As people remember and mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadians and other Second World War events, a part of that remembrance has lived in Terrace for more than 40 years.
Yellow tulips given to veterans associations across Canada as thanks from the Dutch government for the liberation of Holland have been growing in Evelyn Pousette’s garden on the bench since 1974.
And before that, they grew in her garden downtown where she and her husband lived before that.
She says they just keep growing year after year.
The exact year they were given to Canada wasn’t known to her but she believes it may have been 1970 which was the 25th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Way back before she and her husband were married, they went out for a drive one day and stopped at the top of Lanfear hill in the spot where their property is now, but which was just vegetation and land without any houses back then.
She stood at the edge of the hill and her now-husband took a photo of her.
On the back she wrote “I want to live here someday” then put it away in a drawer and forgot all about it.
After they were married, they were looking to move up to the bench area and get a place.
At one time back then, CN was going to build a railroad from Terrace to Dease Lake, she said. A man who worked for the railroad and lived elsewhere had bought the house at the top of Lanfear.
However, his wife didn’t want to move here, she was happy where she was.
He thought about renting the house even though his wife wanted him to sell it.
The Pousettes ended up meeting him and wanted to buy the house but he was reluctant to sell. But eventually, he finally did and they moved up there.
CN decided not to build a railroad to Dease Lake and the man and his wife were transferred to Edmonton.
One day, Evelyn found the photo her husband had taken of her and remembered what she’d thought of the place. It was meant to be, she said.
Her husband hasn’t taken another photo of her since they moved up there, but she thought it would be a good idea.
Some yellow tulips are planted in the front of the house along with red ones that didn’t come from Holland and she’s not sure of where they did come from.
She continues to garden and tend to the flowers which have some orange tulips among them and purple ones nearby.
Her husband spends time digging out dandelions in the back and front yards.
And the tulips continue to grow.