Plant free daffodil bulbs in your neighborhood this fall. Enjoy their beauty when they blossom next spring. The neighborhood looks so attractive and cheerful when the daffodils are in bloom.
Bulbs are donated to civic organizations, individuals, schools, community leaders, and corporate volunteer groups who will commit to planting them in a park or a public space, such as a schoolyard, street tree pit, community garden, or planters in front of a building--or anywhere else in New York City where the public can see and enjoy them.
The Daffodil Project began in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11th. Since then, nearly 6,000,000 free bulbs have been planted around New York City by more than 100,000 young students, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers, and other New Yorkers, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history.
In 2015 alone,
- 450,000 bulbs were distributed,
- 531 students planted 2,750 bulbs with NY4P,
- 200+ NYC schools participated,
- 67 NYCHA gardeners planted 33,850 bulbs, and
- 23,369 volunteers joined citywide.
The two bulb distribution dates and locations in Brooklyn are Saturday, September 10th, at Seth Low Houses Community Center and Saturday, September 24th, at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, rain or shine.
Distribution time is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., any unclaimed bulbs will be distributed to whoever can carry them.
Bulbs can be requested in quantities of 25, 50, 100, 200, 350, 550, or 1100.
Daffodil bulbs should be planted anywhere between mid-September through the first week of December. It's important to get them in the ground before the first frost.
Thursday, September 1st, at 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for registration. The registration form is at http://ny4p.convio.net/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1840.
FAQs about the Daffodil Project are at http://www.ny4p.org/2016%20Daffodil%20Project%20FAQ.pdf.
For questions about the Daffodil Project, call Emily Walker, New Yorker's for Parks' Director of Outreach and Programs, at (212) 838-9410, ext. 314, or e-mail her at ewalker @ ny4p.org.