Tulip Test Gardens

HEN is supporting a global Citizen Science project by Journey North. We have sourced the Red Emperor tulips that will be used in this climate project and are making them available locally, along with educational support.
Anyone can participate in this project: homeowners, schools, community groups, and faith-based organizations! Register your garden in the project and become a citizen scientist!

When the plants emerge and bloom, announcing the arrival of spring. Together we'll track changes in seasons and climate around the world.


How to get involved:

Purchase your bulbs here by scrolling down! 
Order bulbs and find pickup locations across Halton from HEN.

Plant Your Garden
Because this is an experiment, all gardens must be planted in the same way:

  • Use Red Emperor tulip bulbs
  • Plant in an open area, away from foundations or pavement
  • Bury bulbs 7 inches deep, pointed side up

Use the checklist to find the perfect spot!

Report from Your Garden
Report to Journey North three times:

1. Date the garden is planted.
2. Date your first tulip emerges.
3. Date your first tulip blooms

Use this Link to Report



Follow the Map

As tulips emerge and bloom, you can track the wave of spring across the Northern Hemisphere.

Purchase your Tulip Bulbs Here:


Tulip Bulbs Pick-up Locations

Bulbs will be available to pick up at our community partner locations Oct 26-30. 

Open Doors @ St Christopher's - date/time to be confirmed
St Luke's Palermo (Oakville) - Wed Oct 28, 1-7pm
Kerr St Mission - Thurs Oct 29, time to be confirmed

"Each fall, people across the Northern Hemisphere plant Red Emperor tulip bulbs in Journey North Test Gardens to help monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. In the spring, when the plants emerge and bloom, test gardeners report their data to the maps. One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography and the greening of spring is revealed."  
Click here for more information on Journey North: https://journeynorth.org/tm/tulips/AboutFall.html