Ithaca Garden Club’s and Ithaca Children’s Garden’s Inaugural Daffodil Dash Slated for Earth Day
January, 2023 – The 100-year-old Ithaca Garden Club and the much beloved Ithaca Children’s Garden have teamed up to celebrate what will be proclaimed by the City of Ithaca as Daffodil Week and to encourage families and individuals of all ages and stages to get out and enjoy the beauty of springtime. The banner event of the week takes place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 and is the inaugural Daffodil Dash 5K and 1-mile run/walk where participants will be delighted at the sight of almost 90,000 blooming daffodils planted along the Cayuga Inlet by the Ithaca Garden Club’s Daff-A-Dazzle community-wide project team. The trail of daffodils, coupled with the springtime blooms found in the Bulb Labyrinth Memorial Garden inside the Ithaca Children’s Garden, will mean individuals of all ages and stages will be able to run, walk, roll or stroll through the only local race where it’s okay to stop… and smell the flowers.
In an effort to encourage broad participation, there will be no entrance fee this year, however, registration is required and the number of entries will be capped at 500 to ensure safe strides and clear views along the down-and-back course. T-shirts will be given to all registered participants aged 12 and under or 70 and over as well as anyone who makes a donation of at least $25 towards incremental daffodil bulb plantings. Each dollar raised will equal at least two additional bulbs in the ground! The Daffodil Dash coordinators say they are hoping this year’s event attendees go all out in celebration of Earth Day, National Garden Month and the month of reawakening. “Other similar events around the globe have resulted in very clever costumes and decorations which we would be delighted to see,” said Ithaca Garden Club president, Diane Childs. “At the very least we’re hopeful most participants choose to bring a little sunshine to the event by wearing yellow.” More information regarding sponsorships and sign-ups for the inaugural Daffodil Dash as well as the ongoing beautification efforts of the Ithaca Garden Club and the Ithaca Children’s Garden can be found by visiting www.ithacagardenclub.org and www.ithacachildrensgarden.org respectively.
# # # About the plantings: Dr. Bill Miller, Cornell University Professor of Horticulture and Research at the School of Integrative Plant Science and Ithaca City Forester, Jeanne Grace have also participated in the planning and have guided the Ithaca Garden Club in the placement and physical planting of 87,250 bulbs and 75 crabapple trees currently planted along Ithaca’s Waterfront Trail. The Club’s current project, “Daff-a-Dazzle” has received an incredible boost from Professor Miller’s unique planting machine that can plant 8,000 bulbs in just 11 minutes.