2013-10-24 / Around Town

Daffodillion Project Momentum Continues


Organizers of the daffodil project are proud to announce that donations so far have reached $10,100. But more pledges are needed. Visit daffodillion.com to see how you can help. So far, six donors have contributed $100 each and the "Founders Club" donors who have donated $375 or more in honor of next year's 375th anniversary of Newport's founding include: Organizers of the daffodil project are proud to announce that donations so far have reached $10,100. But more pledges are needed. Visit daffodillion.com to see how you can help. So far, six donors have contributed $100 each and the "Founders Club" donors who have donated $375 or more in honor of next year's 375th anniversary of Newport's founding include: Newport continues to be “daffy” about the quest to plant a million daffodils. At the free bulb giveaway at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, Oct. 19 nearly 25,000 bulbs were packaged and ready to be planted before the first frost. The effort is attributed to the many volunteer students at Salve Regina University who spent hours packing and distributing 700 bags of bulbs for the daffodil giveaway.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to our first giveaway. Over 600 happy planters dropped by to pick up their bag of three dozen bulbs. One smiling resident called it a “Daffy Drive-in” remarked John Hirschboeck, Daffodillion Project Director.


Brenda Finn of Newport. Brenda Finn of Newport. Now the planting begins. On Friday, Oct. 25 Scott Wheeler and city teams will plant approximately 20,000 blubs along the Cliff Walk behind The Breakers. The Off Broadway Neighborhood will plant at Equality Park on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Next weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 6 the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority is spearheading a planting of more than 25,000 bulbs. Other public plantings are planned for Fort Adams, the Pell School, Rogers High School and in The Point. Visit daffodillion.com if interested in joining in.


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