From my small garden tulip surprise off to Holland and over to Ottawa is the thoughts behind this mornings blog post.
These our my checkerboard Tulips
I’m not sure these checkerboard tulips have a history as amazing as the tulips we share in PEI or the millions of tulips that Ottawa receives from Holland each year but they are amazing looking.
I’m going to feature Brenda’s blog this morning as she visited PEI not long ago and shared her photos of our Tulip Festival that we have here on PEI. So here is Brenda from Gardeningbren In Nova Scotia.
I love my little Island and the fact that Prince Edward Island shares something in common besides politics with my home town of Ottawa was a reminder of home this past week.
I have another surprise this week, in our bed and breakfast we have Tamara staying with us from The Netherlands and she has shared stories of her home in ours. This being the month of May a great deal of our conversations have been over the tulips of Ottawa and the lovely display of tulips Prince Edward Island has this year as well.
I took an arm chair travel to Wikepedia this am to get you a little more information on the Canadian Tulip Festival.
The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.
The festival begins
In the years following Queen Juliana’s original donation, Ottawa became famous for its tulips and in 1953 the Ottawa Board of Trade and photographer Malak Karsh organized the first “Canadian Tulip Festival”. Queen Juliana returned to celebrate the festival in 1967, and Princess Margriet returned in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed our little trip down memory lane and all the tulips and friends from PEI to Nova Scotia and Holland. Thank you Tamara and Brenda for being part of my tulip story this am.
Enjoy your week my friends, Cindy
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