Have you heard about The Daffodil Project? I hadn't until recently when I saw some pictures online about this amazing citywide initiative in New York City. Founded in 2001 after September 11, the Daffodil Project was started by 3 people-- a NYC commissioner, a garden designer and NY4Parks member, and a Dutch bulb company executive-- who wanted to do something to help the city regain some hope and beauty. More than 250,000 bulbs were planted that first fall of 2001 in remembrance of the victims of September 11, and now there are more than 5 million daffodils blooming in the school yards, street corners, sidewalk gardens, and community gardens of New York City. Every fall school children, garden clubs, civic groups, and willing individuals turn out to plant the free bulbs in their city, with more than 40,000 volunteers so far.
I love that people turn to the simple daffodil as a symbol of spring, and of hope and renewal.