They haven’t fully bloomed quite yet, but the 100,000 flowers that were part of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Tulips for Tomorrow campaign are poking up out of the ground.
“They are coming up, but when the actually bloom is up to Mother Nature,” said Jason Howe, foundation public affairs director.
As well as helping raise $420,000 for the hospital’s new emergency centre, which will be three times the size of the current ER, Tulips for Tomorrow also filled public planter pots and flower beds across the city.
“It’s an added bonus,” said Howe. “You’re not only helping the hospital, but you’re helping beautify the city.”
The Princess Irene tulips were planted last fall in flower beds around the hospital, at city hall, and along medians on the King George Highway and near the Pattullo Bridge.
Planter pots at recreation centres, libraries and the Surrey Museum will also be sprouting the red and orange blossoms whenever the weather begins helping out.
The Tulips for Tomorrow campaign was a success, said Howe, and will be repeated this fall.
The foundation has so far raised $11 million of the $15-million target to provide the new ER with state-of-the-art equipment.
“We’re hoping to be done as soon as possible, but a lot of our big donors have pledged money over a number of years,” said Howe. “We’re going to be collecting for three or four years down the road.”
The new hospital ER is expected to be built by 2011.