Registration for the 2017 Daffodil Project is open! Registration ends on Friday, September 1

Bulbs are free to civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in a park or public space such as a schoolyard, street tree pit, or community garden.

Registration for the 2017 Daffodil Project is open! Registration ends on Friday, September 1 at 3:00 pm. Sign up here.

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The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11. With OVER 6.5 MILLION free bulbs planted citywide by more than 100,000 young students, parks, and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers and other New Yorkers, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history.

2016 Daffodil Project, by the numbers:

500,000 bulbs distributed citywide

40,000 bulbs to Partnerships for Parks and NYC Parks

23,000 volunteers 

Over 15,000 youth volunteers

176 NYC schools participated

6 NY4P-led school plantings, 200 youth planted over 3,300 bulbs

30+ NYCHA gardeners planted 20,400 bulbs

How it all began…

Like most New Yorkers in the fall of 2001, NY4P Board Member Lynden Miller was grieving in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks when she received a fax from Hans van Waardenburg, a Dutch bulb supplier.

“He had written, ‘I feel so distressed and heartbroken for New York. New York and my country have had a long relationship going back to New Amsterdam. … I just wish there was something I could do,’ ” Miller told the New York Daily News in 2011.

“And I sent back, ‘Hans, you don’t have any extra bulbs, do you?’ ”

Around the same time, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe had a similar idea:  planting yellow daffodils – the color of remembrance – across the city.

Then the ship arrived in New York Harbor, and with it, a gift: one million daffodil bulbs from van Waardenburg and the City of Rotterdam.

That fall, more than 10,000 volunteers joined NY4P to initiate the Project. In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg named the daffodil the city’s official flower in recognition of the millions of daffodils that had bloomed every spring since 2001.

Today, the initiative remains a powerful memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and its spirit is defined by the thousands of New Yorkers who join together to make their neighborhoods, and their city, a more beautiful place to live.

For questions regarding Daffodil Project, please contact Director of Outreach and Programs, Emily Walker: 212-838-9410, ext. 314, or

The Daffodil Project wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing sponsorship of Con Edison, the Greenacre Foundation, and Miller herself, or the hard work of tens of thousands of volunteers who plant bulbs in parks and public spaces every fall.  If you’d like to be part of an initiative that truly touches the lives of New Yorkers in all corners of the city.

To find out more about sponsoring the Daffodil Project, please contact at 212-838-9410, or

To join the Bulb Brigade, corps of volunteer planters, click here.