Dignitaries gathered at the Tulip Legacy Exhibit at Commissioner’s Park Thursday to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial and the blooming of hundreds of thousands of Canada 150 tulips around the capital and across the country.
More than 300,000 Canada 150 tulips are planted in National Capital Commission (NCC) flower beds across the region, ready for the opening of the Canadian Tulip Festival Friday.
Officials with the NCC, along with Dutch Ambassador Henk van der Zwan, Raymond Carrière, founding president of Communities in Bloom, and Ottawa South MP David McGuinty on behalf of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, were present at the ceremony.
“The tulips of the Capital are a powerful symbol of the friendship born out of liberating The Netherlands — just as they are a welcome sign each spring of renewal and rebirth,” said van der Zwan.
“I am pleased to see this symbol of friendship blooming in the colours of the maple leaf flag in gardens across the country as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.”
Unveiled last year, the distinctive Canada 150 features a white flower with red accents that mimic flames.
The NCC has partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware, the exclusive retailer of this special tulip bulb, and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the Canada 150 tulip.
Article written by Paul McCooey on the Ottawa Citizen Website. Follow the link here.