Two Island communities among 150 Canada-wide to have celebration gardens

OTTAWA—Two Manitoulin Island communities are among 150 across Canada who will be saying ‘Happy Birthday Canada’ with 150th celebration gardens.

Thanks to the Canadian Garden Council, and a generous donation from Vesey’s Bulbs of Prince Edward Island, 150 communities and organizations from coast to coast have been selected to receive a spectacular 150th Celebration Gardens. The 150 communities include the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeeng First Nation and the Assiginack Horticultural Society in Manitowaning.

Each garden consists of 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to be planted this fall and bloom next spring just in time to say ‘Happy Birthday to Our Home and Native Land.’

The tulip is an international symbol of friendship and giving. For Canadians, especially, the tulip is a symbol of our national ethos of kindness and friendship, witnessed, in particular, by our providing refuge to the Dutch Royal family during World War II, a release notes.

Alexander Reford, president of the Canadian Garden Council said, “selecting successful applications was a difficult task for our jury as we received more than 400 applications for these special gardens, more than we ever expected. Gardens play a significant role in Canadian culture and heritage and we are delighted that these 150th Celebration Gardens commemorate who we are as Canadians and how recipient communities have played a role in defining, developing and growing Canada’s international reputation as a nation of friends.”

John Barrett, director of sales, marketing and development for Vesey’s Bulbs said, “considering that the creation of Canada was a result of the Fathers of Confederation meeting in PEI, and we are a PEI-based country, we see the 150th Celebration Garden program as a great opportunity with which to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. It is our pleasure to contribute more than 150,000 red and white tulip bulbs to 150th anniversary festivities across the country.”