Tupelo needs daffodil help

TUPELO – Some 50,000 daffodils will bloom along Veterans Boulevard this coming spring, but before that happens, someone needs to plant them.
Volunteers interested in dropping bulbs into the earth Saturday are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. at Veteran’s Park to help with the massive project.
The first 50 people to arrive will receive free T-shirts commemorating the third annual daffodil project, funded by the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee.
The committee bought the bulbs for $10,000 with money collected through the voluntary Tupelo Water & Light round-up program.
In the first two years, daffodils were planted along McCullough Boulevard, on the Mississippi Department of Transportation hill on North Gloster Street and in the historic downtown Mill Village neighborhood.
This year, all the bulbs will go along Veterans Boulevard and in Veteran’s Park, said Sherrie Cochran, city environmentalist and the committee’s municipal liaison.
They’ll bloom in March and feature a variety of colors, including reds, yellows and whites.
“The importance of the daffodil project starts with community togetherness,” said Reggie Rose, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Neighborhoods and a project volunteer. “There will be beautiful color on a main thoroughfare every year, which is a good expression of how the community works together.”
Neighborhood associations also can take up to 500 bulbs to plant in their own districts. Pickup time for those bulbs are 9-11 a.m. today at Veteran’s Park.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

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