Project to plant daffodils, symbol of hope, all along the Boston Marathon route

Top horticultural organizations with the help of volunteers have created Marathon Daffodils, a project that will plant the yellow flowers all along the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route, officials said.

The collaboration is trying to raise $26,500 to plant the daffodils and preserve the spirit of the Marathon, Diane Valle, Marathon Daffodils organizer, said in a statement. Although the Marathon route is 26.2 miles, Valle and volunteers plan to plant the daffodils for at least 26.5 miles, if not more.

The Tower Hill Botanic Garden, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, New England Wildflower Society, the Garden Club Federation, the town of Brookline, the Charles River Conservancy, and others have agreed to participate in this new event, planting flowers from Hopkinton to Boston, the statement said.

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“We believe Marathon Daffodils represent spring and birth,” said Kathy Abbott of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in the statement. “This is a great community building opportunity.”

The group is asking for volunteers of all ages, with or without experience in gardening, to help them plant the daffodils from October to December, the statement said.

Valle said her position as a former chairwoman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and her involvement in community work inspired her to put this event together. She picked daffodils because they will bloom around the time of the 2014 Boston Marathon and because yellow is consistent with the Marathon colors, as well as a symbol of hope and rebirth.

Donations can be sent to the Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St., Charlestown.