The Daffodil Project℠

NY4P’s Daffodil Project is the largest volunteer effort in NYC history. It is is a living memorial to the victims of 9/11 and Covid-19, a celebration of the New Yorkers championing parks equity in their communities, and a catalyst for citywide civic engagement advancing NY4P's call for 1% of the city budget for NYC Parks. Established in 2001, the Daffodil Project is now in its 21st year.

Registration has closed for the 2022 Daffodil Project. Thank you to everyone who registered! 

 

Questions? Check out our FAQ for answers and resources.

Looking to get involved? Fill out our volunteer survey to be contacted about volunteer opportunities at distributions this fall.

2022 Distributions

2022 Daffodil Project Distributions will take place on the following dates between 10:00am-1:00pm:

Registration has closed for the 2022 Daffodil Project.

  • Sunday, September 25: Manhattan - Union Square North Plaza 
  • Saturday, October 1: Queens - Far Rockaway at the RISE Center at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd
  • Saturday, October 1: Staten Island - Brookfield Park
  • Sunday, October 2: Bronx - Mill Pond Park
  • Sunday, October 16: Queens - Overlook at Forest Park
  • Sunday, October 23: Brooklyn - Prospect Park Plaza West
History

New Yorkers for Parks’ Daffodil Project is the largest annual volunteer effort in NYC history, conceived as a living memorial to the victims of September 11. Since the Daffodil Project’s inception in 2002, over nine million daffodil bulbs have been distributed for free, planted by thousands of volunteers in the fall, and celebrated as some of the first flowers to bloom come spring.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Dutch bulb supplier Hans van Waardenburg and the City of Rotterdam sent NYC a million daffodils – a gift facilitated by NY4P Board Member and public garden designer Lynden Miller. That fall, 10,000 volunteers joined NY4P and then-Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to plant the bulbs in every borough. In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg named the daffodil the city’s official flower.

Throughout twenty years of bulb distributions, plantings, and perennial blooms, the Daffodil Project’s mission has grown. Today, the project serves as a catalyst for citywide parks stewardship and civic engagement advancing NY4P’s call for 1% of the city budget for NYC Parks, a celebration of the New Yorkers championing parks equity and resilience in their communities, and a memorial for the victims of September 11 and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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