Beulah United Church Sunday school awarded a 150th Celebration Garden
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.