Downtown Daffodil Project
What: 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.
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 have been planted to date, and the 2017 expansion now brings the Downtown daffodil total to 240,000.
2017 also features the inaugural Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K, a race and fun run to raise awareness and funds for the Downtown Daffodil Project.
Who: Central Atlanta Progress and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, in conjunction with Am Yisrael Chai!, a non-profit Holocaust Education and Awareness Organization.
Where: Various locations throughout Downtown Atlanta. For an interactive map of the locations of the planted daffodils, click here.
Why: The daffodils planted throughout Downtown serve to beautify the community in a meaningful and purposeful way, representing the 1.5 million children who died in Nazi-occupied Europe and bringing awareness to those currently suffering human rights crises throughout the world.
When: There are two main events that occur as a part of the Downtown Daffodil Project each season – the symbolic planting of daffodil bulbs in the winter and the blooming of the flowers in the Spring.
Downtown Daffodil Celebration
In support of the Daffodil Project, the Daffodil Celebration takes place in Downtown Atlanta every March. Partners include Oakland Cemetery, the Georgia Daffodil Society, Relay Bike Share, PEDS Atlanta, and Downtown hotels and dining establishments. Stay tuned for 2018 Celebration details!
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!
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.
The Downtown Daffodil Project is celebrating continued growth in its 2016-2017 season. With a planting of 65,000 new bulbs, Downtown daffodils now total 240,000. An exciting addition to the Downtown Daffodil Project is the inaugural Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K, a race and fun run taking place on Saturday, November 11. Learn more and register for the race here.