2014-10-30 / Front Page

Planting Extravaganza at Ballard Park

This overhead view shows the over one-acre site in Ballard Park's Quarry Meadow that was prepared for daffodil bulbs and wildflower seeds. An army of volunteers planted 18,000 daffodils on Monday, Oct. 27.

“We had a wide assortment of folks this morning, including members of the city’s buildings and grounds staff, Newport Preservation Society gardeners, Newport Restoration Foundation staff, and volunteers from Salve Regina University, Rogers High School and the general public,” explained Scott Wheeler, Newport's buildings and grounds supervisor.

“We will also be planting a wildflower seed mix that will bloom at various times in the summer months, as well as milkweed, which is very beneficial to Monarch Butterflies. Milkweed is the only plant that this species of butterfly uses to lay its eggs, and it is rapidly disappearing across the region,” Wheeler said.


John Hirschboeck, Daffodil Project coordinator, and Scott Wheeler joined the cadre of volunteers planting. (Photos by Jack Kelly) John Hirschboeck, Daffodil Project coordinator, and Scott Wheeler joined the cadre of volunteers planting. (Photos by Jack Kelly) According to John Hirschboeck, Daffodil Project coordinator, “We are giving away 100,000 bulbs this year to add to 258,000 already planted around Newport. We are almost halfway to our goal of one million daffodils. For anyone who wants to contribute, we are still accepting donations at daffodillion.com.”

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