SOURCE: Peace Garden Trail

Peace Garden Trail

June 16, 2016 16:51 ET

Peace Garden Trail Commemorates Anniversary of War of 1812

Gardens Stretch Across NYS, Symbolize Peace Between United States and Canada

BATAVIA, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2016) - June 18 marks the 204th anniversary of the United States declaring war against Great Britain, starting the War of 1812. Where these soldiers once fought throughout New York State, peace gardens are now in bloom for the season. The Peace Garden Trail of New York invites international visitors and local residents to visit the 19 permanent gardens that commemorate the peace that has existed for over 200 years between Canada, a British colony during the war, and the United States.

The Peace Garden Trail of New York tells the compelling story of the War of 1812 and its history with the US and Canada. Covering over 600 miles, gardens can be found across the Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, 1000 Islands/Seaway and Adirondack Coast regions of New York State. Many peace gardens, each representing a chapter of history, blossom along the southern shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River where much of the activity during the war was concentrated.

Blooming annually from May to October, the gardens are appreciated by visitors for their beauty and the peace they symbolize. Nearby, the trail offers options for delicious, regional foods and entertaining attractions. For guidance on planning a trip, suggested itineraries are available on the Peace Garden Trail's website: www.peacegardentrail.com.

The Peace Garden Trail of New York was unveiled in 2012 on the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 to celebrate 200 years of peace between the United States and Canada. The garden trail was modeled after the International Peace Garden concept -- which dedicates a garden to recognize the contributions of a city and country making the world more peaceful. The Canadian Government presented the United States with the first peace garden in 1990, a tulip garden in recognition of the two countries sharing the longest undefended border in the world. More information is available at www.ipgf.org.

About the Peace Garden Trail of New York

Peace gardens bursting with blossoms trace the historic route of the War of 1812 across the state of New York. Blooming May through October, this trail tells the compelling story of how the events of the War of 1812 helped to shape the future of the United States. The natural beauty of these permanent gardens, each representing a chapter in history, commemorates the peace that has existed between Canada and the United States over the past 200 years.

Journey along the trail to discover the history, savor regional foods and take in nearby attractions. For more information, visit: www.peacegardentrail.com and www.ipgf.org.

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