Eighth Annual Tulip Festival and Photo Contest at White Chapel

THE 2017 FIRST PLACE WINNER of the Tulip Photo Contest at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery was Paul Seymour of Westland.

April 30 through May 20, White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery will host the eighth annual Tulip Festival and Photo Contest.

The 2018 Tulip Festival promises to be the best showing ever. White Chapel has planted more than 50,000 tulips across its walkable acres, in more than 30 different varieties, including numerous rare blooms. The gardens will feature favorites like Red Impressions, White Triumphators, and Orange Emperors as well as rare blooms such as hot pink Barcelonas, yellow and red La Courtines and double pink Capetowns.

“Our annual tulip display is a wonderful tradition and celebration of spring,” said David R. Krall, Vice President, White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. “We have a colorful display of tulips, imported directly from the Netherlands, including new and unique varieties rarely found anywhere else in the world.”

White Chapel has made it easier for everyone to participate in its Eighth Annual Tulip Festival Photo Contest with the addition of a “Selfie” prize category along with its traditional photo awards. White Chapel is offering gift cards to photo contest award winners.

Photos must be taken in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery tulip gardens. Individuals can enter the photo contest by uploading photos to whitechapelcemetery.com.

People can vote for the best photos on the White Chapel website, and visitors also will find a tulip garden guide and map on the website.

Photo contest prizes include a $500 gift card and a $500 White Chapel credit voucher for first place; a $200 gift card and voucher for second; and $100 card and voucher for third. And for the “Selfie” category, a

$200 app gift card will be awarded. Southeast Michigan residents can see the tulips in bloom at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Holidays. For bloom times, call White Chapel at 248-362-7670 or visit whitechapelcemetery.com

“We plant new tulip bulbs yearly because we want to expand and enhance our variety of flowers,” added Krall. “We invite the community to stop by to see our wide variety of tulips.”

Once tulip season ends, a mix of flowers will be planted in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery gardens for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer.

White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 621 W. Long Lake Rd. (just West of I-75) in Troy.