‘Canada 150’ is a very special tulip

May 16, 2016
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May 16, 2016, Ottawa – The Canada 150 tulip, the official tulip of Canada's 150th anniversary, has been unveiled in Commissioners Park.

More than 200,000 Canada 150 tulips are blooming across the National Capital Region this spring.

The Canada 150 tulip is white with red flames and bears a striking resemblance to our Maple Leaf flag. The National Capital Commission (NCC) has partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware, exclusive retailer of the tulip bulb, and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the Canada 150 tulip.

During sesquicentennial celebrations in spring 2017, some 300,000 Canada 150 tulips will be showcased in the NCC's flower beds, and thousands more will bloom in community gardens across Canada.


The public can purchase the Canada 150 tulip bulb at participating Home Hardware stores nationwide, as of September 2016, so they can enjoy their beauty during Canada 150 celebrations in spring 2017.

As the official gardener of Canada's Capital, the NCC is responsible for designing and planting the close to one million tulips, in 100 varieties dispersed in 100 flower beds, that brighten the region in springtime.

The most spectacular display of tulips is in Commissioners Park, by Dows Lake where 250,000 tulips, of 60 different varieties, bloom in the park's 30 flower beds.


The first tulip beds in the Capital were planted in 1945, when the Netherlands sent 100,000 tulip bulbs as a postwar gift in gratitude for the role that Canadian soldiers had played in the liberation of the Netherlands.

“Tulips are a symbol of springtime, rebirth and promises, which make them a powerful symbol in the lead up to the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday," said MP David McGuinty, representing Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

“The tulip represents the longstanding friendship and gratitude between Canada and the Netherlands. Blooming in the colours of Canada's flag, Canada 150 tulips will bring both pride and joy to gardens and communities from coast to coast,” added Cees Kole, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Home Hardware is the exclusive retailer of the Canada 150 tulip bulb.


+1 #56 Kathy 2017-05-25 09:38
I bought a package of 25 at Home Hardware. All bloomed, some had more than one bloom, and all in correct color.
+1 #55 Kathy 2017-05-25 09:24
I bought a carton of 25 at Home Hardware - gave 10 to neighbours and kept 15 for myself. All of them have grown and color is true to expectations. I have had about 20 flowers from my 15.
+1 #54 Cynthia Sawchuk 2017-05-24 20:13
I bought a 100ct box, counted my box upon arrival and got 97. I split this box with my sister in law. Not one of my 47 bulbs came up this year.... my dad is born and raised in the Netherlands, he is 84... and we are both sad that we haven't seen one break ground...
0 #53 Brian Legault 2017-05-18 14:17
susan moore

You can e-mail if you have issues with the tulips. Please include pictures and what size box you bought with your e-mail.
0 #52 susan moore 2017-05-18 11:02
We were given 25 150th Anniversary Commemorative Bulbs as a Xmas gift which we planted in our garden last fall. We patiently waited this spring for their arrival. What disappointment that not only were they NOT the 150th, but they were a pale yellow with a little fine red stripe in them. So disappointed and others have been getting orange tulips. Is there any compensation for this? I think Holland took us for a ride! I think that it is wonderful that Holland donates tulip in memory of those brave Canadian soldiers killed during the war, as my father was one of them, Hope the ones in Ottawa are successful. Susan
0 #51 Margaret 2017-05-15 09:38
Mine are all in full bloom right now and counting the heads I seem to have had almost a 100% success. I just have two that came out really tiny and have double petals in deep pink. I guess they were refugees that snook into the box when nobody was looking, lol.
0 #50 Reta Rowsell 2017-05-05 14:10
I planted these bulbs in the fall, the leaves have grown, they are quite tall, but I do not see any sign of a flower, are they late bloomers or are they not going to bloom, I don't have blooms on any of the plants.
-2 #49 Debbie Street 2017-04-25 10:54
Live in Port Colborne ont. Where can I buy the tulips bulbs. Thanks
+1 #48 Denise Parkes 2017-02-27 12:40
I live in UK. Is there any supplier here. Could I order any for relations in Orrilia.
0 #47 Paul Paulson 2017-02-21 06:36
Quoting Liz:
Please tell me how to plant the bulbs - I live in Kanata Ontario

Quoting Liz:
Please tell me how to plant the bulbs - I live in Kanata Ontario

You put them in the ground!

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