Dr. William Bailey has been planning a project like this for 40 years.
Dr. William Bailey and his Sunday school class (Source: William Bailey)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
A group of people from a Bossier City church is coloring their corner of the world red, yellow and orange, and they're doing it with the help of 8,000 tulips.
Dr. William Bailey used his extensive knowledge of flower-planting and the help of his Sunday school class to plant the beautiful bulbs in front of Airline Baptist Church.
The flowers cover three plots on the church's grounds, offering an Easter message of three crosses, the words, "Jesus Saves" and the church's initials: ABC.
"I told our pastor I wanted to do it," Bailey said. "He said, 'Yeah, that'd be great.' I showed him the outlines and he asked ‘You can do that?' I said sir!"
The idea came from a trip Bailey took 40 years ago to Amsterdam. The seeds were sown for his project back then when he visited a tulip festival. This is the first year he had the time and resources to do it.
So with 11 church members working over three days, six hours a day, his idea bloomed.
Bailey plans to make his tulip project an annual tradition. Next year he hopes to plant 20,000 tulip bulbs.