Tulips for 2013

The DCA is fortunate in having good relations with the two Business Improvement Areas (BIA's) in our catchement area. Working with both, we partnered to improve the appearance of our mainstreets in 2013 by planting thousands of tulip bulbs on Somerset Street and Preston Street.

The partnership consisted of the BIA's paying for the tulips, and community members planting them.

It is not always easy to find suitable spots where large clumps of tulips can be planted, but we were successful this year in getting about 2000 bulbs placed. In the pic below are some of the  bulbs (90 per bag) for Preston.

To keep our good lines of communication open, and for future projects, here is the letter sent by the DCA to the Chinatown BIA. A similar letter went to Preston BIA.


755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6R1
Eric Darwin, VP

5 Oct 2012

Grace Xuexin
Chinatown / Somerset BIA

Dear Grace

On behalf of the Dalhousie Community Association I want to extend to you our thanks for your recent purchase of tulip bulbs for Somerset Street.

This is a great partnership: you have the funds, we have the labour. Together, we are making for a better main street focus for our community and visitors.

Next May, when the Tulip Festival is in full swing, Somerset will look glorious with several large masses of blooms.

Eric Darwin