Coming soon: One million blooming daffodils

After a cold and snowy winter, many of us are ready for spring to bloom. And when we think of spring in Bucks County, it conjures up images of blooming golden daffodils thanks to the Bucks Beautiful “Bulbs for Bucks” program. 

The “Bulbs for Bucks” program was the inspiration of Bucks Beautiful board member Chuck Gale. The goal of this program is to beautify Bucks County along the canals, highways, byways and throughout small towns and communities with the first splendor of spring blooming daffodils!

The “Bulbs for Bucks” Program is a key beautification initiative throughout Bucks County supported by caring community members. They are in their fifth year of this program and have already planted 750,000 bulbs. 

The first phase of “Bulbs for Bucks” debuted in the fall of 2010, when 40,000 daffodil bulbs were planted along the Route 611 Bypass near Doylestown. During phase II in 2011, called “Color on the Canal,” 300,000 daffodil bulbs were planted from Bristol to Riegelsville along the towpath of the Delaware Canal State Park. In 2012, phase III was called “Color on the Parkway,” where 170,000 daffodil bulbs were planted along the new Route 202 Parkway spanning a nine-mile stretch of land from Doylestown to Montgomeryville. And last year the phase IV planting was called “Color Our Towns,” and consisted of 250,000 bulbs planted within Newtown, Perkasie, and Bensalem. This year, phase V is called “Color Bucks County,” and your contribution will help plant the remaining 250,000 bulbs, reaching one million daffodils.

Buy a “Bulbs for Bucks” magnet for $10 on the Bucks Beautiful website to support this daffodil imitative. For every magnet sold, they will plant 58 daffodil bulbs along the highways, byways, parks, canals and in towns and communities in Bucks County. In appreciation for your contribution, you will be entered to win a special daffodil package designed by Joyce Byers, featuring Byers’ Choice 2014 Spring Daffodil Collection including Woman with Daffodils, Boy with Daffodils, Girl with Daffodils, Black Lab with Daffodils. Mary Lake-Thompson designed Daffodil collection apron, kitchen towels and teapot.

Go to www.bucksbeautiful.org to get your magnet and be entered to win! A winner will be drawn on May 1st and will be notified via e-mail.  Thanks for helping to beautify Bucks County.

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Bucks Beautiful

Bucks Beautiful was founded in 1990 by Robert and Joyce Byers and Jack and Carol McCaughan to enhance the world fame of Bucks by promoting gardens in communities, towns, along roads, business premises and private homes.

Bucks Beautiful is a county-wide organization that makes a difference to the residents of Bucks County and the economic viability of the local businesses by developing gardens and community enhancements that make Bucks County a more attractive place to live and more inviting to tourists. With its educational partners, Bucks Beautiful initiatives teach future generations of children to engage them with horticulture. By working together, Bucks Beautiful seeks to develop sustainable landscapes that are not only attractive, but will support and foster a healthier environment. 

Upcoming events are:

Bulbs for Bucks

The objective is to locate broad drifts of daffodils at key locations throughout Bucks County. In four years Bucks Beautiful has planted over 750,000 daffodil bulbs. Thanks to this program, Bucks County has been acknowledged as one of the must see places by the National Daffodil Society. You can support Bucks Beautiful and join them for the annual “Spring Fling” scheduled for Friday April 11th.

The Kitchen & Garden Tour

Each year Bucks Beautiful features distinctive gardens and kitchens in the Doylestown area. Last year it included antique autos and a raffle for fabulous plants. Penn State Master Gardeners are available to answer horticultural questions. This year it will offer a fall tour, an afternoon tea, and extending the tour “Beyond the Borough.” Selected venders will supply some rare treats for garden enthusiasts.

Bucks Beautiful is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contact them at Bucks Beautiful, 85 E. State Street. Doylestown, PA 18901, phone #: 215-340-3639; fax: 215-345-4324; e-mail: bucksbeautiful@yahoo.com.

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