New York University and New Yorkers for Parks partner to host second daffodil planting in Greenwich Village.

Daffodils in Washington Square Village

New York University and New Yorkers for Parks have been partnering to bring daffodils to the Greenwich Village community. The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11. With nearly six million free bulbs planted citywide by more than 100,000 young students, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers and other New Yorkers, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history.

Bringing in nursery school children from Creative Steps Early Care & Education Center, a program of University Settlement that is based here at Washington Square Village, they plant 1500 daffodil bulbs in the community with both educational and environmental benefits.

“I'm delighted that NYU is once again partnering with the New Yorkers for Parks's Daffodil Project which distributes free daffodils every fall to be planted in NYC's  public open spaces in remembrance of 9/11," said NYU Grounds Manager, George Reis.  "It's an honor to work with the organization responsible for making the daffodil NYU'S official flower. This year we're planting 1500 daffodil bulbs in plantbeds on Bleecker Street where passers-by will see them bloom next spring. Daffodils are a great choice for urban gardens as they come back and multiply every year, never need supplemental watering, and the squirrels don't bother them.”

  • WHAT: Planting 1500 daffodil bulbs in Greenwich Village.
  • WHEN: November 10th, 2016 at 10:00am.
  • WHERE: Volunteer can meet outside 3 Washington Square Village. The bulbs will be planted in the Bleecker Street open spaces and plant beds on the north and south sides of Bleecker Street between Mercer and LaGuardia.

“New Yorkers for Parks is very happy to partner with NYU in bringing the Daffodil Project to the campus and Greenwich Village community,” said Tupper Thomas, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks. “Since the project began in 2001, New Yorkers for Parks has distributed over six million daffodil bulbs across the New York City and engaged over 100,000 volunteers. We couldn’t have achieved this without the help of organizations like NYU, whose participation embodies the spirit of the project – caring for their community through shared stewardship of open spaces.”

The event was also sponsored by NYU Faculty Housing Community Events.

About New Yorkers for Parks
For over 100 years New Yorkers for Parks has been the independent champion for quality parks and open space for all New Yorkers. Through our research, advocacy, and the Daffodil Project, we work with communities and elected officials to create and preserve quality open space across the city. To learn more visit us at


New Yorkers for Parks join NYU, PS 41 & PS 3, and Ernst & Young in planting daffodil bulbs on the West 3rd Street nature strip in Greenwich Village, October 30, 2009.

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