The Vitko Collection is one of the largest private collections of cactus and succulents in the world. As a young boy, Don Vitko started his collection with a packet seeds, then spent four decades collecting over sixty-five hundred plants from around the world, many of them from seeds.
This 80 page, softcover book features over 230 images showcasing the beauty and unique symmetry of the plants in the collection.
Here is a closer look at the spines, ribs and flowers. Learn how they store water and some of their everyday uses.
Learn how to care for succulents with easy to follow instructions from one of the top nursery owners in Arizona.
Fine Art Photography & Books
Hens and Chicks, The Vitko Collection
International Peace Garden, Promise of Peace
The Promise of Peace Sculpture was done by my father, Arthur Norby in 2015 for the Peace Garden. It had been commissioned by and was a gift from, the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) to the International Peace Garden (IPG).
In August of 2015, Arthur delivered the sculpture to the garden and I went along. When the sculpture was delivered and temporarily placed in the atrium, we planned to tour the gardens. We were immediately taken by the expanse and grandeur of the gardens. Prior to going on our tour, we visited the gift shop and had noticed that there was no book about the International Peace Garden. We spent several hours touring and photographing the gardens and monuments with a mission of capturing enough images for a book.
In July of 2016, the Promise of Peace, a full color 88-page book, will be available in the gift shop of the IPG. Also available in the gift shop is a 28-page souvenir book featuring my photography of the Peace Garden, along with other merchandise which I produced for them.
The International Peace Garden was established in 1932, as a symbol of the peaceful relationship between Canada and the United States.
It is located on 2,390 acres of aspen and oak prairie Savannah in the heart of the Turtle Mountains, straddling the 49th parallel. The 25-acre formal garden of the International Peace Garden showcases annual floral and perennial flower beds which help erase the 49th parallel within the Garden.
Every spring the Peace Garden is brought to life by the planting of as many as 150,000 flowering annuals. In addition to the thousands of flowers in the garden, the Conservatory has more than 4,500 species of cactus and succulents from around the world, making up this collection of more than 6,000 very unique plants.
There are several other monuments and structures located within the garden.
The IPG is also home to the International Music Camp and the International Sports Camp.
Visit the International Peace Garden's website at www.peacegarden.com
Capturing Floral Beauty With Your Camera
“Capturing Floral Beauty with Your Camera” is a 16-page 5.5."x8.5" soft cover book filled with tips on photographing flowers.
Kari Barchenger grew up in central Minnesota and has been doing photography since the early 1980’s. She went to a vocational school to learn about photography and has held several jobs utilizing her skills. She has always had a love of photographing nature and has sold some of her fine art photography to interested parties over the years. In 2016, she published her first book “International Peace Garden – Promise of Peace”. Which is the first book ever published about the International Peace Garden in its 84-year history. She also produced a souvenir book for the International Peace Garden in 2016.
In 2017, she published her second book, “Hens and Chicks, The Vitko Collection” that highlights that story of a young boys 40-year journey of accumulating one of the largest private collections of cacti and succulents in the United States, if not the world. That collection is now on display at the International Peace Garden.
Because of publishing these books, Kari has spent countless hours photographing hundreds of cacti, succulents and flowers. She has taken her knowledge of photographing plants in different environments to produce the book “Capturing Floral Beauty With Your Camera”.
“Capturing Floral Beauty with Your Camera” includes some insight into the different types of cameras that one would use and tips to help create beautiful images of flowers, whether in a garden or in nature.
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Reflections of Peace, Friendship and Hope
"Reflections of Peace, Friendship and Hope" is a 38-page 5.5" x 8.5" soft cover book that commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Peace Chapel located at the International Peace Garden. Upon the walls of the Peace Chapel are 57 quotes from religious leads, philosophers, historians and poets.
This book contains those quotes accompanied by images taken at the International Peace Garden, as well at a brief history of the Peace Garden and Peace Chapel.
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