The Canada Tulip Friendship Network is a 65th Anniversary initiative of The Canadian Tulip Festival that connects communities, gardens, industry partners and events across the country through the TULIP, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of Canada’s national ethos of kindness and hospitality.

To launch this new Tulip Friendship Network, the Festival in collaboration with the Canadian Garden Council, as agreed to feature all the recipients of the 70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden distributed in the fall of 2015 as well as the recipients of the 150th Tulip celebration Gardens distributed in the fall of 2016.

To do so, the Canadian Tulip Festival will create a display as part of the Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery, one of the Festival’s 4 official sites, which will feature a large map of Canada and list all of these very special tulip gardens as well as position their location on the Canada Map.

This map will also integrate two screens where photos and/or videos provided by the gardens will be able to be presented.

We hope you will interact with this program and help us demonstrate that gardens do not just contribute to the quality of our environment and community but they are also a symbol of whom we are as Canadian. Our commitment is to grow this Tulip Friendship Network on an annual basis.


70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden  

In 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the first gift of Dutch tulips bulbs to Canadians, as a symbol of appreciation for the role Canadian soldiers played in the liberation of the Netherlands and the hospitality Canada provided to the Dutch Royal Family in Ottawa during the War, the Canadian Garden Council, in collaboration with Veseys’s Bulbs the Canadian Tulip Festival, Communities in Bloom and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association celebrated this anniversary with the creation of a nationwide program that distributed 70 Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Gardens across all of Canada.

150th Tulip Celebration Garden

In Fall 2016, in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI and the Canadian Garden Council gifted 150 communities across Canada with 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to create their own 150th Celebration Garden. These gardens not only contribute to the beautification of our communities but say “Happy Birthday CANADA” from coast to coast and are a symbol of the role that gardens played in the development of Canada as well as a representation of whom we are.

Tulip Festivals

Tulip Valley Tulip festival 


  • Vesey Bulbs of PEI
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Garden Council
  • Communities in Bloom
  • CNLA
  • Landscape Ontario

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