On Sunday, October 24, I had the pleasure of serving as a volunteer bulb brigadier, helping New Yorkers For Parks (NY4P) distribute thousands of free daffodil bulbs from the Manhattan Union Square site to individuals and various community groups who commit to planting them in a park or public space. The daffodil bulbs suppliers include those from Hardscrabble Farm in North Salem, New York.
This was all part of their “Daffodil Project,” a living 9/11 Memorial and a citywide effort to beautify every neighborhood by planting daffodils. “Led by New Yorkers for Parks in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, this annual volunteer effort serves as a living memorial for the victims, a symbol of remembrance, and an act of rebirth that involves citizens in the revitalization of their communities” (NY4P website). Each fall (for nearly a decade), NY4P distributes hundreds of thousands of daffodil bulbs to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. On another note, I used to survey city parks as an NY4P intern!
I look forward to volunteering again next spring when we clean up the blooming sites. In the meantime, I’ll be taking care of my 25 bulbs that were planted in street tree pits. Wish me luck!