To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wilton Garden Club’s founding, we embarked on an ambitious beautification campaign to plant 15,000 daffodil bulbs over five years throughout the town of Wilton. This initiative, named Wilton’s “Golden Miles,” will provide weeks of springtime beauty to the town’s residents each year.
As one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, daffodils (Latin name, Narcissus) are deeply symbolic, and are synonymous with the idea of rebirth and new beginnings. They’re resistant to browsing by deer and rodents, and naturalize easily, returning year after year under the right conditions. Given their charm, resilience and message of hope, the daffodils planted through the Golden Miles program will brighten the town’s roadsides and offer an enduring legacy honoring the Club’s 100-year commitment to town beautification.
With 3,500 daffodil bulbs already planted during the fall of 2020 in eight different locations around town, and an additional 3,000 bulbs were planted in the fall of 2021, and another 4,000 bulbs were planted at the Wilton YMCA in the fall of 2022 in honor of its 50th anniversary!! Over 60 Volunteers participated in this community wide event, including representatives from the YMCA, the Wilton Garden Club, ASML, the Wilton Kiwanis Club, and M&T Bank. Special thanks to the Kiwanis Club for their very generous donation to the Wilton Garden Club to help defray much of the expense of the daffodil purchase. Most recently on October 28th, 2023, Wilton Garden Club volunteers, along with friends and family, battled the challenging terrain and planted an additional 2,500 daffodil bulbs along River Road on the hillside of the Glen River Condominium complex. The Club is well on its way toward meeting its goal of 15,000 bulbs planted, only 2,000 more bulbs to plant in 2024!! We carefully selected a blend of daffodil bulbs comprised of early, mid, and late-blooming varieties to ensure the display of flowers lasts approximately six weeks each spring. Peak bloom time is in mid-April. We hope you’ll take advantage of our self-guided driving tour so that you can witness our daffodil explosion for yourself.
Click here for driving directions. To support our future planting efforts please consider making a donation.