Photo by jenspags28 - Daffodil Days in Newport

Newport Daffodil Days and the City of Newport’s Recreation Department today announced that sixty-one intrepid Daffodil Hunters recently calculated the total number of daffodils that have been donated by Daffodillion and planted throughout Newport by Daffodillion.

Daffodil counts were posted at major daffodil fields. By adding them all up, the grand total of 1,213,017 was revealed.

Among all winning entries that received a daffodil pin, a grand prize gift certificate to The Black Dog was then drawn and was awarded to the Lamagna family, Barbara, Ed, and Greg.

“Newport Recreation was thrilled to partner with Daffodillion for the Daffy Hunt and happy to share the beauty of the daffodils and our park spaces with the residents and visitors to our city,” said Carol Murreddu, Program Supervisor in a statement.

Over the past 11 years, Daffodillion has purchased the bulbs from Holland and then donated them to the City and its residents for planting each fall. The 1,213,017 bulbs that bloom each April have a retail value of over $650,000.

“None of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors and the inspiration of the project’s founder, Ronald Lee Fleming and Scott Wheeler, Newport’s Superintendent of Parks, Grounds & Forestry” said John Hirschboeck, Director of Daffodil Days in a statement.

All donations through during this spring go to purchase daffodils bulbs for the annual free bulb giveaway on October 16. The greater the contributions, the more bulbs will be given away.

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