An Invitation to Schools

Elementary Schools are invited to participate in our  NEW School Tulip Education Program.

School Friendship Tulip Garden Initiative

The Canadian Tulip Festival, in collaboration with Vesey’s Bulbs, is pleased to offer schools in the National Capital Region an opportunity to plant a special tulip garden as part of a new school tulip educational initiative.  One hundred World Friendship Tulip Gardens comprising 50 bulbs are being gifted to local schools. 

Students will learn about planting and growing tulip bulbs as well as finding out the history of the tulip as a symbol of world friendship and peace and the history of the Canadian Tulip Festival which commemorates the historic Royal gift of tulips  from the Dutch to Canadians as a symbol of international friendship and preserves the legacy of the liberation of Europe by Canadian troops and the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in North America – paying tribute to our Canadian veterans and servicemen.

Students from schools taking part in the initiative will also have the opportunity to to  do origami and wooden tulip arts & craft project, review workbook resources and  paint a 5’ fiberglass tulip reflecting their unique ideas about tulip culture, world friendship and peace (for display at the 2018 World Of Tulips edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival next May.) Every Soiree ticket sold will help local students experience this wonderful initiative.

Leslie McLeod, Principal of Briargreen Public School, whose Grade 5 students participated in a commemorative planting ceremony at Commissioners Park applauds the Festival’s education initiative: We are very excited to be a part of the Tulip Festival, especially as this year’s theme reflects Canada’s strong ties to countries around the world. This provides our students with an opportunity to learn about the role that the tulip has played in Canada’s history and the important friendships that tulips have helped to foster. This opportunity will enhance our grade 5-6 Social Studies curriculum which looks at the role of government and Canada’s connections to the world”.

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