Cold weather lengthens tulip season

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A quilt of tulips covers the land in Waterside as part of the P.E.I. Tulip Festival and the testing fields for Vanco Farms. The site is a real head turner for visitors like Denis Halliday of Belfast, who was photographed while snapping his own photographs recently.

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STRATFORD – Cool weather during the past month has been good news for the Points East U-pick tulip field here.

Tulip festival organizer Doug Deacon said unseasonably low temperatures, including snow flurries this past weekend, have prolonged the season and delayed the peak bloom for two weeks compared to last year.

"The cool wet weather that we have been having means that later tulip varieties will be in full bloom at the end of May, which prolongs the season for us here in the east,” said Deacon.

The tulip field, which is the largest public garden display of the flower in Atlantic Canada, will be open until the end of May as a result of the weather.

The garden operation is also selling a dozen varieties of U-pick tulips until the end of the month.

The Tulip Trail and Festival are part of a beautification program created by the Island East Tourism Group aimed at attracting visitors to eastern P.E.I.

Organizers said they’re pleased with the U-pick tulip endeavour, which is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

 “We have been very pleased with the results of our efforts on this project so far,” said Deacon, who is also chair of the tourism operators association. “The phones are ringing and our accommodations operators have been receiving guests in May who are coming to P.E.I. to see the tulips.”

More than five thousand tourists have seen the massive display of blooming tulips since it opened on May 10. Those include individuals from areas such as Holland, England, Japan, China, Germany, as well as all Canadian provinces.

Organizations: Island East Tourism Group

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Points East U, Eastern P.E.I. Holland England Japan China Germany

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