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Tulip festival 2013

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Tulip festival 2013

Hi,

I'm planning our trip to Ottawa for Victoria Day long weekend and also want to see tulip festival (I want to see tulips for many years now and always was something that prevented :(). I noticed that this year it ends on May 13, which means a week before Victoria Day week end. Does anybody know if tulips still be blooming or are they taken out when festival ends?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Tulip festival 2013

They keep the tulips in, it makes the city pretty beautiful all summer long...

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Tulip bulbs stay in the ground all year - even when they've stopped blooming. The tulip beds in Ottawa are comprised of early, mid and late blooming bulbs, so the "show" usually goes on after the festival has ended. And of course,much of the bloom time is dependent on the weather. Keep an eye on the website - it usually tracks how the blooming is going.

http://tulipfestival.ca/

Edited: 20 January 2013, 22:45
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phpr is right, it depends on the bulb. It also depends on the weather...tulips need a warm spring (not hot) and rain but not too much before they bloom...I've lived here over 20 years and seen them bloom early May and be approaching their end at the festival time and vice versa, not a great show if it's a cool spring and they bloom a little later. I'm sure you'll get to see some on the long weekend so enjoy!

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The tulips bloom until they stop blooming. Over the summer, half of the million tulips are removed and composted and new bulbs are planted in the fall. Which is why the displays change from year to year.

The NCC`s task of designing, planting and caring for the tulip beds is a separate activity from the tulip festival, which has changed (and shrunk) dramatically as government funding has decreased.

Irrespective of when the tulip festival takes place, the NCC, weather permitting, will be endeavouring to ensure there are masses of tulips blooming on the long weekend.

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What you see will depend on the weather. Our festivals (tulip or winterlude) depend on our wonderful Canadian weather-so unpredictable. The tulips are planted to stagger blooming over 2-3 + weeks. Hopefully you will find some lovely blooms.

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The tulips might not be at their peak by Victoria Day but there will be lots. The tulips were a gift from the Dutch people for protecting their royal family (a Dutch princess was born at the civic hospital) and for liberating Holland. The flowers came long before the festival and will remain long after v

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Does anyone have an update on the Tulips bloom this year? Thinking of heading to Ottawa 20 May, but unsure if Tulips would be in bloom or not.

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The Tulips are just coming out of the ground and you will be coming at a good time and be at the peak period good luck ... make sure you bring your camera and Dow's lake is the best location

Edited: 01 May 2013, 18:02
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You can keep track by looking at the Tulip Meter on the festival website:

http://tulipfestival.ca/

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Update to Tulips:

The warm weather in Ottawa this week has made a dramatic change to the tulips at Dows Lake. The earliest beds that were only showing green buds on Tuesday are showing colour and even opening today (Thursday). Good news for those visiting this weekend. There are also lots of later beds that will be blooming for mid May. Planters with tulips have been installed along main commercial streets - Preston street, Bank St. in the Glebe to name a few.

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