Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cacti, Succulents, and the International Peace Garden

A few more of the little babies I acquired at Gardening Saturday:

The succulent above is called "Crassula-Marnieriana"

And this one is an "Aeonium". I don't know what it's other , more specific name, is, but just that it's in the broader category of "Aemonium".

Yesterday, I opened the newspaper, and saw a photo of the vendor from whom I bought all these succulents! Apparently, he's amassed what is believed to be largest collection of cacti in North America. This is in Minot, ND. ND!--definately not known for it's desserts or tropical weather! He's got over 5,200 different cacti and completely fills a 4,000 square foot greenhouse.

He's dontated his collection to the International Peace Garden, which straddles the border between North Dakota and Canada. You actually have to have your passport to re-enter the US after you've visited this garden, 1/2 of which is in ND, have of which is in Canada. Apparently, it's going to take a lot of semis to move some of these bad boys, some of which weigh 500 to 700 pounds and are 12 feet high, to Minot, this summer. The Peace Garden build a special conservatory for the collection, and will add on to the building in the future to accommodate more of the collection.

The cactus collector, Don Vitko, gave out cards with this website listed and you can check out care information for succulents, or order plants from them:


I have 6 more succulents to show you over the next week or so.


Joanne said...

these are unusual and beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Yolanda said...

Very cool. That first one looks alien.

Jeanne said...

Very interesting and unusual plants, Angela. What a neat project for the gardener. I'm sure it will be truly impressive.

I think you should harass Doug to watch Up. The message is a great one!

Reds said...

Great plants - so different!

Margaret said...

Those are so pretty. That's so interesting about the Peace Garden being half in the U.S. and half in Canada. I guess that would be one place you wouldn't want to forget to take your passport!

KRISTIE said...

very cool, i have a ton of succulents too!

Nicki, said...

That first one looks delicious. I'm thinking itsy bitsy cinnamon buns. I should have had dessert this evening!

Barb said...

Very nice shot of all of the plants. The first one is my favorite. Your place is going to look gorgeous!