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Nellie Gardner joins the IPGF as Resident Garden Authority

Nellie Gardner
IPGF is pleased to announce that Nellie Gardner has joined our team of professionals as our Resident Garden Authority. Nellie is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Science. She is owner and manager of Flower Fields, a reestablished cut flower farm in Spencerport, NY. As a Professional Agricultural Consultant, Nellie consults in speciality garden design including wildflower gardens, perennial, annual and cut flower, educational gardens and children's gardens.
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Mayer's Lake Ontario Winery is building War of 1812 memorial

Written by Meaghan M. McDermott
Staff writer, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

HAMLIN — Work on the first of two area peace gardens commemorating the War of 1812 moved forward Tuesday with a groundbreaking at Mayer's Lake Ontario Winery.

"This is an important day for Mayer's," said winery owner David Bower Jr. "There is so much history in this area, and people just don't know that much about it."

The Bowers donated 11,500 square feet of land at their Hamlin-Parma Townline Road vineyard and tasting rooms facility to the garden effort. Materials and design were donated by Terry Tree and RM Landscape. Other funds for the project will be raised through donations.

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War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail wins Garden Tourism Initiative of the Year

The Honorable Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment
Paula Savage, President IPGF
Alison Partridge, Horticulture Center of the Pacific
Toronto, Canada . . . March 15, 2011 . . . A new awards ceremony tradition was started today at the closing event of Canada’s Garden Tourism Conference. The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction.

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Donna Lopez joins the International Peace Garden Foundation as Director of Education

Donna Lopez is the Director of Education for the International Peace Garden Foundation. Donna’s education credentials are extensive. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Foundations efforts to focus on our international youth education and cultural exchange activities.

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Conable is first recipient of ‘Friends of Peace’ award | The Daily News Online

Barber B. Conable is recipient of the first ‘‘Batavia Friends of Peace’’ Award, the International Peace Garden Foundation has announced.

Conable, who served 20 years in the United States Congress and was president of the World Bank for six years, will be recognized at the Peace Garden dinner on Friday, Feb. 18 according to IPGF President Paula Savage.

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Terry Anderson to address Peace Garden Kickoff dinner | Buffalo News

BATAVIA—Terry Anderson, a news correspondent held captive in Lebanon for nearly seven years, is returning to his hometown next month to highlight an International Peace Garden Kickoff dinner.

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Emin Cakmak joins the International Peace Garden Foundation as Director of International Affairs

The International Peace Garden Foundation is pleased to announce that Emin Cakmak is the newly appointed Director of International Affairs for the Foundation. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Cakmak will serve as coordinator for the Foundations international activities primarily concerning Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Growing a Symbol of Bi-national Peace in Lewiston

Volunteer effort is a symbol of 200 years of harmony between U.S. and Canada

By Nick Mattera
Niagara Gazette

LEWISTON — A volunteer effort has received international notoriety at a small park with a big meaning in the Village of Lewiston.

The Binational Peace Garden helped transformed a former municipal parking lot just off Center Street into a flower-filled oasis, which symbolizes the 200 years of harmony existing between the U.S. and Canada.

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Peace garden efforts moving forward; Terry Anderson expected to lend support

With a nod of approval (no official vote could be taken) from the Legislature's Human Services Committee today, Marilyn Drilling and Barb Toal are ready to push forward with plans for a peace garden next to the Holland Land Office Museum.

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Istanbul, Turkey named as site for 2010 International Peace Garden

Paula Savage, President of the International Peace Garden foundation announced plans today for Istanbul, Turkey to become the site of the 2010 International Peace Garden. The dedication is scheduled to take place on April 22, 2010 and will coincide with ASTA’s International Tourism Expo.

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Peace Garden Route planned to commemorate the War of 1812 Bi-Centennial

Modeled on the International Peace Garden concept that originated in Canada in 1990, a trail of Peace Gardens is being planned along the historic route where events of the War determined the future of Canada, the United States and the fate of many First Nations and Native American people.

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Batavia woman makes world more peaceful, one garden at a time

Mark Hare, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
You never know when you plant a seed (or in this case, a tulip bulb), just what might grow.

