Get ready for spring with the 21st annual Daffodil Project

flowers donated by the daffodil project in front of a taxi
Volunteers have planted more than 9 million daffodil bulbs donated by The Daffodil Project across New York City. The flowers aren’t just beautiful — they’re an important tool of civic engagement, according to New Yorkers for Parks.
Courtesy of New Yorkers for Parks

It might feel a bit early to be thinking of spring flowers, but if you want to beautify your neighborhood with bright blooms you can sign up now for free bulbs or some volunteer hours through the Daffodil Project.

Begun in 2001, the more than nine million daffodils distributed through the project and planted by volunteers act as a living memorial to those lost in 9/11 and, more recently, during the pandemic. Volunteers are needed to help distribute bulbs in all five boroughs and registration is now open.

The Brooklyn event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Grand Army Plaza.

For those who want to secure daffodil bulbs to pick up at the October event and plant in their community it is best to reserve them now. Information on the Daffodil Project, including how to sign up for free bulbs and tips for planting can be found online.

new flowers planted by the daffodil project at ps46
New blooms provided by The Daffodil Project grow outside PS 46 in Fort Greene, as students and advocates call for more funding for the city’s Parks Department.Photo by Mikaela Wegner

Earlier this year, Fort Greene elementary school students celebrated a riot of new blooms in front PS 46, and advocated for more park space in their neighborhood in partnership with The Daffodil Project.

“This is such a full circle moment,” Councilmember Crystal Hudson said at the time. “There are not many things and many opportunities you get to plant seeds, and watch them grow, … and become big and beautiful like these daffodils are today.”

A version of this story first appeared on Brownstoner. Additional reporting by Mikaela Wegner.