Tulips burst in bloom

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 13, 2014

 The bulbs from these tulips, imported from the Netherlands, are donated to the community next month when they are done blooming at White Chapel.

The bulbs from these tulips, imported from the Netherlands, are donated to the community next month when they are done blooming at White Chapel.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Ready for a true taste of spring?

Take a walk or drive through White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, where over 36,000 tulips imported from Holland, Michigan, have been planted on the grounds.

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

• Giant orange sunset — the largest tulip in existence.

• Sky high scarlet — a tall, red, late-blooming tulip.

• Ballerina — a bright orange and very fragrant bloom.

David R. Krall, vice president of White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, said the tulip bulbs, planted in late fall, have been a tradition at White Chapel since it was established in the 1920s.

“It’s one of metro Detroit’s best kept secrets. You don’t need to drive to Holland to see over 36,000 tulips,” Krall said.

He said that new tulip bulbs are planted each year to enhance the variety of flowers. Other varieties of flowers are planted in the beds to bloom in summer.

“We want to have the best show we possibly can,” he said. “It’s always a different show.”

David P. Krall, president of White Chapel, said that after the blooms fade, the community is welcome to take the tulip bulbs.   “We think it’s a great way to give back to the community.”

White Chapel will host its fourth annual Tulip Festival Photography Contest.

“We thought it was great way to get the community involved,” David R. Krall said. “We’re always excited to see the photos. We’re happy to continue the new tradition. It’s fun to see all the people come out. The founders wanted White Chapel to be a place for the living.”

People can submit photos at www.whitechapelcemetery.com through midnight June 15. Photos must be taken at White Chapel and can include both tulips and people. People can vote for their favorite photo on the White Chapel website, which will also feature a tulip garden guide. A committee will judge the best photo based on votes and other criteria.

“We heavily weigh the votes,” David R. Krall said.

Prizes include Visa and American Express gift cards for $500, $200 and $100, and vouchers for services at White Chapel.

The community can see the tulips in bloom 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake. Tulip bloom alerts will be posted on the website, www.whitechapelcemetery.com.