Marathon Daffodils is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, gardeners, cities and towns, organizations, businesses, and citizens interested in preserving the spirit of the Boston Marathon and Boston Strong, while embracing the tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring to Boston.
Some of Massachusetts top horticultural organizations, partnering with communities and volunteers plan to plant daffodils along the 26.5 mile Boston Marathon route, to create a new event.Â Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Garden Club Federation, The Charles River Conservancy and other groups have agreed to collaborate. The goal is to raise $1,000 per mile for a total of $26,500 from Hopkinton to Boston.
â€œWe want to do something to lift the spirits of the community, in support of Boston Marathon 2014 and Boston Strong,â€ said Diane Valle, volunteer and organizer.
â€œWe are excited to participate,â€ said Kathy Abbott, Executive Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, â€œbecause we believe Marathon Daffodils represent Spring and rebirth. This is a great community building opportunity.â€
Plans include outreach to supporters and volunteers from young to old; and novices to Master Gardeners; to plant daffodils. â€œMarathon Daffodilâ€ donations are welcome, sent to The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.
â€œWith the support of the communities, the planting of daffodils is to commence in October and continue through December, along the route, and hopefully throughout our communities,â€ said Kathy Thomas, Past Garden Club Federation President and horticultural activist.Â Volunteers are welcome.
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