Monday, July 19, 2021
We answered some reader mail Friday, which reminded us that we looked into another email a few months back – and didn't finish the job.
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.
Okay, we asked the National Capital Commission. They said:
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 May 21, 2021.
So keep that in mind for next year. Put [email protected] in your contacts. And early May in your calendar.
🌷 We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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