The Wildsight Community EcoGarden in Fernie was the lucky recipient of one of a hundred and fifty, ‘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 1400 tulip bulbs, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring symbol of our national ethos of kindness and hospitality, the Eco Garden, with the assistance of many dedicated volunteers tilled, dug, designed and planted the little bulbs into a beautiful garden depicting our local mountains and landscape.
Last week, the tulips were all finally in bloom at the same time so we invite you to come on down (quickly) to the EcoGarden in Prentice Park and see what all the blooming fuss is about!
To acknowledge this special event in Canadian history local artists Laura Nelson and Lesley Graham, with assistance by Dawn Deydey and Jean Marchi, created an amazing art installation to be the backdrop for the special tulips. The numbers ‘1,5,0’ are flanked by maple leafs and all of the pieces are connected by a string of 150 individual maple leafs. The leafs all have amazing messages on them by our youth, seniors, LGBTQ community, residents, Rotary Club, City staff and council, Library patrons and basically everyone we saw on the street. Please make sure to take the time to peruse the leafs and get a snapshot of how Canada is perceived and loved by its citizens.
We would like to thank the many sponsors for making this happen! East Kootenay Credit Union, Valley View Contracting and the Columbia Basin Trust were very supportive of this initiative and of course, the Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post and Niagara Parks.