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Daffodils to be planted along Boston Marathon route

Daffodils will be planted around the 26.2 miles that make up the Boston Marathon route. (Credit: Reuters) Daffodils will be planted around the 26.2 miles that make up the Boston Marathon route.
Credit: Reuters

The 26.2 miles that make up the Boston Marathon route will soon be adorned with flowers that represent a new start through theMarathon Daffodils project.

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 the initiative, according to a statement from the organizers, the Boston Globe reported.

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

Abbott added that daffodils are the perfect choice because they will bloom next spring during the 2014 marathon, and because their vivid yellow color is the same as the marathon's.

The group is asking for volunteers to assist in the planting from October through December. A total of $26,500 is needed to raise funds for the flowers, which cost about $1,000 per mile.

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