Paula Savage lives in Batavia and works as director of tourism sales for Visit Rochester (formerly the Greater Rochester Visitors Association). Eighteen years ago, when she was living in Washington, D.C., and working to promote a higher profile (and more visitors) for the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, she had an idea. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be a great idea if Ottawa gave some tulip bulbs to Washington for a peace garden?'"
Ottawa has been known for its tulips since its support for the exiled Dutch royal family during World War II. Queen Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet in an Ottawa hospital, and after the war, Queen Juliana began to send thousands of bulbs to the Canadian city as a gesture of thanks.

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2007 Peace Garden Dedication in Bern, Switzerland

The 2007 International Peace Garden will be dedicated in Bern, Switzerland during a gala ceremony hosted by Mayor Alexander Tschappat on Thursday, May 3rd,2007.

During the 2006 Peace Garden Dedication in Dublin, Ireland Bern was nominated by then Lord Mayor Catharine Byrne.

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The Rome Declaration of Noble Peace Laureates

The 7th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates took place in Rome from November 17 to 19 and was held, as were previous Summits, on the initiative of Mikhail Gorbachev and the Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni.

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2006 Peace Garden Dedication in Dublin, Ireland

The 2006 International Peace Garden will be dedicated in Dublin, Ireland during a gala ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Catherine Byrne on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006. Festivities will include a special performance by RTE' Co'r na nO'g, a youth choir praised for their recordings and their many opera and theatre appearances throughout Ireland.

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Ria Hudome joins International Peace Garden Foundation Board of Directors

Having grown up in a military family, Ria has traveled the world from a very early age. Ria is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan Collage and received her masters in Education from University of Virginia. Ria has spent most of her professional career in the hospitality industry. The last fifteen years have been with Marriott International. Presently, Ria is a Regional Trainer for Marriott Hotels based in the UK. Her affiliation to the International Peace Gardens started over ten years ago when she was a member of the delegation to plant the International Peace Garden in Pretoria, South Africa. Ria joined the International Peace Garden Foundation as a director in the Spring of 2005.


First Children’s International Peace Garden Announced: Will Honor Pope John Paul II’s Peace Efforts

Washington, DC – The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center will dedicate the first Children’s International Peace Garden October 27, 2003 at 11 a.m. The children’s peace garden is one of several Cultural Center events honoring Pope John Paul II during the Silver Jubilee of his extraordinary pontificate.
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Twin ceremonies here honor terrorism victims

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Two separate ceremonies commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001, victims Thursday. The first was a gathering east of the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano in Sabana Norte where firemen and police again paid tribute to their counterparts who died that morning in New York City.
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2003 Peace Garden Dedication in Costa Rica

September 1, 2003 - The most recent International Peace Garden will be dedicated in San Jose, Costa Rica on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003. The date was chosen to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, sending a fragrant and colorful message that world peace is every person’s right and responsibility.
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2003 Peace Garden Dedication in Rome

Washington, DC-April 3rd, 2003. The 2003 International Peace Garden will be dedicated in Rome, Italy in front of the Coliseum during a gala ceremony hosted by Mayor Veltroni on Friday, April 4th, 2003.
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Int'l Peace Garden Unveiled in Canada

Canada's Capital Region - The National Capital Commission (NCC), along with its partners and the Canadian Tulip Festival, had the honor of welcoming Her Royal Highness, Princess Margriet from the Netherlands at the Canada and the World Pavilion for the unveiling of the International Peace Garden.

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2002 Peace Garden Dedication in Vienna, Austria

Washington, DC—April 22, 2002. The 2002 International Peace Garden will be dedicated in Vienna, Austria at City Hall during a gala ceremony hosted by Mayor Michael Haulp on Monday, April 29. Austria is being honored for its commitment to promoting peace among nations and democracy for their peoples. The dedication, with reception to follow, will be attended by city officials, members of the diplomatic corps and other distinguished guests.
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2001 Peace Garden Dedication in Hiroshima, Japan

March 7, 2001, Washington, DC.— The city of Hiroshima was nominated to receive the next International Peace Garden by The Hague for the following reasons.
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Foundation Honored with International Award

January 15, 2001 - Washington, DC—Paula Savage, founder and President, accepted the prestigious Award for The Merits of Two Worlds on behalf of the International Peace Garden Foundation, on November 20th, 2000 in Rochester, NY. The award, also known as the Robert Schuman Medal, was given by the Robert Schuman Institute, an organization created by the European Parliament in honor of the statesman who’s mission was to assemble the countries of Europe for the development of cultural, economic and social unity and peaceful relations in the global community.
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War of 1812 Bicentennial

Joyce Lorraine, Project Manager