Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 3
June 2007
 
From the Garden
 

Canadian Tulip Festival


The Canadian Parliament Buildings during the 55th annual Canadian Tulip Festival.


The 55th annual Canadian Tulip Festival provided a spectacular display of blooms in Ottawa, Ontario, recently. Our web photographer, Sean McHaffie, had the opportunity (along with over a half-million other visitors) to browse the endless tulip beds and snap these photos.

The festival, which is the largest of its kind in the world, pays tribute to Queen Juliana (1909-2004) of the Netherlands. In the fall of 1945, she presented 100,000 tulip bulbs to the national capital, in recognition of Canadian troops' contributions to the liberation of her country during the Second World War. The tulips were also given in appreciation, as members of Holland's exiled royal family were able to seek refuge in Ottawa during the conflict.

The festival celebrates the tulip as a symbol of peace and friendship.


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