Picking up from where I left off yesterday, I continued along the pathway.
I'll be back here on Monday. These beds will probably look different then.
These ones caught my eye. As well as another member of the Tulip Paparazzi.
I decided I'd take some closeups.
There are a series of panels on the background of the festival at one of the flowerbeds. The Tulip Festival is a legacy of the Second World War, born out of the bond between Canadians and Dutch people that sprang up out of the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi Germany. The Dutch royals and the people sent tulips in thanks, and have done so since. The idea of a festival rose up out of that just a few years later.
The panels examine the hardships of life under occupation in the Netherlands.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands set up operations in Britain at the time, but sent her daughter and heir Juliana to Ottawa with her daughters. The family lived here during the war. I'll have more of the panels in coming posts.