First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Capitol Tulip Bulb Donation Project

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 17, 2012  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

Capitol tulip bulbs donated to Kentucky community food banks, organizations

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced that for the second consecutive year, tulip bulbs from the State Capitol grounds were donated to Kentucky community food banks and organizations to help the groups’ fundraising efforts. 

Groups receiving bulb donations included the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, Relay for Life, the Morehead Community Soup Kitchen and Access Soup Kitchen in Frankfort.

“Tulips are symbolic of the renewal and beauty of spring, and we are pleased to share the bulbs previously planted at the Capitol with community food banks and charitable groups,” said Mrs. Beshear. “This recycling effort is an easy and effective way to extend the life of the tulips for a good cause and encourage others to help pay it forward.” 

Each organization received 20 boxes of tulip bulbs.  These bulbs were donated without restriction to allow the receiving organizations to use them in the best way to aid their programs. 

The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky enlisted the help of the local extension office and high school students to sort and bag their tulips to use as a fundraiser in support of the recent storm and tornado victims.  The group collected more than $2,000 from the effort and will contribute it to storm damaged communities.

Donation of the bulbs is necessary because of the tulip’s growth habit. The bulbs procured by the Commonwealth are selected for their growth habit, color and time of bloom. After the first year, the bulbs still produce flowers but will not be consistent in habit or bloom time. To provide the spectacular display and meet the time parameters that are required for the Capitol grounds, the Landscape Branch selects bulbs that will meet their particular needs for the upcoming season.