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The Bristol Garden Club, with the Town of Bristol’s cooperation and support, plans to enhance our town’s natural beauty by facilitating, encouraging and promoting the planting of thousands of daffodils. This multiple year project began September, 2020. Our effort was inspired by Newport’s Daffodilian Project which has, to date, planted over 1,000,000 daffodils in and around Newport. We envision a pathway of golden yellow daffodils winding through public and private lands throughout our town as well.

Suitable public sites for daffodils will be identified by the town. New plantings in these areas as well as in Bristol’s private gardens and business locations will complement established displays such as Blithewold’s glorious annual array of nearly 100,000 bulbs, and Bristol Merchants’ Association’s “Daffodil Days.” A massive flush of cheerful color at numerous additional sites all around town will add measurably to attractions currently available to residents and tourists in early spring.

Initial funding from the Bristol Garden Club, the Town of Bristol and private donations are making available 1,000 King Alfred daffodil bulbs for purchase by residents, organizations, and businesses for immediate planting on properties in Bristol. Blooms will first appeared in Spring, 2021 and should become more numerous each year. Bulbs may be purchased from the Bristol Garden Club at $3.00 for bags of 10; $5 for 20. Supplies are very limited and are expected to sell out quickly.

How to Plant

Planting Guide

Select a site that offers full sun or part shade. Most daffodils tolerate a range of soils but grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is moist during the growing season. The daffodil bulbs you received from us are the cultivar known as ‘King Alfred’ or ‘Dutch Master.’

·         Choose a bright, sunny spot.

·         Dig a hole 5” deep.

·         Place 3 bulbs into each hole – pointed ends up.

·         Cover with dirt.

·         Let them hibernate for the fall and winter.

·         Come next April, enjoy!

·         Allow the plants to grow until they die off. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulbs for next year’s bloom.

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