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City awarded a 70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden

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October 22, 2015 - The City of Kawartha Lakes Parks, Recreation and Culture department is the recipient of a 70th anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden.

The City is one of only 140 communities across Canada to have been recognized with one of the gifts.

The Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden is in celebration of the first 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 in Ottawa during WWII.

“We feel very fortunate to have been selected as one of the garden recipients,” said Megan Phillips, Horticulturist for the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks, Recreation and Culture division.

The Canadian Garden Council, the organization behind the Friendship Tulip Garden program, received more than 400 applications. 

The garden, consisting of 700 red and white tulip bulbs, generously donated by Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI, will be planted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Lindsay at the McDonnell Park parkette at the top of the stairs on York Street adjacent to the Royal Canadian Legion.

“Veterans, school children and the public are invited to attend the planting ceremony where the story of the Dutch princess born in Ottawa during WWII and the history of the enduring friendship bond between Canada and the Netherlands will be retold so that it may live on for future generations,” said Ms. Phillips.

The City’s garden, and the other 139 gardens planted across the country, will be symbolically linked to a 70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden to be planted this fall in our nation’s capital by the National Capital Commission and showcased during the 2016 Canadian Tulip Festival.

“The City of Kawartha Lakes garden will also be featured on the 2016 edition of Canada’s Garden Route, www.canadasgardenroute.ca,” added Ms. Phillips.

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For more information please contact:

Ryan Smith, Parks & Open Spaces Supervisor
705 324-1155
rsmith@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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