For the past nine years, the Daffodil Project, a memorial in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, has been a citywide event to help beautify neighborhoods and park across New York City. Brought to residents by New Yorkers for Parks, in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the project, comprised entirely of volunteers, serves as a living memorial and pays homage to the incredible rebirth of New York after the attacks.
Every fall, hundreds of thousands of daffodil bulbs are distributed to any New Yorker committed to planting them in a public park or community space. With over 200,000 volunteers involved since its beginnings, it is one of the largest volunteer projects in the city. Over 4 million daffodils have been planted to date, with the mayor declaring the daffodil the official flower of new York City.
To help engage and get children involved, the project offers an activity guide, adaptable for a variety of ages, which teaches kids about the project, how to plant the bulbs and about the importance of community parks. It is also a good way to spend the day discussing and memorializing the events of September 11 with older children.
To order your free bulbs, simply visit Bulb Sign Up by August 28 and enter the number you wish to plant. After the registration date, this same web page will announce where in Queens you can pick up your bulbs (scheduled for either late September or early October).
There are 15 locations in Queens including the Ridgewood Library, Sunnyside Garden and Memorial Circle in Rockaway Beach dedicated to serving the project. For a complete listing of locations in Queens and across all of New York City visit Daffodil Maps.
Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg