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Daffodil Project: It's time to plant!

Oct 12, 2020
Courtesy of: Elisabeth Wolfe Norm Poirier, director of the Parks and Recreation, has daffodil bulbs to give to those who wish to plant but are unable to purchase them. Contact Poirier at 338-3370, ext. 3.

Belfast — Autumn is bulb-planting time, and in Belfast it is Daffodil Month. The Belfast Daffodil Project, a joint venture of the city and other community organizations and individuals, has delivered 26,150 daffodil bulbs to the Boathouse and they are being distributed to all who have preordered.

Project founder Elisabeth Wolfe suggests, "Instead of counting virus cases, why not count daffodil bulbs?"

The project is moving gradually toward its goal of one million daffodils for Belfast, with over 102,000 bulbs expected to be planted by the end of this year, she said.

There is an honors list that grows every day, Wolfe said; it includes the following:

  • The first Daffie Award has been given to Peg O’Connor of Cedar Street who singlehandedly collected preorders for over 1,700 bulbs. Vinolio's donated a gift certificate to recognize her feat.
  • Seth Thayer and Ocean Street House have given 4,000 bulbs to be distributed among those in need as a thanks to Michael Cunning of Worth Real Estate for efforts "beyond the call of duty." Anyone wishing to plant daffodils in Belfast but unable to buy bulbs may contact Norm Poirier of the Parks and Recreation Department to obtain donated bulbs.
  • Jeffrey Mabee has donated 200 daffodil bulbs grown in his own garden — the first locally sourced flowers given to the Daffodil Project.
  • The D Team has already planted 2,100 bulbs near the footbridge, Wolfe reported. Pete Farquar, Molly Schauffler, Michael Cunning, Julie Waters and Wolfe planted thousands of bulbs last year and are encouraging other teams to organize for a friendly contest to see which team can plant the most.

"Great thanks go out to Collin Brewster Cunning who created the Belfast Daffodil Project website (belfastdaffodilproject.com)," Wolfe said. "Check it out to find the latest planting parties, updated news and a gallery of photos."

Next public spaces to be planted include Belfast Commons, Wales Park and Walter Ash Park. Anyone who wishes to help can check out times and locations on the Belfast Daffodil Project website and sign up for a planting party.

"Or better yet, organize one of your own," Wolfe said. Contact her at belfastdaffodilproject1@gmail.com or 338-4783 about getting bulbs to put in city gardens or making a donation.

Peg O’Connor with granddaughter holds her gift certificate from Vinolio’s for distributing 1,700 daffodil bulbs. (Courtesy of: Elisabeth Wolfe)
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