Creemore celebrates blooming of Canada 150 tulips

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The highly sought after and much anticipated limited edition official tulip bulbs created for Canada’s 150th anniversary are blooming and it is cause for celebration.

Officials are marking the blooming of the Canada 150 tulip, also known as the Maple Leaf tulip. It is white with ‘red flames’ and is supposed to bear resemblance to the Canadian flag.

There have been some issues with the colours of the blooms but in Creemore, the colours appear to be spot on.

The Creemore Horticultural Society is inviting the community to a blooming celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Cenotaph on Caroline Street East, across the street from Station on the Green. Light refreshments will be served.

Township officials and Stayner Garden Club held a blooming ceremony at Fountain Park in Stayner on Thursday. That same day Stayner Collegiate Institute welcomed Grade 7 and 8 students from Clearview Meadows Elementary School, Byng Public School, Nottawasaga Creemore Public School and New Lowell Public School for a Canadian Celebration, which included a blooming ceremony at the school’s Canada 150 Dutch Canadian Friendship Garden.

After the opening ceremonies, the students were invited to participate in a wide variety of workshops, activities, and games, such as making butter tarts and playing crokinole, for the morning and early afternoon.

Home Hardware Stores partnered with the National Capital Commission (NCC), the official gardener of Canada’s Capital Region, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the Canada 150 tulip.

During Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, 300,000 Canada 150 tulips will be showcased in the NCC’s flowerbeds in the Capital Region and thousands more will bloom in community gardens across Canada.

The tulip represents a long-standing friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulips to Ottawa to thank Canadians for harbouring Princess Juliana and her daughters during the war. In 1943, Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet at the hospital in Ottawa in 1943 and in 1946 sent another 20,500 bulbs with a pledge to send another 10,000 each year during her lifetime. The Canadian Tulip Festival is held in Ottawa each May in celebration of these gifts.

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