Daffodils will once again brighten up Boston and honor health care workers

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
This big bear is with the daffodils at the Tufts New England Medical Center.

Marathon Daffodils is continuing its tradition of welcoming spring and the Boston Marathon for the eighth year by distributing thousands of daffodils throughout the city.

Last year, due the pandemic and the fact that the Boston Marathon wasn’t held during its traditional Patriots Day time, the Marathon Daffodils were distributed to Boston healthcare workers and throughout the city.

These daffodils were outside of Massachusetts General Hospital last year, placed around in the shape of a heart in honor of the medical workers.

This year, Marathon Daffodils will once again be distributed to the healthcare workers again and seen throughout Boston from Audubon Circle, Kenmore Square, Back Bay, at the BAA Marathon Finish line in Copley Square, at the Marathon Memorial sites, along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and The Esplanade. They can also be seen adding beauty to the Emerald Necklace and at “The Make Way for Ducklings” statues in the Boston Public Garden as well as on Beacon Hill and Post Office Square.

The daffodils will also be at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to Fort Point Channel and along the Seaport where the “20 Knots: Daffodil for Boston” art installation is displayed, sponsored by WS Development. The flowers can also be seen at the Christopher Columbus Park, the Sam Adams Boston Taproom at Faneuil Hall and in historic Charlestown.

Dominic Manner of Schumacher Landscaping and Katherine Sipolt were among the volunteers to help with last year’s Marathon Daffodils.

According to the Marathon Daffodils organization, “This year, Marathon Daffodils 2021 is the inspiration for Boston’s residents, workers and visitors to come take a walk in Boston over the Patriots Day weekend and celebrate Boston Strong.”

Program founder Diane Valle envisioned Marathon Daffodils as a tribute and collaborates with hundreds of generous donors and volunteers who donate their money, time and energy to add a “cheerful display of yellow daffodils, which welcome the runners, visitors, residents and workers.”

Daffodils can be seen outside Marathon Sports at 671 Boylston St.

“Marathon Daffodils remind us to remember those who lost their lives; to acknowledge those who suffered injuries and those who rushed to their aid; to lift the community spirit and to signify the resilience and strength of our entire Boston Strong community,” said Matthew J. Piscitelli, the Olson Greenhouse grower of the Marathon Daffodils.

“Our goal is to continue to provide this living symbol of hope, spring and rebirth which is important after a year of the coronavirus pandemic” said Clive Olson, Jr, the Marathon Daffodil Vice President.

In October last year, more than 25,000 Dutchmaster daffodil bulbs were imported from Holland, planted in 5,000 pots, and were put into a massive cooler at the Olson Greenhouse in Raynham. The schedule finds that three weeks prior to Marathon Weekend, the bulbs are removed from the cooler, ending their winter-long hibernation and beginning their life as a “Boston Strong Marathon Daffodil.”

The Marathon Daffodils at Olson Greenhouse are getting ready for next week.

On Friday morning, April 16, trucks will be loaded while teams of volunteers gather at a dozen locations throughout Boston, “waiting to receive and deliver the Marathon Daffodils to hospitals greenspaces and locations to celebrate the arrival of spring.”

Marathon Daffodils is supported by many businesses, organizations and individual donors. These include several garden clubs and Massachusetts Master Gardeners.  

“Come take a walk in Boston to see the beautiful, cheerful, yellow Marathon Daffodils; enjoy our great City of Boston, and celebrate this spring tradition while wearing a mask and social distancing,” said Valle.

People can also watch “Path of the Daff," the Marathon Daffodils/Boston Strong documentary at noon on Patriots Day on Boston Neighborhood Network at https://bnnmedia.org.

To learn more about the Marathon Daffodils program, visit online at https://www.marathondaffodils.org.   

Donations can be made through https://www.marathondaffodils.org/donate or sent by mail to Marathon Daffodils, The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129.