The daffodil bulbs are planted, approximately 10,000 in total! Whew, I feel tired just writing that. So, imagine how tired all the volunteers are that put in the hard work to create an amazing display come Spring 2013.
It was truly a group effort with the Friends of the North End Parks and the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy collaborating with several networks of volunteers, including 27 kids from the North End’s Eliot School. The plantings took place over Friday and Saturday, with a mix of master gardeners and those who planted their first bulb ever.
The Friends of The North End Parks thanked the generous donors and the assistance of Brent & Becky Bulbs, the top daffodil grower in the country. In addition to the students from The Eliot School, participants included the Seaport Academy, Master Gardeners, North End residents and Greenway Gardens volunteers.
The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy provided the tools, gloves, and kneelers. Several RFKGC staff members were on hand to help the Friends group. Boston Common Coffee and Maria’s Pastry provided coffee and pastries to sustain the volunteer gardeners. ReMax on Cross Street also stored the bulbs. Special thanks to Jorge Mendoza from Monica’s for helping to fund the bulbs and to Nancy Caruso for her untiring contributions to the North End Greenway parks.
In addition to the Greenway’s North End Parks, the Friends shared their bounty of bulbs with the Eliot School for their own garden. FOTNEP is also donating 800 daffodil bulbs and 500 crocus bulbs to the Greenway Conservancy to be planted elsewhere on the Greenway.
FOTNEP isn’t stopping with just the daffodils, according to FOTNEP organizer Dorothy Keville. Conservancy staff and FOTNEP horticulture members plan to meet regarding 2,000 perennials and establish a process for planting in the Spring. The goal is to add four season color to enliven the North End Parks.
FOTNEP is seeking to extend its membership to all who are interested. The next meeting is Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 pm at the Mariner’s House, 11 North Square. Donations are also welcome, and encouraged. FOTNEP collaborates with The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to enhance the horticulture on the North End Parks on the Greenway.