Stayner Collegiate Institute Awarded a “Happy Birthday Canada” 150th Celebration Garden
Stayner Collegiate Institute 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 1000 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 Birthday” to Our Home and Native Land.
“We feel very fortunate,” said Janice Ellerby, Principal of SCI, “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 Bulbs of PEI, will be planted on Wednesday November 2, 2016 at Stayner Collegiate Institute between 10 am and 1 pm by our own students and Grade 8 students from across Clearview Township. They are attending a special Spartans in Training orientation day at SCI as they get ready to make the move to high school next year.”
“If you have time to come by the school on Wednesday, you are most welcome to join the Grade 8’s in the planting as our community makes preparations to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year,” according to Janice McLeod the organizer of the Spartans in Training Day.
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 at www.canadasgardenroute.ca
Stayner Collegiate Institute would like to thank 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, Quebec Gardens’ Association and VIA Rail Canada