By Devon Johnson, Contributing Writer
The Daffodil Project was started in 2001 in memory of the countless loved ones that were lost in 9/11. This project is said to be the largest volunteer, citizen-driven planting effort in New York’s history; with almost 5,000,000 free bulbs, and people from school kids to gardening groups they have over 40,000 participants and counting. With the help of the Daffodil Project New Yorkers in the five community boroughs’ are using their gardening skills to plant these beautiful flowers.
This project is really a great living memorial for those who lost their lives on September 11th, and is a reminder of that tragic day. Organizers choose to make sure that the majority of the bulbs planted by the Daffodil Project are yellow. If you don’t know “yellow” is said to be the “color of Memory.” Personally, when I see or think about the color yellow I think about sunshine and happiness… that thought condensed would conclude into a happy image and keeps me thinking about the round happy smiley face.
With the thousands upon thousands of helping hands it’s said that over 2.5 million flowers have been planted in the city since the Fall of 2001, and will keep going and going like the energizer bunny. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, NY4P Chair Emeritus Lynden Miller and s Hans van Waardenburg, a Dutch bulb supplier, came together to initiate this wonderful idea.
The project founders are in a constant continuum to plant yellow daffodils across the city. Although the planting may be out of season now thousands of volunteers come in every fall and are accepting more who would like to join. If you think you would like to be part of this touching project, you can join the Bulb Brigade, their volunteer planters at http://www.ny4p.org/daffodil-project/bulb-brigade
Devon will be writing blog posts about various topics that relate to NYC in particular. Read his introductory post here.