With hopes of lifting people’s spirits as we emerge from a pandemic year, the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles has announced a new initiative to enhance the natural beauty of St. Charles and to help signify its rejuvenation in the spring of 2021.
It’s called “Project Daffodil,” and its organizers are hoping to get as many people as possible to take part in planting a “spring spectacle.”
Thanks to the support of Heinz Brothers Greenhouse & Garden Center and the St. Charles Park District, RCF is seeking volunteers to help plant 5,000 daffodils along the western edge of Mount St. Mary Park and the adjoining bike trail in St. Charles.
John Rabchuk of the River Corridor Foundation said daffodils have been a traditional symbol of rebirth and rejuvenation,
“Our hope is that this will become an annual event resulting in 100,000 blossoms each spring along this gateway to the city we love and enjoy, ” he said. “We plan to add some native plantings such as bluebells to the planting area in future years, which should work very nicely with the varieties of naturalized daffodils that we will be planting.”
The floral bouquet will appear for roughly six to eight weeks each spring and be centered around the popular Mr. Eggward sculpture in Mount St. Mary Park.
“This mass planting effort is ideally suited to signal a new beginning in 2021 following the COVID-19 impact on our community in 2020, ” Rabchuk said. “Our hope is that as these blossoms appear in the Spring of 2021, they will bring some much-needed smiles to our community and a sense of pride to those who participated.”
Interested individuals, organizations and businesses can join the effort through individual donations, sponsorships or volunteering for the planting day on Oct. 17, 2020, said Laurel Moad, River Corridor Foundation secretary and spokesperson.
“Our thanks to True Knack Graphics, The Ivy Academy, Shaw Media, Turning Leaf Landscape and Midwest Compost for their support to bring this project to reality,” she said.
Event details and on-line registration are available at www.projectdaffodilstc.com.
Additional information concerning the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles is available at www.stcrivercorridor.org.