Take your best shot at tulips at White Chapel Memorial Park

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 19, 2015

 The bulbs of these tulips are taken out when the flowers are done blooming and are made available to the public.

The bulbs of these tulips are taken out when the flowers are done blooming and are made available to the public.

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Want a chance to see and photograph thousands of tulips without driving or flying to Holland — Michigan or the Netherlands?

An array of tulips are blooming at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. Over 51,000 tulips imported from Holland, Netherlands, were planted fresh this year.

David R. Krall, vice president of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, said the tulips are replanted each year.

“It’s quite labor-intensive,” he said. “We want to have a beautiful park.”

“It’s one of the best kept secrets,” he added. “They’re here for the entire community to enjoy.”

This year’s starring blooms include Giant Orange Sunset, the largest tulip bloom in existence; Sky High Scarlet, a tall, red, late-blooming tulip; and Ballerina, a bright orange, very fragrant bloom.

He explained that a guide to the different varieties of tulips and where they are located may be downloaded online from www.whitechapelcemetery.com.

He noted that the bulbs are removed when they are done blooming, and they’re available for free to the community.

“Regulars come for them each year,” he said.

White Chapel is also sponsoring the fifth annual Tulip Festival Photography Contest through May 31. Photos must be taken in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery tulip gardens. The photos may include people, and should be uploaded to the website.

“It’s really tough to judge after the contest is closed,” Krall said. “We’re pleased with what we’re receiving. It’s always fun to see the new, imaginative photos.”

David P. Krall, president of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, noted that the founders of the cemetery adhered to the idea of creating a place “where memory lives in beauty. The tulips go along with that.”

The first-place prize in the photo contest will be a $500 Visa or American Express gift card and a $500 White Chapel credit voucher. The second-place prize will be a $200 Visa or American Express gift card and a $200 White Chapel credit voucher. The third-place prize will be a $100 Visa or American Express gift card and a $100 White Chapel credit voucher.

For people who go to shoot the blooms, C & G Newspapers Photo Editor Edward Osinski offers these tips: If you photograph  children, have them looking at or touching the flowers, and consider going in the early morning to capture dramatic lighting so the flowers are backlit.

See the tulips from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Road.

Call (248) 362-7670 for information on bulbs or the display.

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