Beu­lah United Church Sun­day school awarded a 150th Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­den

Stanstead Journal - - EDITORIAL / LETTERS / COLUMNS / COMMENT - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Beu­lah United Church Sun­day school is the lucky re­cip­i­ent of one of 150 ‘150th Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­dens’ be­ing 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 cul­ture of kind­ness and hos­pi­tal­ity, the 150th Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­den is a ter­rific way to say “Happy Birth­day” to Our Home and Na­tive Land.

When asked what she wrote in the ap­pli­ca­tion to get cho­sen from so many ap­pli­cants, Ms. Young an­swered: “I wrote that it would be great to get the kids in­volved in cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s birth­day and that it would help them to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the 150th an­niver­sary.” Pub­lic plant­ing cer­e­mony to take place

“We are very ex­cited to be a part of this,” said Sa­man­tha Young, “To be hon­oured with one of these Gar­dens is awe­some, as we un­der­stand that the Cana­dian Gar­den Coun­cil, the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind the 150th Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­den pro­gram, re­ceived more than 400 ap­pli­ca­tions. The gar­den, con­sist­ing of 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs, gen­er­ously do­nated by Ve­sey’s Bulbs of PEI, will be planted on Oc­to­ber 1, 2016 be­gin­ning at 10:00 a.m. at Beu­lah United Church, 967 Main St., Ayer's Cliff.”

Ev­ery­one, from se­niors to school chil­dren and the pub­lic, is in­vited to at­tend the plant­ing cer­e­mony as our com­mu­nity makes prepa­ra­tions to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day next year. Sym­bolic link to a Flag­ship Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­den in Ni­a­gara Falls

Our gar­den, 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.

Our gar­den will also be fea­tured on Canada’s Gar­den Route, www.canadas­gar­den­route.ca It takes a vil­lage . . .

The Beu­lah United Church Sun­day school would like to thank May Cun­ning­ton and Sa­man­tha Young for sub­mit­ting the win­ning ‘150th Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­den’ ap­pli­ca­tion as well as all those that made this heart­warm­ing pro­gram pos­si­ble: Cana­dian Gar­den Coun­cil, Ve­sey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Cana­dian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion, Ni­a­gara Parks Com­mis­sion, Gar­den Mak­ing mag­a­zine, Land­scape On­tario, On­tario Gar­den Coun­cil, Bax­ter Travel Me­dia, En­ter­prise Canada, Gar­dens BC, Québec Gar­dens’ As­so­ci­a­tion and VIA Rail Canada.

The tulips are to be planted on the church’s front lawn and along its path. Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec van Zuiden and Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid have both been in­vited to the event. Other re­cip­i­ents of spe­cial an­niver­sary tulips in the Town­ships are the town of Ayer’s Cliff, the town of Bury, the Rich­mond Le­gion, the So­ci­ete d’hor­ti­cul­ture et d’ecolo­gie de Sher­brooke, But­ler El­e­men­tary School in Bed­ford and Farn­ham El­e­men­tary School.

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