International Peace Gardens

The International Peace Gardens is a 12-acre garden tucked inside Salt Lake City’s Jordan Park. Located just two miles from downtown, it’s a hidden treasure of Salt Lake’s Glendale neighborhood known for its cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. This locale parallels the principle behind the gardens that were inspired during World War II: commemoration of Utah’s immigrant diversity. 

Visitors who follow Leave No Trace principles can enjoy this “parade of nations” from dawn until dusk. The flat, paved trail leads walkers — wheelchairs, strollers, bikes and leashed dogs, too — to 28 garden plots. Some nations are more prominently represented than others, but even the minimal displays provide a pleasant nod using the nation’s flag, nameplate and small garden.

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History and Heritage

The International Peace Gardens provides "a lesson in peace and understanding," according to Mrs. Otto Wiesley, citizen chair of the Salt Lake Council of Women, who founded the International Peace Gardens in 1939. World War II thwarted a 1947 opening to coincide with the Centennial, but it finally opened in 1952 as one of two International Peace Gardens in the United States (the other is located in North Dakota on Canadian border). 

Today, many structures show their age after 70 years, but the garden’s philosophy of diversity and inclusion (along with the county’s regular maintenance and recent refurbishments) continues to attract visitors of all backgrounds and nationalities. Of the 28 represented countries, here are a few highlights.

Garden Highlights

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