CAN: Millions of tulips in bloom on Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is looking a little like Holland this spring, with millions of bulbs and acres of tulips all tucked away in one rural community.

Vanco Farms grow bulbs that will eventually become the tulips sold at Atlantic Superstores in the Maritimes, as well as independent flower shops across the region, from January to May. The ones in the fields of Dromore, P.E.I., aren’t cut to send to stores but to grow more tulips.

“This is where the bulbs for next greenhouse season are growing,” said tulip farmer Bas Arendse. “That’s a very important part of what we do.” Many Island florists say you can’t beat the quality of the locally-grown tulips due to the flowers themselves and the short distance to them.

Vanco Farms is the biggest tulip farm east of Quebec and is a source of pride for the farmers and Island florists.


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