Tulips planted to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom has planted hundreds of bulbs, including one designed especially for Canada's 150th.

2017 will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, and the country will be awash with patriotic red-and-white colours.

The flower show will begin in the spring of 2017, when millions of tulips will burst into bloom across the country.

To commemorate the special occasion, a special tulip has been developed, and it will be showcased across the country. The “Canada 150” tulip is white with red flames, and bears a striking resemblance to our Maple Leaf flag.

The National Capital Commission has partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware (exclusive retailer of the tulip bulb), and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the “Canada 150” tulip.

As one can well imagine, the announcement of the special tulip had Canadians flocking to their local Home Hardware stores in the hope of obtaining these special bulbs to plant.

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom was very fortunate to obtain 200 of these very special tulip bulbs from Home Hardware, and is thrilled to partner with the Royal Canadian Legion for a project that will feature the bulbs planted around the cenotaph. What a wonderful tribute it will be to our veterans!

Ashcroft CiB was also interested in a second tulip display, and has partnered with The Journal. With the limited number of special “Canada 150” tulips promised to the Legion, the group chose to plant a “150 Celebration Garden” at the Journal site, which will feature 150 White Hakuun tulips and 150 Red Impression tulips. The bulbs have been planted in a newly-constructed raised bed in front of the Journal office, and will certainly add a very patriotic flavour.