Project Bloom gets a boost
KIC volunteer Bob VanDyke with boxes of the bulbs that were delivered to the KIC office.

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Project Bloom gets a boost

Story By: STAFF WRITER
1/11/2018


ISLIP TOWN—Thanks to an extraordinary donation by DutchGrown bulb retailers, Keep Islip Clean volunteers were able to plant nearly 10,000 daffodil bulbs throughout Islip Town.

Fourteen varieties of daffodils, with charming names like Sunny Girlfriend, Ice Follies and Precocious, were delivered to the KIC office after a flower donation request was made to support a beautification project at Islip Beach. “I was hoping for a few hundred bulbs,” said KIC’s executive director Nancy Cochran. “You can imagine my surprise when a UPS truck rolled up and unloaded 35 crates of daffodil bulbs. I’m so grateful for DutchGrown’s amazing generosity,” she added.

KIC commissioners Kathy and Bob VanDyke led a volunteer group, which planted about 3,000 of the bulbs at Islip Beach. The remainder was given to groups throughout Islip, including the West Islip Beautification Society, Common Ground in Sayville, American Legion and community groups in Brentwood, Central Islip and Oakdale.

DutchGrown sells a wide array of flowers, but chose to donate daffodil varieties because they are KIC’s official flower, as featured on the organization’s logo. Islip residents can anticipate a daffodil-enhanced spring, thanks to the volunteers who slipped on gardening gloves, grabbed shovels and planted thousands of bulbs.