The Daffodil Project℠

NY4P’s Daffodil Project is the largest volunteer effort in NYC history. It is a living memorial to the victims of September 11 and Covid-19, a platform for parks stewardship and civic engagement, and a celebration of the New Yorkers championing parks equity in their communities. Established in 2001, the Daffodil Project is now in its 21st year.

Bulb registration for the 2022 Daffodil Project opens in this month! Sign up for our email newsletter and select "Daffodil Project" as an interest to be notified when registration goes live.*


*If you already ordered bulbs through Partnerships for Parks (or plan to do so), please do not place a bulb order through NY4P. 

 

Questions? Check out our FAQ for answers and resources.

Looking to be more involved? Email ny4p@ny4p.org to inquire about volunteer opportunities at distribution and planting events this fall.

 

2021 Distributions

A huge thank you to all of you who participated in the 2021 Daffodil Project and to NYC Parks for all their help and coordination, from the Bronx Storehouse team to the five Borough Operations teams. 

2021 Distributions took place on:

  • Sunday, September 19: Staten Island – Brookfield Park
  • Sunday, September 26: Manhattan – Union Square
  • Saturday, October 2: Queens – Far Rockaway at the RISE Center at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd
  • Sunday, October 3: Bronx – Mill Pond Park
  • Sunday, October 10: Queens – The Overlook at Forest Park
  • Sunday, October 17: Brooklyn – Grand Army Plaza

 

History

For 20 years, NY4P has worked with over 400,000 New Yorkers to create the largest volunteer effort in NYC. Every spring since 2002, New York City emerges from winter and daffodils burst through soil in parks, playgrounds, and public spaces across the city. These symbols of rebirth are the world’s largest living memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Over 8 million daffodil bulbs have been distributed for free, planted by volunteers in the fall and then celebrated as some of the first flowers to bloom come spring.

This tradition was born thanks to a gift of a million daffodil bulbs from Hans van Waardenburg, a Dutch bulb supplier, and the City of Rotterdam, who coordinated with NY4P Board Member and public garden designer Lynden Miller in the aftermath of 9/11. In collaboration with then Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, 10,000 volunteers joined NY4P to plant the bulbs across NYC. In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg named the daffodil the city’s official flower.

In 2021, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the Daffodil Project, NY4P worked with artist Michael De Feo to create a new logo and look for the project, and thanks to generous sponsors, NY4P is able to double the bulb order to plant hope and bring yellow bursts to NYC in spring 2022.

Today, we are honored to continue this powerful memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and the spirit that defines the thousands of New Yorkers who join together to make their neighborhoods, and their city, a more beautiful place to live.

 

Where Daffodils Bloom

Daffodil Project Blooming Map 2019Click here to browse an interactive map of all 2019 Daffodil Project plantings.

 

Contact

For all questions about the Daffodil Project and how it works, please email at ny4p@ny4p.org

For all questions about corporate partnership opportunities, please email Kristen Gelinas at kgelinas@ny4p.org

For all press and media inquiries, please email ny4p@berlinrosen.com

 

Support The Project

Your support is essential to making the Daffodil Project a reality! NY4P gives away bulbs for free, which would not be possible without our generous supporters.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our corporate supporters underwrite NY4P’s substantial costs in organizing and sustaining this citywide volunteer effort, as well as purchasing bulbs, which are given away for free. 

The Daffodil Project is especially focused on areas of the city that do not have the capacity to generate private or philanthropic dollars. Your support helps bridge this gap, to commemorate the victims of 9/11, and beautify spaces for residents to enjoy.

Donate now

To find out more about this year's sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Gelinas at kgelinas@ny4p.org

 

Partners

The Daffodil Project wouldn’t be possible without the help of our partners. We would like to especially recognize Con Edison, key supporters of the Daffodil Project since 2003.

 

Con Edison      Citi      Delta       Greenacre Foundation       JCDecaux      National Grid      New York Forever       Tiger Baron Foundation      NYC Parks      Partnerships for Parks            Pentagram      Berlin Rosen