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Patriotic project almost ready to bloom

South Delta Garden Club has planted 1,000 special tulips to mark Canada's 150th birthday

The South Delta Garden Club is celebrating Canada's 150th birthday by planting special tulips around the community.

The club purchased 1,000 of the Canada 150 tulips, along with 200 red tulips, for the project.

"We thought this would be a fun thing to do," said club member Angelika Hedley.

One of the club's aims is to support projects in the beautification of South Delta, she added.

The club collaborated with the Business Improvement Association of Tsawwassen for the project and has plans to follow up the tulips by planting begonias, she explained.

The tulips have been planted at various locations around Tsawwassen (including the Chevron, PetroCan, White Spot and Tim Hortons at the corner of 56th Street and 12th Avenue) and Ladner (McDonald's, Mountain View Manor and Delta Secondary).

Hedley said the tulips could bloom anywhere from mid-to late April depending on the weather.

Bulbs were also given to club members for use in their own gardens.

The special tulip was unveiled last year at Commissioners Park in Ottawa.

Its "elegant white bloom with red flames bears a striking resemblance to our maple leaf flag," according to the National Capital Commission website, adding that 300,000 of them would be showcased at its gardens this spring.

Hedley said she was in the nation's capital last May where she saw the Canada 150 tulips in bloom.

"I thought, 'Wow, they're beautiful.'" She said the club, which has over 100 members, is interested in promoting gardening in South Delta and visitors are welcome to attend the group's monthly meetings.

She said no gardening experience is required to join the club.

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