Canada Tulip – Presented in Ottawa, May 2016 A new tulip, bred to resemble the Canadian flag to commemorate the upcoming 2017 celebrations, Canada’s official birthday tulip.
The “Canada 150 tulips” is in bloom across at the Blue Heron Trailer Park this spring.
The tulip represents gratitude and the long-standing friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. Blooming in the colours of Canada’s flag, Canada 150 tulips will bring both pride and joy to gardens and communities from coast to coast to coast,” said His Excellency Cees Kole, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in a news release.
If you recall your high school history class, with why the Netherlands is so grateful to Canada, we certainly have an interesting story. For one, Canadian soldiers liberated Holland in the Second World War, freeing the country from the grips of Nazi rule–so there’s that. But before any of that happened, when the Germans originally invaded the Netherlands, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard were forced to flee to Ottawa to escape the conflict. Juliana later gave birth to her daughter Margriet inside the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1943, after Canada’s federal government declared the maternity ward extraterritorial so that the birth could still technically take place in The Netherlands.
Needless to say, they haven’t forgotten what we did for them.