Talk about a garden party! The Canadian Tulip Festival starts today. For 11 days, four Ottawa locations are hosting one of the biggest tulip celebrations in the world:
Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – The Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience
This venue features over 10,000 tulips in bloom, more than 200 floral, art and photography exhibits, an artisan marketplace, dozens of performers on stage, plus family programming and crafts created by local school children.
ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – The Urban Tulip Experience
This spot showcases stylized tulips by pop-artist Bex, creator of the festival’s One Tulip One Canada flag icon. You’ll find tons of “urban tulip” photo opportunities.
Tulips on the Garden Promenade – The City Tulip Tour Experience
Ottawa and Gatineau’s best tulip displays are connected with a host of escorted and self-guided tour opportunities.
Commissioners Park, at Dow’s Lake
You’ll find Canada’s most renowned tulip garden display here.
Festival highlights include:
Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery, featuring an exhibit of Malak Karsh’s iconic tulip photos along with 65 juried artist photos, a 65-bouquet floral exposition and a 65-tulip artworks display.
Tulip Wow artistic installations created by floral and landscape designers.
Friendship Village, an international marketplace and outdoor stage.
Young Talent Showcase featuring emerging Ottawa-area singers and musicians.
Family Tulip Park with Canada Children’s Tulip Garden, featuring a wooden tulip installation that has been hand-painted by local children. There are opportunities for kids and families to add to the installation.
Tulip Café, open daily with food, cocktails and Canadian wine, craft beer and tulip cookies provided by local suppliers.
Odawa 150, an Algonquin Nation living history exhibit, featuring curated displays and live animation, a birch bark wigwam, baskets, hides, tools and live birch bark crafts.
Mother’s Day Brunch in the Aberdeen Pavilion with proceeds going to the Bruyère Foundation.
Vintage car parade along the Garden Promenade from Lansdowne Park, past Dow’s Lake Pavilion to the Experimental Farm with a show before and after at Lansdowne Park.
Victory Encampment, with vehicles and personnel in period uniforms on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park.
Local ensembles and high school bands performing at Commissioners Park, Dow’s Lake
Ticket information for all events can be found at www.tulipfestival.ca.