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Public invited to join in planting of Canada 150 Celebration Garden Thursday




By Brock Weir

 

Canada's 150th Birthday will be a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration next year, but the party gets started early in Shelburne next week with the planting of a Celebration Garden.

Shelburne is one of 150 recipients across the country of a 150th Celebrations Garden. It's a celebration of two things: Canada's Sesquicentennial and a vivid, colourful reminder of the links between Canada and the Netherlands.

“Each of the 150 communities involved will plant 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs this fall in preparation for Canada's upcoming sesquicentennial celebrations,” said the Town in a statement. “The tulip is an international symbol of friendship and spring. Additionally, the gardens celebrate the Dutch-Canadian gift of 100,000 Dutch tulip bulbs, sent to Canadians in 1945 as a symbol of appreciation for the role Canadian soldiers played in the liberation of the Netherlands and the hospitality Canada provided to the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War.”

The whole community is invited to come out to the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (CDRC) next Thursday, November 3, at 9 a.m. to participate in the planting. The planting will take place on the lawn located on the northwest corner of the CDRC. Veterans, school kids and the public are invited to take part.

“The location was chosen primarily to accommodate the best view and also to expose it to as many people as possible,” said Carol Maitland of the Town of Shelburne. “That would obviously be the residents of the Town but also anyone using the arena.”

According to the Town, Shelburne's garden and the other 149 gardens will be “symbolically linked the flagship 150th Celebration Garden Promenade, consisting of 25,000 tulips donated by Vasey's, near Niagara Falls.

“We feel very fortunate to have received one of these gardens,” said Mayor Ken Bennington. “The organization behind the Friendship Tulip Garden program, the Canadian Garden Council, received more than 400 applications.”

The Shelburne BIA and the Town would like to extend their thanks to Linda Armour Grant for submitting the winning Friendship Tulip Garden Application, they said.

The contest was sponsored by the Canadian Garden Council, Vasey's Bulbs, Canada Post, the National Capital Commission, the Canadian Tulip Festival, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Garden Making Magazine, Chimpanzee, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Quebec Gardens Association, and the Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition.

Once completely planted and in full bloom, Shelburne's garden will be featured on Canada's Garden Route. For more on the Garden Route, visit www.canadasgardenroute.ca.
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