Friday, Oct. 18 - RUTLAND - With thoughts of bright springtime
flowers, Rutland Blooms is looking for volunteers to help plant
nearly10,000 daffodil bulbs this fall.
"We'll be creating two 'rivers of flowers,' one along Woodstock
Avenue at Rutland High School, the other on West Street," said
Steve Costello of Green Mountain Power, which started Rutland
Blooms this spring. "Next spring, these two gateways to the city
will provide a bright, flowering welcome to everyone who
Volunteers with a willingness to do a little bit of work - green
thumbs not essential - are being sought to help with the planting,
which will include GMP volunteers in collaboration with the
Downtown Rutland Partnership, the City of Rutland, Rutland Schools,
College of St. Joseph, Castleton College, Rutland Cemetery
Commission, and Rotella Building Supply. Some bulbs are
also being donated to the Rutland Garden Club and the cemetery
"With thousands of bulbs to plant, we are looking for anyone
interested in gardening, or just helping beautify Rutland,"
Costello said. "No particular skill is necessary - just a desire to
be part of something special."
The bulbs are Dutch Master Daffodils, traditional yellow flowers
with large trumpet-shaped centers surrounded by pointed petals, on
sturdy green stems. Blooms arrive in mid-spring, and have a
reputation for sturdiness and the ability to spread continually.
Dutch Master is considered by many gardeners to be the best
daffodil available. Their breeding roots go back 100 years.
Wildflowers will be planted around the bulbs so the wildflowers
will grow up around the daffodils after the flowers die off late
"Daffodils are really easy to plant and they thrive in just
about any soil so long as it drains well," said Karen Hill, who is
helping coordinate the project. "They are beautiful flowers and
will come back year after year, expanding as much as they are
allowed, so the 10,000 bulbs we plant this year will turn into tens
of thousands of flowers over the coming years."
Rutland Blooms and the daffodil purchase are supported by
donations from numerous companies and individuals. More than 50
organizations have been involved in Rutland Blooms, which is a
grassroots beautification effort. Each organization has
determined its role.
Anyone interested in helping plant the bulbs, which will be done
from 12-noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18, contact Chuck 770-4088 or