COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM: SOUTH GRANVILLE UNVEILS CANADA 150 TULIPS
2ND MAY 2017
You may have noticed the recent brilliant pop of colour in the evergreen planters throughout the neighbourhood. As part of the Canada-wide Communities in Bloom celebration, the South Granville BIA unveils the Canada 150 tulip. Also known as the Maple Leaf tulip, this beautiful bulb is the official flower of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Selectively created as an elegant white flower with red flames, it bears a striking resemblance to the Canadian flag. Thousands more will bloom in community gardens across Canada. For Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017, the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa has planted over 200,000 Maple Leaf tulip bulbs.
Did you know? The Kingdom of the Netherlands helped engineer this perfect tulip for Canada’s 150th birthday. These beautiful tulips are somewhat of a personal “thank you” from the Netherlands.
“The tulip represents gratitude and the long-standing friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. Blooming in the colours of Canada’s flag, Canada 150 tulips will bring both pride and joy to gardens and communities from coast to coast to coast,” said His Excellency Cees Kole, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in a news release. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with why the Netherlands is so grateful to Canada, we certainly have an interesting story for you. For one, Canadian soldiers liberated Holland in the Second World War, freeing the country from the grips of Nazi rule–so there’s that. But before any of that happened, when the Germans originally invaded the Netherlands, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard were forced to flee to Ottawa to escape the conflict. Juliana later gave birth to her daughter Margriet inside the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1943, after Canada’s federal government declared the maternity ward extraterritorial so that the birth could still technically take place in The Netherlands. Needless to say, they haven’t forgotten what we did for them.