In August 2016, The Hillsborough Womens Institute group was awarded one of the 150th Celebration Gardens to promote Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 from the Garden Council of Canada. Their application included that they would like to honour the Father of Confederation, William Henry Steeves who was born in Hillsborough and also a life time member of the WI group Dora Braam, who immigrated from Holland in the 1940’s. She has been an active member in the Hillsborough area and is well known in the community.
Despite the rain it held off for the blooming celebration held on May 15th with dignitaries Brian Keirstead MLA, Deputy Mayor Jeff Jonah bringing greetings to those gathered for the celebration. Kay Kyle curator of the Steeves Museum brought a brief commentary to the local school children present concerning the Fathers of Confederation. A local girls’ choir conducted by Joyce Kaye sang the anthem “O Canada” and Happy Birthday to Canada.
As one attendee commented these tulips at the Peace Park will continue to mark this historic event of 150 years for a long time as they will bloom annually.