Bucks Beautiful nonprofit supporters raised enough funds through events and donations to enable 80,000 daffodil bulbs to be planted this past fall. This tally was double the amount planted in 2021. In partnership with Gale Nurseries Inc., the perennial bulbs were planted at 11 locations across Bucks County.
2022 Planting locations included:
- Planting in memory of New Hope resident and businessman Herb Sandor, longtime friend to Bucks Beautiful. Co-sponsored by Bucks Beautiful and Steve Darlington at the office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors on Lower York Road in New Hope.
- Jamison Elementary School, where Bucks Beautiful planted an array of daffodils, as well as sponsored a Sensory Garden in memory of Renee Ford, a beloved staff member who succumbed to a battle with lung cancer. Students assisted with hand planting a portion of the daffodil bulbs.
- Willow Dale Elementary School in Warminster, where a new generation of students helped plant the bulbs.
- Fifth grade students assisted third grade buddies to plant 250 bulbs to brighten the school yard at Buckingham Elementary.
- Malmark Bellcraftsmen in Plumsteadville supported an installation on their grounds. The blooms will brighten the 611 corridor at the location of this harmonious third-generation family business.
- The prior phases at Doylestown’s Pine Run Retirement Community were so well received that it’s become an annual tradition graciously underwritten by Bucks Beautiful co-founders Jack and Carol McCaughan. In 2022, Bob and Alice Vernon co-sponsored additional bulbs, creating a combined 25,000 blooms that will be a cheerful display for residents and visitors alike this spring.
- Bulbs were cultivated opposite Doylestown’s Borough Hall at the new Broad Commons Park, which contains a playground, picnic area and entertainment space to be added later.
- Jack and Carol McCaughan also endowed a planting to grace the grounds of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown.
- Daffodils accompanied the 50 native trees that Bucks Beautiful donated in May to Buckingham Township’s George M. Bush Park. This popular public park was developed through a collaboration between the township, the Lion’s Club and the community.
- Snipes Farm and Education Center, a nonprofit organization in Morrisville that prioritizes the preservation of small farms, open space, healthy food and sustaining the Earth and its natural resources.
- Morrisville’s Patriot Park and Historic Summerseat, once home to signors of the Declaration of Independence, and of the Constitution, and a Revolutionary War headquarters for George Washington. This passive park benefits residents and compliments this important destination for heritage tourism.
Bucks Beautiful is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that beautifies Bucks County. The Bulbs for Bucks Program was the inspiration of board member Chuck Gale, to beautify Bucks County at key locations with the first splendor of spring: blooming daffodils. Chuck says, “I like the idea of planting daffodils because the bulbs multiply each year, and the project is long-lasting for future generations to enjoy. To my knowledge, this is the largest bulb planting project in the state of Pennsylvania.”
Since the Bulbs initiative debuted in 2010, more than 1.6 million daffodil bulbs were established throughout the county.
To donate bulbs in tribute to a hero, relative, friend or in memory of a loved one, visit BucksBeautiful.org or call 215.340.3639.
In addition to Bulbs for Bucks, the group's reforestation initiative, RePlant Bucks, is restoring the local tree canopy. They also sponsor educational programs, community gardens and pop-up parks. Members and donations allow them to install indigenous trees, support new school outdoor classrooms designed with native plantings, and create beautiful plantings at nursing homes, parks, museums and war memorials.