Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden - Nanaimo

Colorful tulips brighten up Nanaimo Cenotaph
Small crowd celebrates Friendship Tulip Garden
Pipe Major: Gordon Webb
Councillor Ian Thorpe
Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden - first year blooms

Dutch-Canadian Friendship Celebrated

The weather could have been more co-operative for the Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden Blooming Ceremony at the Nanaimo Cenotaph in Dallas Square. However, the weather did not dampen the spirit of those attending to celebrate this special expression of friendship that has existed between the Canadians and the Dutch since the end of WWII.

Canadian soldiers played a major role in the liberation of the Netherlands during WWII. In the spring of 1946, 100,000 tulips bloomed in Ottawa having been planted the previous fall. The bulbs had been sent to Canadians as a symbol of appreciation for the Canadians role in WWII.

Last fall, Nanaimo was chosen as one of the 140, 70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulp Gardens distributed by the Canadain Garden Council. 

Members of City Council, Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Scottish Regiment, St. John's ambulance Brigade and students from Bayview Elementary attended the celebration at the cenotaph.

The 700 bulbs were planted last fall under the direction of Nanaimo City parks Horticulture department.

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