Soon daffodils will be peeking through the winter soil, many planted by Bucks Beautiful, which has plant more than a million daffodils around Bucks County.
Just last fall, Bucks Beautiful planted 40,000 daffodil bulbs. In partnership with Gale Nurseries Inc., the perennial bulbs were planted at five locations in October.
Kutz Elementary School in Doylestown received 10,000 bulbs to memorialize former student Dominic Liples, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016.
The “Daffodils for Dominic” planting on Oct. 4 was to have taken place last year to coincide with what would have been his graduation from the school in June 2021 but had to be postponed because of the pandemic. Students, staff, friends and family members participated by hand planting 500 daffodils in honor of Dominic around the school flagpole.
Five thousand bulbs now encircle the native trees, which Bucks Beautiful previously planted, at Lions’ Pride Park in Warrington. The 47-acre public park was developed through a collaboration between the township, the club and the community. Bulbs were planted on Oct. 11.
Bulb plantings at Pine Run Retirement Community have been so well received that it’s become an annual tradition underwritten by Bucks Beautiful co-founders Jack and Carol McCaughan. The combined 15,000 blooms will be a cheerful display for residents and visitors alike this spring. Bulbs were planted on Oct. 18.
Ten thousand bulbs were installed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Oct. 18 in remembrance of supporters’ loved ones. The flowers will grace the grounds directly opposite those at Pine Run, creating an impressive sight for anyone driving along Ferry Road in spring.
Chuck and Barbara Gale sponsored 10,000 bulbs that were planted on Oct. 11 at The Tileworks of Bucks County, built in 1898 by Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer’s artistic tiles were sought out by leading architects to decorate public and private buildings. This planting will pay homage to one of the most important proponents of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in Bucks County.