Winkler's pioneer roots will soon greet travellers entering the city.

The Winkler Horticulture Society presented their ambitious plans for the land North of Highway 14 to city council on Tuesday.

"We were very pleased with their reception of the plan and our vision for that space," Society Co-Chair Margaret Penner says, adding the location is a highly visible site.

She explains work has begun on the ambitious Parkside Pioneer Patch. The society has collected a large assortment of antique farm equipment and vehicles which will be strategically placed on the frontage road and filled with annual plants.

The society spent weeks scouring Southern Manitoba for suitable vehicles and farm equipment for the display.

"It will be beautiful as far as a floral display," Penner says. "And yet it's also going to have some attraction because of the implements we are putting there."

Penner notes the display and planter boxes will also require significantly less upkeep than large flowerbeds.

A butterfly garden is also in the works for the area between DJ's Restaurant and New Leaf Garden Centre. She notes the garden could put Winkler on the map, even internationally, if certified as a Naturescape Monarch Waystation.

Currently there are only two other such waystations in the Province, both of which are in Winnipeg.

The display and garden is expected to be finished next summer.

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