Have you heard about the sesquicentennial tulip? Get them at a discount now!
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale


Art Drysdale, a life-long resident of Toronto and a horticulturist well known all across Canada, is now a resident of Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo. He has reno-vated an old home and has a new garden there. His radio gardening vignettes are heard in south-western Ontario over radio station Easy 101 FM out of Tillsonburg at 2 PM weekdays.

Art also has his own website at

July 24, 2016

The ‘Canada 150’ tulip, also known in some circles as ‘Grand Perfection’.





If news about the sesquicentennial tulip is brand new to you, you may want to look up further information about it on the Web now! I think most gardeners will agree that it is a beautiful tu-lip.

The Canada 150 tulip’s elegant white bloom with red flames bears a striking resemblance to our maple leaf flag. Blooms start out buttery yellow but mature to white with a subtle iridescence to the petals. The National Capital Commission (NCC) has partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware, exclusive retailer of this special tulip bulb, and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the Canada 150 tulip.

During the sesquicentennial celebrations in spring 2017, 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 Canada 150 tulip bulbs at participating Home Hardware stores nationwide as of September 2016, so they can enjoy the beauty of this special tulip as part of the Canada 150 celebrations in spring 2017.As the official gardener of Canada’s Capital, the NCC is responsible for designing and planting close to one million tulips of 100 varieties, in 100 flower beds, which 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 tu-lip bulbs as a postwar gift of gratitude for the role that Canadian soldiers had played in the liberation of the Netherlands.

The sale of these special bulbs has been awarded to Home Hardware stores, and you can go in-to your nearest store anywhere in the country and order yours even now. Home Hardware has not announced any pricing for the bulbs.

Although this ‘exclusive’ supposedly applies only to Home Hardware stores, I have learned that one of the well-known mailorder bulb dealers is also handling the new tulip, likely directly out of Holland. Breck’s Bulbs is currently making an offer that expires on July 31. The offer is a $35 discount off any order for $75 or more. The price of the bulbs is $16.99 for 12 bulbs; which means that 60 bulbs will be $84.95 less the $35 or $49.95 (until July 31).

The major difference is that Breck`s calls the tulip `Grand Perfection` but fear not it is exactly the same tulip. You have to know the way in which the Dutch bulb growers operate to under-stand this slight anomaly!

Here is a bit of additional information about the bulb that may be useful. They will bloom about mid-spring at a height of 45 cm (18 in.).


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