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Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society wants Japanese Garden at old power plant site in Moorhead

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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It sure sounds like the perfect setting. Trees, water everything tranquil. And the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society wants to bring this front and center to Downtown Moorhead.

As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, it could be out with the old and in with the Japanese garden.

As the demolition continues at the old power plant near the river in Moorhead, people are dreaming. The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society has been talking with Moorhead City leaders about putting something like this, on the site of the old power plant in Moorhead. A Japanese garden. Trees, plants, flowers. Water.

Jim Anderson/Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, "It looks like Moorhead has stepped up to the plate. With the old Power Plant location, we have been a slingshot ready to put a stake in the ground. We have been doing this since '98. It is about time."

But the Botanic soceity is thinking more than just a Japanese Garden on the Moorhead side, the group plans on reaching across the river.

Vern Hunter/Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, "When we met with the Moorhead council, they were very excited about it. As a draw to downtown and when you tie it in with Fargo and the Riverwalk and all, the opportunity is really great.'

Since the group formed 17 years ago, it has been trying to find a home in Fargo-Moorhead for a conservatory, Japanse Garden, or aboretum. There are several around the country that are showpieces for cities. Maybe this demo site, will hold the key to a building site.

And April 9th, Northern Plains is hosting a Wine and Edible Insect Pairing at the HoDo. Click here for more information on Northern Plains.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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