Marathon Daffodils is now joining with WS Development and its Boston Seaport neighborhood, as well as Olson's Greenhouse and Cityscapes to distribute thousands of flowers to participating hospitals, including Massachusetts General, The Boston Convention and Exposition Center Field Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital and others.
It’s become a tradition. For the past six years, through the work of Marathon Daffodils, daffodils have lined the BAA Marathon route and throughout the city to celebrate the runners and acknowledge the resilience and strength of the entire Boston Strong Community.
But this year’s devastating pandemic and cancellation of the Marathon has meant the Marathon Daffodils will not be planted along the route.
Instead, this year “thousands of potted daffodils will be placed outside hospitals on April 17th throughout the Boston area to show our gratitude and support for our front-line medical workers who have courageously been working to save lives and keep Boston Strong,” said Diane Valle, organizer of Marathon Daffodils.
Marathon Daffodils is now joining with WS Development and its Boston Seaport neighborhood, as well as Olson’s Greenhouse and Cityscapes to distribute thousands of flowers to participating hospitals, including Massachusetts General, The Boston Convention and Exposition Center Field Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital and others. The distribution will take place on Friday, April 17 – the start of what would have been the original 2020 Marathon Weekend.
This year, in confronting COVID-19 and the postponement of the Boston Marathon, WS Development and Boston’s Seaport, which for the last three years have partnered with Marathon Daffodils to bring flowers to the Seaport neighborhood, approached Marathon Daffodils about donating their blooms to those on the front lines in a gesture of deep gratitude and support. The effort blossomed from there.
“Daffodils are a universal symbol of rebirth and new beginnings. Here in Boston, thanks to Marathon Daffodils, they have come to mean even more – they are a powerful signal of Boston’s strength, hope and resiliency. As we confront this pandemic, we are forever indebted to the medical workers who are so courageously serving our city. We hope this gesture will brighten their days and serve as a token of our appreciation for their work,” says Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President, Seaport at WS Development.
Marathon Daffodils plans to plant any remaining bulbs in September, which will bloom in the ground for the arrival of the BAA Marathon 2021.
Boston Seaport x Marathon Daffodils Window & Door “Garden”
Marathon Daffodils and Seaport will provide a single coloring book page of a daffodil and hope residents throughout the city of Boston will color the daffodil and display it in their home windows and on their doors. The coloring book page will be available for download on Seaport’s website, bostonseaport.xyz, and via its social channels, @seaportbos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Please consider contributing. Each year, the Marathon Daffodils rely on sponsors and individuals for donations, which this year will fall short.
Donate now at https://www.marathondaffodils.org/donate.
Watch the Marathon Daffodils story
Watch PATH of the DAFF award -winning documentary trailer about Marathon Daffodils and the remarkable Boston Strong Story. You can see it at https://www.pathodthedaff.com/trailer.
For further information and contact:
Marathon Daffodils Organizer Diane Valle at 617-791-5663 firstname.lastname@example.org.