Daffodil project gears up for second year

TUPELO – Downtown’s Mill Village will explode with color come spring when 50,000 new daffodils open their blooms.
The historic neighborhood was selected to receive the daffodil bulbs in the second year of an ongoing effort to plant one million of the flowers throughout Tupelo.
“This is going to be a legacy,” said Doyce Deas, a former city councilwoman who championed the project. “It will be beautiful for years to come.”
Deas pitched the project last year to the city’s Quality of Life Committee, which donated $20,000 to purchase 100,000 bulbs. Those were planted along McCullough Boulevard and on North Gloster Street near the MDOT headquarters and bloomed this spring.
This year the committee granted $10,000 to buy 50,000 bulbs. They arrived at City Hall on Tuesday and will be planted along South Spring Street and on a triangular patch of land bordering Spring and Elizabeth streets.
“All of them will be in Mill Village this year,” said city Environmental Planner Sherrie Cochran, who is spearheading the project for the city. “We’re trying to fight the blight there. It’s the first neighborhood before an industrial area. We’re trying to make the gateway to Mill Village better looking.”
Bulbs will go in the ground Nov. 21, but the city needs volunteers to help. The work will be split into two shifts, and the first 50 people to sign up will receive free T-shirts commemorating the event.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Volunteers needed
To help plant 50,000 daffodil bulbs Saturday, Nov. 21, in Mill Village, call city Environmental Planner Sherrie Cochran at (662) 841-6520. The first 50 people to sign up receive free T-shirts. Please call by Nov. 18.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal