Tulips in 30 varieties imported from the Netherlands bloom on the grounds of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

Tulips in 30 varieties imported from the Netherlands bloom on the grounds of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Tulips dazzle in White Chapel Memorial Park

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 8, 2018

 These yellow tulips bloom on the grounds of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

These yellow tulips bloom on the grounds of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Snap a photo of the tulips at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through May 20 for a chance to win prizes.

Snap a photo of the tulips at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through May 20 for a chance to win prizes.

Photo by Deb Jacques

TROY — See the bounty of spring and some 50,000 tulips petaling into the warmer weather without driving to Holland, Michigan. 

Last fall, grounds crews planted over 50,000 tulips in 30 varieties imported from the Netherlands on the grounds of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

Look all you like for free. 

“We’ve been doing it for a long time,” said  David R. Krall, vice president of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. “I saw an old newspaper from the 1930s talking about hundreds and thousands of tulips planted.” 

He said the best time to take photos of the tulips is in the morning or late afternoon, and an overcast day is best. 

“I think it’s a great community outreach,” he said. “Everybody come out and enjoy the tulips. They’re for everybody’s enjoyment.” 

“I like to see the kids come in,” said David P. Krall, president of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Visitors can expect to see some of the following varieties of tulips on display:

• Hot pink Barcelona. 

• Yellow and red La Courtine.

• Double pink Capetown. 

• Red impression. 

• Orange emperor. 

• White triumphator.

White Chapel is sponsoring a photo contest through May 20, with prizes for winners. This is the eighth year of the photo contest, which includes a category for selfies.

Visit whitechapelcemetery.com for a complete list of photo contest details. 

People can see the blooms at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

C & G Newspapers Photo Editor Edward Osinski said backlighting, with the sun behind the tulips, helps in taking good photos. 

“Tulips are translucent,” he said. “Backlighting really brings out the colors.” 

White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 621 W. Long Lake Road, just west of Interstate 75.