From Mrs. Otto Weisley¡¦s Christmas letter December 18th,
"THE NETHERLANDS SECTION will be a typical
representation of the homeland.¡¨ So reports Theo A. Mebius,
Executive Chairman of this group. ¡§One who enters the Peace
Gardens will see at his right this Garden with its
"So many people know that the Netherlands have
many windmills, but not all of them know that purpose they
serve. In order that this windmill might be of educational
value, two ponds have been constructed.
"One has a higher and the other a lower water
level, typifying the many canals in the Netherlands with
their different water levels. As the windmill pumps the
water in these ponds, so will the windmill in our garden
pump water from the lower to the higher water level pond.
The turning of the arms will give a realistic effect to it.
demarcating part of the garden will be the wooden shoe or
¡¥klomf¡¦ of about 15 feet. This shoe is placed in the middle
of a huge flower bed which will show imported Dutch bulbs of
the finest type with many rare samples of the art of growing
bulbs. We are convinced that many people who love and enjoy
flowers will come to see these selected bulbs that will
surround this wooden shoe.
"Surrounding the wooden shoe ,the windmill, and
the two ponds, and border in the garden will be a strip of
10 feet width in which are planted approximately 25,000
"In springtime when visiting the Netherlands,
everybody is always impressed by the vast beds of flowers in
the bulb districts. Traveling by train or sight-seeing car
from the Hague to Amsterdam is a continuation of joy and
thrill in seeing thousands and thousands of tulip and
hyacinth beds. In these districts where the art of growing
and developing bulbs is cultivated almost to perfection, the
eye sees flowers in almost every direction and the air is
filled with the fragrance of flowers.
"We hope that these 25,000 flowers in the Garden
of the Netherlands may make the same impression on all the
visitors, and that they will be a sweet remembrance to those
who once saw the splendor and colors of flowers in the
lowlands. Moreover, we hope that our garden will breathe and
convey the sweet influence of peace that we need so much in
this world today.¡¨
And now- Mr. B. Van Dongen, vice consul of the
Netherlands for the State of Utah, gives us the following
beautiful thoughts: ¡§PAX OPTIMA RERUM¡¨ Peace is the Highest
Achievement,¡¨ is the slogan of the people who are to build
the Netherlands section of the International Peace Gardens
at Salt Lake City. A slogan well chosen by the executive
chairman of the Netherlands Project, Mr. Theo A. Mebius.
"International Peace Gardens"
"When only a few months ago, the invitation came
to me to take the initiative in forming plans for the
Netherlands Garden, I wondered how to proceed. Mrs. Otto Wiesley, permanent chairman of the IPG and past president of
the Salt Lake City Council of Women, had explained to me the
purpose of the Gardens, and as I thought about the scope of
the plan, a picture of beauty, with tremendous possibilities
for good, unfolded itself before me.
"International Peace Gardens!" Pax Optima Rerum!
"Would those people of Utah whose cradle once
stood in the lowlands accept the project? Would
their children and friends be willing to assist them? Of
course they would! Hollanders everywhere have always been
people and they would grasp the opportunity to promote the
idea of peace in the world. Pax Optima Rerum! People from
nearly all nationalities will build these gardens, and the
beauty of it is that they are all unitedly building for
PEACE. Someday, when the gardens are all completed and they
will express the character of every land, the world will
learn that the people who gathered from all corners of the
Earth built here unitedly and happily to show the world that
nations CAN work together to restore BEAUTY and PEACE to the
EARTH. All Hollanders and
Holland-Americans who reside in the state of Utah will soon
be further informed of our plans by the executive committee
of the Netherlands Section. They are Theo A. Mebius,
chairman, Albert Sievert, construction, Thys Sipkene,
finance, and John W. Kveno, publicity.
"My highest esteem goes to Mrs. Otto A. Weisley
who conceived the idea of the project worthy of the support
of all who live in the state of Utah."
"Our sincere appreciation to you, Mr. Van Dongen,
for the inspiration this will give to all. Here I must tell
you that Mr. Weisley and I shall ever remember the colorful
picture that met our gaze on Thanksgiving Day when we
visited the Gardens and found so many of your people,
happily working, planting those thousands of tulips in your
garden. Success to you."
The foregoing describes the Dutch Garden in its
first year. All was built later. Today however, only a lawn
exists and a small flower bed spelling out ¡§Holland¡¨ What a
shame that this most attractive Garden has all but been
forgotten by time. Please join our movement to reconstruct
the Netherlands Section of the Garden to its original
beauty. Share your memories and photos with us. Donate
to the Windmill fund.