Thanks to the work of Rockport Garden Club, the town was filled with the cheerful sight of thousands of daffodils this Spring. And the best part is, this is only the first stage of a three-stage process. Peggy Coonley, who conceived the project and brought it before the Garden Club, planned for what will eventually be 9,000 new bulbs planted throughout town, both in existing public gardens and in town spaces that aren’t cultivated, like along a stone wall bordering a town field on South Street (the spot pictured in the photo). 3,000 bulbs were planted last fall with 3,000 more due to be planted in 2011. The final 3,000 bulbs will be planted next year.
As you can imagine, this is a major undertaking, the cost of which has partially been underwritten by a grant, with the Garden Club fundraising to cover other costs incurred. The Garden Club will be selling daffodil bulbs to help fund the project along with their other ventures, such as the annual scholarship awarded to a Rockport High School student. So make plans to join the daffodil project by purchasing your bulbs from the Rockport Garden Club – available at their booth at this fall’s HarvestFest as well as in other venues. And if you see a Garden Club member be sure to say thanks. Our Spring has been brighter because of their efforts — and that’s no small thing in gray New England.