Downtown Daffodil Project & Celebration

Downtown Daffodil Celebration - Feb 15 - March 15

In support of the Daffodil Project, the Daffodil Celebration takes place in Downtown Atlanta every year. We work with community partners to celebrate and raise awareness of this project through events, self-guided tours, and photography contests. Here's what's happening in 2018:

  • Self-guided tours: Use our interactive map of the Daffodil Project planting sites to plan your walk, bike route, or Atlanta Streetcar ride.
  • Daffodil events:
  • Instagram contest: From February 15-March 15, enter for a chance to win a Downtown prize basket. Rules:
    • Post your best picture of the Downtown daffodils
    • Tag @DowntownAtlanta on the picture and in the caption
    • Be sure to use the tag #DowntownDaffodils in the caption
    • Include the location tag of the daffodils in your picture (i.e., daffodils in Woodruff Park, in Oakland Cemetery, in front of the Hilton Atlanta, etc.)

Downtown Daffodil Project Overview

Central Atlanta Progress, in conjunction with Am Yisrael Chai!, produces the annual Downtown Daffodil Project in support of the worldwide Daffodil Project. The 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 and bring awareness to those currently suffering human rights crises throughout the world.

The Downtown Daffodil Project contributes to the worldwide effort by creating a “ribbon of consciousness” between the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the King Center.

In an effort to kick-start the Downtown vision, 20,000 daffodils were planted in 2014 in Woodruff Park, the city’s historic center. In late 2014, an additional 90,000 daffodils were planted throughout Downtown Atlanta, resulting in over 100,000 daffodils in bloom throughout Downtown in spring 2015. In 2016, over 175,000 daffodils were planted, and the 2017 expansion brought the Downtown daffodil total to 240,000. In 2018, the Project continues to grow, now at 275,000 daffodils across the center city. 2017 also featured the inaugural Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K, a race and fun run to raise awareness and funds for the Downtown Daffodil Project. Stay tuned for details about the 2018 race.

Read about the Daffodil Project and its founder in this feature by Gather Good: Atlanta’s Daffodil Plantings Commemorate International Holocaust Memorial

Daffodil Planting Timeline

View the Map of Daffodil Planting Sites

2018 Expansion

30,000 more daffodil bulbs were planted in the 2017-2018 planting season, and Downtowners will be able to enjoy the blooming of 275,000 daffodils this spring. The Downtown Daffodil Celebration will be observed February 15-March 15, and the Downtown Daffodil Dash will make its return this fall, date TBA.

2017 Expansion

The Downtown Daffodil Project is celebrating continued growth in its 2016-2017 season. With a planting of 65,000 new bulbs, Downtown daffodils totaled 240,000. An exciting addition to the Downtown Daffodil Project was the inaugural Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K, a race and fun run that took place on November 11.

View pictures from the race here.

2016 Expansion

The Downtown Daffodil Project will continue to grow and bloom in 2016. On January 24, 40 volunteers planted 2,000 daffodil bulbs at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. So far, over 175,00 daffodils have been planted in Downtown Atlanta.

From the AJC: Atlanta group plants daffodils Downtown to spread Holocaust awareness

2014 Ceremonial Planting

The Downtown Daffodil Project is a wonderful beautification project with meaning and purpose. On December 7, 2014, over 60 volunteers joined the Downtown Daffodil Project in planting a portion of the 110,000 daffodils that will bloom in early Spring 2015.

See photos of our volunteers - thank you!