"Royalty" has come to Surrey in the form of Princess Irene tulip bulbs.
Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation has launched a sixth Tulips for Tomorrow fundraising campaign, which involves sales of the tulip bulbs at four garden shops in Surrey.
"With its bright orange colouring blended with regal gold and purple flames, the Princess Irene tulip fills a spring garden with energy, stunning beauty and a delightful fragrance," said Jane Adams, president and CEO of the hospital foundation.
"Make your home a stop on Princess Irene's royal tour by planting your bulbs today."
All proceeds from the sale of the bulbs ($10 per package) will go to the hospital foundation. Until mid-November, the bulbs can be purchased at 99 Nursery (9376 King George Blvd.), Art's Nursery (8940 192nd St.), Cloverdale Country Farms (5688 168th St.) and David Hunter Garden Centres (15175 72nd Ave.). Orders can also be placed online via www. tulipsfortomorrow.com.
Also, those who make a donation of $100 or more to the foundation, from now until November, will be given a package of tulip bulbs ready for planting.
Donors of $1,000 or more will receive a patio planter full of blooming tulips in the spring.
Donations this fall will support the hospital foundation's drive to provide critical care for local children.
The Tulips for Tomorrow project is just one way of raising money for the organization, said Jason Howe, the foundation's director of public affairs.
"Being high-profile with this annual signature campaign in the fall, and again in the spring, is intended to encourage people to join our fundraising efforts," said Howe. "We have a huge fundraising target and some massive expansion taking place right now at Surrey Memorial. The foundation has committed to raise 20 per cent of the Critical Care Tower's $73 million equipment budget. We know it's important to the region, and people support it."