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Cochrane history: Winning a contest for a tulip garden marking 50 years since WWII

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Back to 1995 for today’s Cochrane history segment, for one you could call a Dutch treat.

The September 30th issue of the Cochrane Times had the story about the town being the winner of one of two-hundred Dutch Tulip Celebration Gardens.  It marked the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two, and the strong relationship it forged between Canada and The Netherlands.

Cochrane Public Library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore reads from the article:

“’My mother spotted the contest in an issue of Canadian Living Magazine in July,’ explained Stephanie Wright, tourism coordinator for the Cochrane Development Corporation. ‘She pointed it out to me, suggesting we enter it.’”

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Wright had to submit a 200-words-or-less essay, dealing with the connection between Canada and the Netherlands, and how planting the garden would celebrate peace and the friendship between the two countries.

Proulx-Chedore picks up the story again:

“The plans are to plant the garden at the corner of Highway 11, kitty-corner to Chimo the Bear, in front of a row of existing shrubbery.”

There are thousands and thousands of Cochrane history tidbits in the archives at the library.

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