To engage world citizens in activities that promote global peace

To advance peace and understanding amongst all the nations, cultures and religions of the world through the creation of rose gardens that become magnets for youth and community activities

TJ David and Sylvia Villalobos, Co-Creators
World Peace Rose Garden, State Capitol Park, Sacramento, California

About the Organization – A Worldwide Effort

International World Peace Rose Gardens (IWPRG) is a catalyst for peace in diverse communities around the world. The nonprofit organization was incorporated in 1988 for the purpose of creating beautiful rose gardens for peace on public, accessible sites. The gardens become magnetic centers where people gather, enjoy beauty and are inspired to be better persons and world citizens. The projects, including IWPRG youth programs, have impacted millions around the world.

Planted on some of the most cultural, historic and sacred grounds of the world,
World Peace Rose Gardens have been created to focus on different peace themes:

  • Pacific Palisades, California, USA
    The Lake Shrine-Gandhi World Peace Rose Garden
    Peace and Harmony between Cultures & Religions
  • Mexico City, Mexico - The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Friendship between Mexico and the United States
    Sister Garden: National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Sacramento, California, USA
  • Assisi, Italy, Europe - The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
    Universal Peace with All Creation
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
    Peace through Nonviolence
  • Sacramento, California, USA - State Capitol Park
    Peace for Women, Children and Families
    Sister Garden: Jinan, China
    A Sister City Project of the Jinan-Sacramento Sister Cities Corporation
    School World Peace Rose Garden
    Southport Elementary School, West Sacramento, California

International Youth Programs


While the World Peace Rose Gardens are silent ambassadors of peace, it is youth who give voice to that message. Students from Italy, Mexico, Japan, Gaza Strip, Pakistan, India, China, Africa, an Israeli/Palestinian school, and the United States, have participated in four exciting programs that promote world peace:

  • The “World Peace Begins With Me” Art Program
    Students are invited to artistically express the theme of each garden. Selected artwork is exhibited at dedications, public venues and other community events.

    • More than 3500 students have participated worldwide.
    • Winning artwork exhibited at public venues in Sacramento, Atlanta and Italy
  • The Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest
    Students express the ideals of the garden or an aspect of peace, in short poetic prose. Selected messages are engraved on individual plaques and placed throughout the gardens to act as points of inspiration.

    • Winning Messages of Peace are unveiled yearly at the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden in Atlanta, Georgia, and Southport Elementary School World Peace Rose Garden in West Sacramento, California. Thousands of students from around the world have participated since the program’s inception in 1993.
    • Forty-five winning messages of peace are in the State Capitol World Peace Rose Garden in Sacramento, California.
  • The Flower Pots of Friendship Program
    Youth from schools and faith communities are invited to creatively decorate 8 inch flower pots that are used to hold paper flowers with one of the 60 *Qualities of Peace, such as, Acceptance, Calmness, Compassion, Respect, etc. The “Qualities” are planted by diverse youth during a special ceremony at IWPRG events.

*Qualities of Peace Ceremony. IWPRG created a list of 60 core qualities that, when practiced individually, lead to building global peace collectively. The ceremonies are powerful venues for educating participating youth about the importance of these character builders while giving them a tangible experience in community action. The hope is that symbolically “planting” these qualities will impress upon them the need to “plant” them within themselves and express them without… in their homes, schools and communities. Click on: Qualities to download list.

  • The International Friendship Program
    The program, established in 2013, is an extension of the “World Peace Begins With Me” Art Program.  It differs in that it is not a contest but a goodwill effort to connect youth to IWPRG events without prior connection to a specific garden. Their artwork is displayed at IWPRG events.

    Some of the benefits for students who participate in our youth programs are:

    • Opportunity to be creatively pro-active about peace 
    • A feeling of connectedness with other youth from around the world     
    • Public recognition and increased self-esteem
    • Exposure to interfaith and multi-cultural activities               

Living Reminders of Peace

International World Peace Rose Gardens creates gardens that are living reminders that peace begins within the hearts of each one of us… in our thoughts, in our words and in our actions. Each one of us has an opportunity to make the world a better place, daily. Everyone can make a difference!

About the Co-Creators

TJ David, “The Rose Man,” and Sylvia Villalobos began cultivating their dream for
peace by planting the first World Peace Rose Garden at the Gandhi Peace
Memorial in California in 1984. The visionary team combined Mr. David’s love
and expertise of roses and his business background with Ms. Villalobos’ passion
for learning, cultural and interfaith appreciation, love of children and her
organizational skills. Twenty-seven years later, they have raised over $1,400,000
(including in-kind donations) for their peace garden projects, donated over
$340,000 and have volunteered over 20,000 hours.

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