By Lisa Kava
The West 80’s Neighborhood Association is hosting its annual Daffodil Bulb Giveaway this Sunday, September 25, at noon. The giveaway will take place on the northeast corner of Amsterdam Ave and West 84th Street.
Free daffodil bulbs will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis. Residents can “plant these bulbs in street tree beds, community gardens, parks and other public spaces, and contribute to the beautification of NYC when the daffodils bloom this spring 2023,” the event flyer says. Participants should bring their own bag to collect the daffodils.
The bulbs will be provided by the organization New Yorkers for Parks, as part of their Daffodil Project, “a celebration of New Yorkers championing parks equity in their communities,” and meant to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and Covid-19. The Daffodil Project was established in 2001.
The Daffodil Bulb Giveaway is one of three events included in Love Your Street Tree Day, a larger initiative spearheaded by the West 80’s Neighborhood Association. “Love Your Street Tree Day was established as an idea and model for increasing street tree stewardship, not only on the Upper West Side, but throughout New York City,” Melissa Elstein, Secretary and Co-Founder of the association told West Side Rag.
Besides the Fall Daffodil Bulb Giveaway, the West 80’s Neighborhood Association helps the Riverside Park Conservancy with Mulchfest in January, and organizes a spring clean-up planting event which changes each year.