A socially conscious beautification project
We consider February 15-March 15 to be Downtown Atlanta’s “daffodil season.” You may have noticed the beautiful yellow blooms that fill our community, but you may not have known that these plantings are both significant and symbolic, comprising the Downtown Daffodil Project.
Photo by Justin Chan
Produced by Am Yisrael Chai!, the worldwide Daffodil Project aims to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember and represent the one and a half million children who died in Nazi-occupied Europe and bring awareness to those currently suffering human rights crises throughout the world.
Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District committed to being a Daffodil Project partner in 2014, when we hosted a ceremonial planting of 20,000 daffodil bulbs in Woodruff Park.
Year by year, we have grown the Downtown Daffodil Project to over 275,000 bulbs planted across Downtown Atlanta, creating a “ribbon of consciousness” from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the King Historic District.
In 2017 and 2018, we took our efforts a step further by hosting the Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K, each year featuring 100 runners and walkers on a route that began and ended in Woodruff Park. After the race, participants were able to plant their own daffodil bulb in the park’s new Daffodil Remembrance Garden or in their home garden.
// We invite you to share the story of the daffodils with your fellow Downtowners, as well as enjoy the planting sites – view an interactive map of them here.
BONUS: Attend Daffodil Day at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, March 2. This free event will feature beautiful displays, garden experts, and fun activities for all ages in Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian gardens. Free and open to the public.