Canada 150 tulips are blooming in Edmonton

Red and white Canada 150 tulips are blooming in 73 flower beds in neighbourhoods across Edmonton.
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As Canada celebrates its 150th year as a country, Edmontonians are being told to keep their eyes on the city’s flower beds. Specially bred red-and-white Canada 150 tulips are now popping up across the city just in time for this summer’s anniversary festivities.

Last fall, Edmonton joined other municipalities across the country in planting the special bulbs to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Amber Brant, Edmonton’s community greening co-ordinator, said the city planted approximately 30,000 Canada 150 tulip bulbs across the city. She said the tulips can be found in 73 neighbourhood garden beds.

Reports from gardeners across the country say that the bulbs, specially bred in the Netherlands for Canada 150, aren’t exclusively blooming red and white. Some of the bulbs have bloomed in hues of red and orange or orange and yellow. Brant says the majority of Canada 150 tulips in Edmonton have the correct colour pattern.

The patriotic tulips can be located by using the City of Edmonton’s Canada 150 tulip map. It features locations and photos of the tulip beds across the city and can be accessed on the city’s website.

The City of Edmonton is inviting people to snap a selfie with the flowers and post it on social media using the tag #YEGParks. The Canada 150 tulips will also be featured during the Edmonton in Bloom scavenger hunt. Residents can take part in the hunt by following YegParks on Facebook and Twitter.

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