The story of the tulip festival goes back to the 1940’s when the Dutch Royal Family was exiled out of the Netherlands. The family found safety and lived in Ottawa for five years before going back to the Netherlands.
As a way of expressing her gratitude for her stay in Canada, Princess Juliana sent many gifts back to the people of Canada. One gift was 100,000 tulip bulbs, with a request to plant them on the grounds of the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Juliana continued to send tulip bulbs to Canada each year until 1980.
The ]display of tulips around Ottawa generated great interest from Canadians and quickly became a tourist attraction at springtime.
Today, over 1 million tulips bloom throughout the Tulip Route, and The Canadian Tulip Festival now includes entertainment and activities for all ages during the week that the festival runs.
As flower enthusiasts at Brant Florist, we are excited that the National Tulip Festival is just around the corner. This means that local tulips will be springing up all around your town as well, providing colourful reminders that spring is finally here.
These flowers bloom in so many perfect for springtime colours, there are so many combinations you can create. Tulips are a sure way to liven up your home or office. Visit the Brant Florist Tulips page for beautiful tulip arrangements this spring!
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