‘Friendly’ tulips bloom in Water­ville

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, 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.

photo cour­tesy Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Water­ville

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.

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