PYG host Mary Holm visits the International Peace Garden near Dunseith, North Dakota to learn how Minot native Don Vitko started collecting cacti when he was eight years old in 1963. Today, Viko has traveled the world to amass a collection of nearly 6,000 cacti and succulents. Mary Holm visits with the caretaker of this special collection, Johannes Olwage, originally from Nambia, Africa. The cactus collection is part of the $5.1-million Interpretive Centre and Conservatory in the the Peace Garden which straddles the Manitoba-North Dakota border on Highway 10.
Celebrating its 30th season, PYG is a trusted and popular program dedicated to the delivery of science-based horticulture information and practices. Over the course of every season, PYG visits with researchers, extension educators, private businesses, industry reps and exceptional gardeners to keep viewers current with the latest information and trends. In the past few years, there have been more than 265,000 video views of PYG episodes online.
Prairie Yard and Garden is produced by Mike Cihak of Instructional and Media Technologies at the University of Minnesota Morris. Funding is provided by the University of Minnesota, Shalom Hill Farm, The Heartland Motor Company, Acira and the members of Pioneer Public Television.
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