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Daffodil Planting along Marathon Route

Posted by Carol Stocker, who will answer your garden questions live on line this Thursday 1-2 p.m.
Marathon Daffodils is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, gardeners, cities and towns, organizations, businesses, and citizens interested in preserving the spirit of the Boston Marathon and Boston Strong, while embracing the tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring to Boston.

Some of Massachusetts top horticultural organizations, partnering with communities and volunteers plan to plant daffodils along the 26.5 mile Boston Marathon route, to create a new event “Marathon Daffodils.” Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, New England Wildflower Society, The Garden Club Federation, The Town of Brookline Parks, The Charles River Conservancy, the Master Gardeners and other groups have agreed to collaborate. The goal is to raise $1000 per mile for a total of $26,500 from Hopkinton to Boston.

“We want to do something to lift the spirits of the community, in support of Boston Marathon 2014 and Boston Strong,” said Diane Valle, volunteer and organizer.

“We are excited to participate,” said Kathy Abbott, Executive Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, “because we believe Marathon Daffodils represent Spring and rebirth. This is a great community building opportunity.”

Plans include outreach to supporters and volunteers from young to old; and novices to Master Gardeners; to plant daffodils. “Marathon Daffodil” donations are welcome, sent to The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. Without contributions this project will not be possible.

“With your support, the planting of daffodils is to commence in October. We hope you do what you can to rally the private homeowners to follow our lead and plant daffodils” said Kathy Thomas, Former Garden Club Federation President and horticultural activist.

For more information: contact Diane Valle, 617.791-5663

What can Master Gardeners and Garden Club members do?
Help raise funds to make the project possible.
Help with the distribution and planting of bulbs.
Help by contacting your friends and neighbors forward the press-release.
If you know a business that may want to donate fund please share our mission.
Volunteer to coordinate a specific planting location with youth groups.
Help find students in need of community service to help plant.
If you live in a town along the route getting planted, help coordinate with the DPW Town Officials.

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