‘Friendly’ tulips bloom in Waterville
Enjoying the first flowering of Waterville’s friendship tulip garden were many of the students who planted the tulips last fall, mayor Nathalie Dupuis (center, behind students), and Marion Deboer, Judy Deboer and André Deboer at the right. The Deboer family, originally from the Netherlands, settled in Waterville four generations ago.
On Monday, a small celebration was held in Waterville to celebrate the first blooming of the town’s special tulip garden, planted just last year in the parc de la Tour d’eau. The garden was created when Waterville was chosen, along with 139 other Canadian towns, as the recipient of a tulip garden offered by the Canadian Garden Council. The free tulip bulbs were given out to highlight the 70th anniversary of the first gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canadians in appreciation of the role Canadian soldiers played in the liberation of the Netherlands and for the hospitality that Canada offered the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War.
“We have been waiting anxiously to see our friendship garden bloom. We were charmed by the planting activity, as much for the transmission of deep values of helping and friendship as for the sharing of this piece of history that is little known to younger generations. Under the eyes of Michel Roy and David Wright, two World War Two Veterans and members of the North Hatley Legion, the young students of la Passerelle planted the seven hundred bulbs given to the town for the garden,” said Waterville mayor Nathalie Dupuis.
The Waterville garden, along with the other 139 gardens across Canada, is symbolically linked to the Friendship Tulip Garden planted in Ottawa and is also registered in the 2016 edition of Canada’s Garden Route.
Waterville would like to thank all who made this initiative possible, including the Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, the National Capital Commission, and the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Seven hundred tulip bulbs were planted last fall by Waterville children in the parc de la Tour d’eau to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands to Canada.