About Us

The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society was founded in April 1998 by the innovative NDSU Horticulturist Dr. Chiwon Lee and a group of motivated individuals. The organization received its non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 1999 and maintains a 9-member Board of Directors to oversee and guide its development.

Through the years, the society has grown to over 300 members nationwide. In 2006, via an agreement with the Fargo Park District, the organization obtained authority to develop and maintain 52 acres of land into a botanic garden, including a Japanese garden, conservatory, and arboretum. This entire plan is scheduled to take 30 years for completion.

Since that agreement, a greenhouse was constructed, along with numerous gardens. The next project slated is the development of the Garden of Mind and Soul designed in the Japanese-style.

A dedicated group of members and volunteers have contributed to the advancement of this great project. With continued growth and support, we will increase our educational classes, events, and gardens for everyone in the region to enjoy.

On October 15, 2011, the Society hired an Executive Director, Jacqueline Williams, to move us forward into the next aggressive phase of our development. We encourage you to come along with us on this journey of learning through nature and to support our endeavors, either through becoming a member or making a tax-deductible donation. With your help, we will make this plan a beautiful reality.


Our Foundational Roots 

Our Vision

The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society enriches and promotes our community through the culture and utilization of plants.

Our Mission

The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society is committed to the understanding, promotion, and appreciation of horticulture in the Northern Great Plains. We serve the public by providing educational gardening opportunities. We seek to enrich our community and the common good through the use of plants. We promote good stewardship of the environment.

Our Goals
  • Establish and develop a botanic garden and conservatory in the Northern Great Plains
  • Enrich and beautify surrounding communities by enhancing knowledge of horticulture
  • Enhance economic development within the region and be a tourist attraction
  • Promote an appreciation for both native and exotic plants
  • Promote home gardening and quality landscaping in the region
  • Provide a forum for the interaction and exchange of ideas among plant enthusiasts
  • Provide leadership for horticultural activities in the region
  • Develop educational opportunities in horticulture for the general public