the City. It was proposed and approved, however, it was stopped at the onset of World War II, before being started again.


Beautiful mixture of flowers
Beautiful mixture of flowers | Source

Labor of Love

Each group was allotted a section of the garden for them to design, create and plant with their own funds. They were approved by the City Parks Director and each part was dedicated and then presented to the City who maintains the gardens.

The first country represented in the gardens was the United States. Others include Europe, Africa and Asia. Also, the Japanese gardens were added followed by 28 countries before space ran out. Festivals include the various groups dressed in their native costumes dancing and singing traditional songs. All of this is free.

The only other known peace garden in the United States is one on the Canadian border in North Dakota.

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Peace

The day we visited there were several people visiting and enjoying this beautiful peaceful place. Over 20,000 people visit the gardens each year.

I hope more people will be aware of these gardens and share in their meaning and hope for peace in our world.

A markerSalt Lake City International Peace Gardens -
1000 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104, USA
[get directions]

A place of refuge and hope on the banks of the Jordan River in Jordan Park, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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© 2015 Elayne

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Say Yes To Life 12 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

We definitely need as many Peace Gardens as possible!

The good news is that we have a lot of Peace Parks. I would like to tell of the one in Hayden Lake, Idaho. It used to be a Neo-Nazi compound. One night, a Native American woman was driving by there, with her 4 year old son asleep in the back seat. Her car backfired; the Neo-Nazis thought it was a gunshot, and they attacked her car. Fortunately neither she nor her son was hurt, but she was able to successfully sue them. She got the land as payment, and turned it into a Peace Park.


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janshares 12 months ago from Washington, DC

What a beautiful garden, Elayne. Thank you for introducing this lovely place. I found the hub very informative, didn't know this peace garden existed. Your pictures are gorgeous. Nice!

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