Assiginack Horticultural Society Awarded a
“Happy Birthday Canada” 150th Celebration Garden
Manitowaning, Ontario, September 29th, 2016 Assiginack Horticultural Society is the lucky recipient of one of 150, “150th Celebration Gardens” being distributed across Canada – by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI – in celebration of 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 terrific way to say “Happy Birth” to Our Home and Native Land.
“We feel very fortunate,” said May Mervyn, Co-President of the Assiginack Horticultural Society, to have received one of these Gardens as we understand that the Canadian Garden Council, the organization behind the 150th Celebration Garden program, received more than 400 applications. The garden, consisting of 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs, generously donated by Vesey’s Builds of PEI.
The Public Planting Ceremony will take place on October 14th, at 2:00pm in front of the Assiginack Public Library. Everyone, from seniors to school children and the public, is invited to attend the planting ceremony as our community makes preparations to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year.
Our garden, and the other 149 gardens planted across the country, will be symbolically linked to a Flagship 150th Celebration Garden Promenade, consisting of 25,000 tulips also donated by Vesey’s, to be planted this fall and bloom next spring adjacent to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world, and one of Canada’s largest gateways for visitors to our country. Our garden will also be featured on Canada’s Garden Route: www.canadasgardenroute.ca
The Assiginack Horticultural Society would like to thank society member Alison Greenhill for submitting the winning “150th Celebration Garden” application as well as all those that made this heartwarming program possible: Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Niagara Parks Commission, GardenMaking magazine, Landscape Ontario, Ontario Garden Council, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Québec Gardens’ Association and VIA Rail Canada.