The Daffodil Project – A Living Memorial for the Victims of September 11

Today is the tenth anniversary of September 11 and thought this would be the appropriate time to write about the Daffodil Project which is a living memorial to the events of September 11th, 2001.
The Daffodil Project is led by New Yorkers for Parks, and in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and is an , annual volunteer project that serves as a living memorial to the victims of 9/11, a symbol of remembrance and an act of rebirth that engages New Yorkers in the revitalization of their communities.
How did the Project begin? A Dutch bulb supplier Hans van Waardenburg of B&K Flowerbulbs pledged to donate 500,000 daffodil bulbs to New York City as a sign of support following the attacks on 9/11. B&K Flowerbulbs continued to donate hundreds of thousands of bulbs for the first 8 years of the project. Afterwards, the New Yorkers for Parks continued the vision of the Daffodil Project by raising funds to purchase and distribute the bulbs.
Now each fall, New Yorkers for Parks distributes hundreds of thousands of daffodil bulbs to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. The bulbs are free to anyone who commits to planting them in a park or public space.
The Daffodil Project is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the history of New York City. To date, over 20,000 New Yorkers have participated in this living memorial. Since the project’s inception, 4 million daffodils have been planted throughout New York City.
Due to the tremendous support and interest in this project, Mayor Bloomberg named the daffodil the official flower of New York City in 2007.
Blooming MapsNY4P is proud to present the 2011 Blooming Map, highlighting 55 planting sites. These sites are some of the larger plantings completed by volunteers in the fall of 2010. NY4P invites you to use this map to visit some of these locations and celebrate spring in New York City’s fabulous parks!
Visit New Yorkers For Parks for the Blooming Map of all the 55 planting sites or if you are interested in voluteering.

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