Having now reached its goal of beautifying Newport with one million daffodils, Daffodillion has announced this will be the last year it will distribute free daffodil bulbs to Aquidneck Islanders.

“With the 1,094,250 daffodils that have been donated and planted the past twelve years and that will bloom for generations to come, there is little need for Daffodillion to continue. Quite frankly, we’ve just about run out of space in Newport!” said Daffodillion Project Director John Hirschboeck in a press release.

Since the next two Saturdays will be the last day for free bulbs, Hirschboeck encourages all who would like to plant this fall at home or in their neighborhood to pick up a bag or two of the Dutch Master daffodil bulbs, two dozen to a bag – a value of over $15 per bag at the following places and times – until supplies last:

·      Easton’s Beach Rotunda from 9am – noon, Saturday, October 19

·      The Middletown Aquidneck Growers Market from 9:00 – Noon, Saturday, October 26

Island-wide community groups and volunteers who would like to plant this fall at schools, churches or City approved public places can receive free bags of 250 bulbs. email Daffodillion@cox.net to arrange delivery.

“This year we purchased 40,000 bulbs for our last give-away, 10,000 of which were distributed in just two hours at the Broadway Street Fair last weekend, so we anticipate they’ll be going fast,” Hirschboeck said. “Donations collected will now go to Newport in Bloom to support their ongoing city beautification efforts.”

For more information on Daffodillion, visit www.Daffodillion.com

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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