This Saturday, the Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court will see an enormous one-day-installation of 10,000 red and white tulips. The flowers will be arranged in the shape of a red heart surrounded by white, forming an awe-inspiring floral tapestry. There will be plenty of photos ops as well, with a tulip selfie stand, photo frames, and the opportunity to take pictures with Tilly, the tulip mascot.
Other pre-cut tulips will also be available (by donation to Variety – the Children’s Charity). and all tulips may be wrapped on site for easy transport. As well, visitors will be invited to enter a draw to win tickets to the 2019 Chilliwack Tulip Festival, taking place in April.
The installation may be viewed from all three levels of the mall, from 10am to 1pm. From 1pm to 1:30pm, children supported by Variety – the Children’s Charity, will be invited to pick tulips. After 1:30pm, the public will be invited to take their pick of the tulips to bring home, with a minimum donation of only $5 for five tulips. The event will continue until all of the 10,000 tulips have been picked.
All proceeds will go to Variety – the Children’s Charity, a favourite cause of Kate Onos-Gilbert, co-founder of Tulips of the Valley. Variety – the Children’s Charity has been providing direct help to B.C. children with special needs for more than 50 years.
“Both Variety and tulips are close to my heart,” says Onos-Gilbert. “This event perfectly pairs both the charity and the flower in a one-day event for a very worthy cause. I hope people ‘heart’ it!”