The Sooke Children’s Garden Club is the recipient of a 150th Celebration Garden distributed by the Canadian Garden Council to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.
Containing 1,000 tulip bulbs, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of our national ethos of kindness and hospitality, the 150th Celebration Garden is a way to say “Happy Birthday” to Canada.
The garden, planted Nov. 12, consists of 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs, donated by Vesey’s Bulbs of P.E.I.
Hardy club members, volunteers, parents, grandparents and one District of Sooke councillor braved the weather to help plant the tulips at the Sooke Region Museum.
“We feel very fortunate to have received one of these gardens,” said Anne Boquist, a Sooke Children’s Garden Club volunteer.
The Canadian Garden Council’s 150th Celebration Garden program received more than 400 applications, only 150 gardens were allotted.
Symbolic link to a Flagship Celebration Garden in Niagara Falls, the Community EcoGarden, and the other 149 gardens planted across the country, will be symbolically linked to a 150th Celebration Garden Promenade, consisting of 25,000 tulips to be planted this fall and bloom next spring near Niagara Falls.
The Community EcoGarden will also be featured on Canada’s Garden Route.