October Planting of Daffodils

Daffodil blossoms from fall-planted bulbs. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill
Daffodil blossoms from fall-planted bulbs. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” beautification initiative will distribute 20,000 daffodil bulbs this fall to volunteers for planting on public ways citywide.

“I thank all of our Boston Blooms volunteers for their work planting daffodils in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Walsh noted. “I look forward to when the bulbs flower in the spring and brighten up our neighborhoods. Residents and community groups who would like to participate are asked to contact the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and join us.”

The plantings will take place in approved locations along the City’s public ways on the weekends of October 24 and October 31. Groups with approved planting locations will be contacted by the Parks Department and given bulb pick-up instructions and dates.

Individuals, civic associations, church groups, sports leagues, scout troops, open space advocates, and parks friends are just some examples of the volunteers the Parks Department seeks to help in the “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” effort. Last year more than 100 community groups planted the bulbs distributed by the City.

Anyone interested in assisting with planting can fill out a form online at www.cityofboston.gov/parks which asks for contact information and identification of the public space the applicant is volunteering to plant. Groups and individuals are asked to use their own tools.

Participants are also encouraged to take photos of their groups on planting days and email them to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at parkpartners@boston.gov with “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” in the subject line.  Photos will then be available for viewing at www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment, the Parks Department website, and submitted to local newspapers.

For more information on how to participate in “Boston Blooms with Daffodils,” call the Parks Department at 617-961-3006.

Happy Gardening!