By JB Clark
TUPELO – Residents gathered Saturday morning for the fifth-straight winter to plant thousands of daffodil bulbs, this year along the Nature Bend Music Trail on Veterans Boulevard.
Representatives from Mitchell Distributing, Modern Woodmen of America, Anheuser-Busch and many dedicated residents planted the flowers along the trail head.
Modern Woodmen of America volunteers also planted redbud trees.
“These trees are native and will bloom in the spring with the daffodils and have a little purple flower grow out of the bark,” said Sherrie Cochran, environmental planner for the city of Tupelo and executive director of Keep Tupelo Beautiful. “It’s really funky cool. The idea is, since it’s native and a smaller-stature tree, it is good for small yards. That way it will be an example of things you can use in your yard to help beef up the habitat.”
Donna Stevens of Mitchell Distributing said they brought about 20 volunteers and their families as a part of the company’s environmental project.
“We are supposed to do an environment project this year and I immediately thought about Sherrie and daffodils that pop up in the spring,” Stevens said.
She said representatives from Anheuser-Busch will come back in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom and dedicate a trail-map kiosk they will sponsor in the memory of one of their co-workers, Keith Williams, who recently died.
Cochran said the turnout this year was much better than last year due to much better weather and the participation of the three companies.
The project is possible with a grant from Tupelo’s Quality of Life Committee. More than 250,000 daffodils have been planted around the city during the five years of the project.