For nearly a decade, the Daffodil Project, a living memorial to the events of September 11th, 2001, has been a citywide effort to beautify every neighborhood by planting daffodils. Led by New Yorkers for Parks, and in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, this annual volunteer project 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.
The project began when 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. New Yorkers for Parks is committed to continuing the vision of the Daffodil Project by raising funds to purchase and distribute the bulbs.
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.
Daffodil Project Volunteer Group: The Bulb Brigade
Are you an individual interested in getting involved in the Daffodil Project? New Yorkers for Parks is pleased to introduce the Bulb Brigade, your chance to volunteer with New Yorkers for Parks and community groups around the city. Volunteer opportunities for individuals may include:
– Planting bulbs in the fall: Volunteers for the Bulb Brigade will be put in touch with community groups who contact New Yorkers for Parks for help planting their Daffodil Project bulbs.
– Distributing bulbs in the fall: Every fall New Yorkers for Parks holds one bulb distribution in each borough, handing out tens of thousands of free bulbs. Bulb Brigade volunteers are needed to bag bulbs and collect information. These are great opportunities to meet do-gooders from around the city and spread the word about the Daffodil Project!
– Cleaning up blooming sites in the spring: As a thank you for their hard work, this spring New Yorkers for Parks will offer community groups the chance to have Bulb Brigade volunteers help with a spring clean up of their planting site.