Wednesday, June 10, 2009

International Peace Gardens

Monday we had a nice visit at the International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park. It was a bit overcast, which made for perfect walking weather. The kids loved exploring and playing with Abi & Emma. Here are pictures of a few of the areas. If you haven't ever been here, I highly recommend it!

England -Margaret Thatcher. The statue was placed the year she visited Salt Lake (in the early 90's I think). This area has beautiful rose bushes!

Dragon at the gate to the Chinese garden.
The Matterhorn...Switzerland. I am holding all four kids so they didn't disturb the apparently- homeless man sleeping behind the Swiss chalet. Can't say that I blame him- it was a very peaceful spot! I think this bridge was in the Swiss garden, too.

Japanese Garden. Lydia trying to rappel into the empty riverbed.

And...Lydia stuck on the dry fountain. Loves to climb!
Lydia has become a poser like the rest of them! Above and below are pics from the "America" garden. In the 1947 when this part of the garden was built, it was more politically correct to just say "America" rather than "United States." Don't want to anger our fellow North Americans, or South Americans either!


From their website:
The International Peace Gardens, located on the bank of the Jordan River in Salt Lake City, was founded as a citizenship project and as a lesson in peace and understanding between nations. The endeavor is evidence that people from many lands can unite in building a monument to peace.
Part of Utah history, the garden was conceived in 1939 and dedicated in 1952, the International Peace Gardens has welcomed tens of thousands of travelers from every corner of the globe, including exchange partners from Salt Lake's several Sister Cities. The project was brought to fruition by Utah citizen Mrs. Otto (Ruey) Wiesley, working with the Salt Lake City Superintendent of Parks, the mayor, and the Salt Lake Council of Women. Today the garden remains under the direction of the Salt Lake Council of Women Past Presidents Council. Each participating Utah-based nation group is allotted a plot in which to create a garden with native plantings and garden architecture and statues of world peace leaders typical of the homeland and its culture. The Peace Gardens currently represents the cultural diversity of twenty-six nations and encourages pleasant wandering and meditation by visitors. To learn more about the history of the gardens, click on "history."


Hillary said...

That homeless man was sleeping in a peaceful spot until we showed up anyway...then all he got to hear was me yelling to the kids to look at me :)

Tara said...

Wow it sounds so fun and I've never even heard of it. You sure do open my eyes to the sights of Utah!

jen91 said...

Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to take the kids.


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