We run this same piece every year before the Tulip festival as a reminder to get your tulip bulb request in and to again enjoy the helpful emails.
Reader Anne-Marie wrote:
I remember when I was a kid after the tulip season the NCC would sell the old bulbs. Do they still do this? I was talking to one of the gardeners who works for one of the companies that the NCC hires to do the work and he said they just throw them out, which would be an incredible waste. I live across the street from a city park and it would be great to get some of the used tulip bulbs and plant them in our park.
Would love to read about this in the newsletter!
We first asked the Canadian Tulip festival. Their response?
The tulips belong to the NCC, you would have to contact them.
At the end of the blooming period, the NCC donates tulip bulbs recuperated from its gardens to non-profit organizations only, such as schools, hospitals, churches, municipalities, horticultural societies, etc. The bulbs must be for use in the property gardens of the organization. Bulbs are not available for personal use or for fundraising purposes.
Okay, so what do you do if you are a school, hospital, church, municipality, horticultural society, or an etc? We wrote again. They said.
Non-profit organizations who would have liked to receive tulip bulbs this spring could send us an official request by email, with information such as the name of the non-profit organization, the reason for the request, the contact information and the quantity of bulbs requested. This year, the deadline to send a request was ... etc etc
So, if you are a school, hospital, church, municipality, horticultural society, or an etc. and would like some bulbs, request them from the National Capital Commission now. After the Tulip festival, it's too late. This year’s Tulip festival is May 12 to 22.
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– Martha and Darren
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🪧 Federal Civil Servants Strike
Stats – Strike Edition
Number: $615. The amount of the fine when Ottawa ByLaw tickets picketers for placing tents and hot dog stands on the sidewalk. Insert your own Convoy comment here. (Josh Pringle at CTV)
Participant of the Day: Jason Komendat. The owner of bike shop and café Retro-Rides on Sparks Street has seen his sales go up 500 per cent. ‘The strike is the best thing that’s ever happened to the café’. (Catriona Koenig and Reanna Julien in the Globe & Mail)
Quote: ‘I think it's in the best interest of all Canadians that if we can work from home, that we continue to do so. It's better for the environment, it's better for our mental health and so many issues’ – Picketer Angela Bilmer.
🚊 The O Train between Hurdman and Lyon stations will be closed this weekend
🪵 Please Take the City’s Woodchips
🛻 Convoy News
🎓 Carleton University
🏒 Reynolds team may bid $1 billion for the Sens
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Andrew King, he of Ottawa Rewind, has a great four map story of whatever could be happening at Rideau Station. The 1845 map shows the land where Rideau Station was built was then a giant swamp. Later, a sluice was built ‘under Rideau Street, through the ByWard Market, and then along what is now King Edward Street, emptying in the Rideau River’ to drain the swamp and excess canal water. In 1872 the sluice was covered up and forgotten. In the 2000s, an O Train station was built there.
We will see you Monday – Martha and Darren
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