A special mountain-themed display of 1400 Maple Leaf Tulips in honour of Canada's Sesquicentennial celebrations.
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
The Wildsight Community EcoGarden is the lucky recipient of one of a hundred and fifty, ‘150th Celebration Gardens’ distributed across Canada – by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI – in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. Containing 1000 tulip bulbs, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of our national ethos of kindness and hospitality, the 150th Celebration Garden is a terrific way to say “Happy Birthday” to Our Home and Native Land.
The garden, consisting of 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs, generously donated by Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI, was planted on 26 October, 2016 at 10am in the Community EcoGarden in Prentice Park. Dozens of people from all sectors of the community came along to help plant the bulbs and be part of this beautiful tribute. To complete the very special mountain-themed design, a further 400 bulbs were purchased by the EcoGarden, bring the total planted to 1400.
“We feel very fortunate to have received one of these Gardens.” said Dawn Deydey, Wildsight EcoGarden Founder,“ The Canadian Garden Council’s 150th Celebration Garden program received more than 400 applications.
NB: Due to Fernie's cold climate, flowers bloom much later in spring than in other parts of the country and province. The tulips are now in full bloom as of May 24th, 2017 - plan to see them before the end of May!
Symbolic link to a Flagship Celebration Garden in Niagara Falls:
The EcoGarden, and the other 149 gardens planted across the country, will be symbolically linked to a Flagship 150th Celebration Garden Promenade, consisting of 25,000 tulips also donated by Vesey’s, to be planted this fall and bloom next spring adjacent to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world, and one of Canada’s largest gateways for visitors to our country.
The Community EcoGarden will also be featured on Canada’s Garden Route, www.canadasgardenroute.ca
The Wildsight Elk Valley Branch would like to thank Jean Marchi and Brian Gray for their continued commitment in planning and preparing the garden, and Valley View Contracting for their support in developing the garden space.
This heartwarming program was made possible by: Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Niagara Parks Commission, GardenMaking magazine, Landscape Ontario, Ontario Garden Council, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Québec Gardens’ Association and VIA Rail Canada.