WELLESLEY, MA, October 26, 2013. A dozen volunteers from the
Wellesley Congregation Church, as known as Village Church gathered early
Saturday morning to join the hundreds of volunteers planting "Marathon
Daffodils" along the Boston Marathon route.
About a dozen volunteer bulb planters, under the direction of Deborah
Brown, worked to plant over 1,200 bulbs on the Village Church property
overlooking Route 16.
Marathon Daffodils is a grassroots effort to plant 100,000
daffodils along the Marathon route, from Hopkinton to Boston. "The Marathon
Daffodils project is a collaborative effort to strengthen our community by
bringing beauty to where there was unfathomable loss, mayhem and sadness,"
notes founder, Diane Valle of Charleston. Massachusetts Horticultural Society, one
of the sponsoring organizations of the Marathon Daffodil project, is helping to
organize the communities of Natick and Wellesley.
Deborah Brown, Wellesley resident and member of the
Wellesley Gardener's Guild, is the volunteer captain for Marathon Daffodils, Wellesley
commented: "Volunteers are enthusiastic about this project. Everyone can
participate with little skill and their efforts will bring a wonderful yellow
spectacle next April along the Marathon route." Deborah has been working with
the Town and Institutions along the way for permission to plant specific
locations, for oversight, determining quantity to be planted, and enlisting
volunteer planters. Wellesley's share of
the planting-10,000 bulbs! Deborah was on hand with her son Duncan, to help
with Saturday's planting at the Village Church. Brian Paige of Paige
Landscaping Company donated services to help to prepare the beds.
Marathon Daffodils is building a team of thousands to help
plant "Marathon Daffodils" from Hopkinton to Boston for the Boston Marathon
2014. The goal is to line the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon Route with bright
yellow, cheerful flowers will serve as an inspiration to runners, residents,
participants and visitors.
Additional Wellesley plantings are taking place along Route
16. Last week, the Friendly Aid location was planted with the help of the
Needham Junior Women's Club. To learn more about Marathon Daffodils and the
Wellesley plantings, please visit masshort.org/education.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to encourage the science and practice of
horticulture and to develop the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and
understanding of plants and the environment. Projects for the public good are
central to the 184-year legacy of the organization.
|Kathy Macdonald, President of Mass Hort
and Deborah Brown with a portion
of the bulbs to be planted.
|Carter and Madeline Blessing
|Kathy Macdonald and Duncan Brown
||Phyllis Gibson, Village Church member planting bulbs
|Laurel and Henry Lyle