The Splendour of Tulips at the Casino du Lac-Leamy

As you know, Travel and Transitions dedicates itself to building bridges between people from different places and to fostering greater cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. So the notion of building peace through a joint love of flowers is intriguing to me and I was happy to see that this year Ottawa was chosen as the location for the international conference of the World Flower Council.

The programming form May 18 to May 22 features exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops with 300 delegates from over 30 countries. The World Flower Summit encompasses a variety of ceremonies and presentations by flower designers from different countries. A variety of flower conception workshops advance the craft of floral design and at the Casino du Lac Leamy flowers are the key attraction during the Tulip Festival.

Beautiful decorations in the Hilton Hotel

A Tulip Tour of the World includes 100,000 tulips in 16 exotic varieties, named after destinations in 11 countries. The gardens at the Casino du Lac-Leamy are the second largest of the Festival’s tulip gardens, after Dows Lake. A schedule of flower related events called the Tulip Explosion ( May 4 to 22, 2006) is sure to entertain every flower enthusiast.

The festival offers flower and design shows, with scores of activities including live paintings, exhibitions, competitions, and a dazzling assortment of floral creations by master and student florists. This weekend the Tulip Explosion culminates with the XXIII Annual World Flower Council Summit (May 18 to 22).

In addition to the dazzling outdoor display of tulips, the Casino also features giant tulips with a height of about 7 meters indoors. Throughout the entire month of May the Casino du Lac-Leamy has been turned into a center for floral displays. In addition, special dress designs are being featured in the walkways between the Casino and the Hilton Hotel.

I took my time to explore the floral beauties outside the Casino and as well as the decorative displays inside the Casino and the interconnecting walkways to the hotel which featured a variety of beautiful exhibits created by talented designers. The Casino du Lac-Leamy offered a great opportunity for a hobby photographer like me to try to capture the beauty of the world of flowers.

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