MONTVILLE, NJ - When driving around Towaco, you may have noticed the roadside, thick with daffodil flowers. Alongside the train station, you may have noticed the new banners.
“The Towaco Civic Association started the project two years ago with the idea of beautifying Towaco,” explains TCA President Kim Bott. “We also wanted to start offering a scholarship for Montville Township High School seniors who have an exemplary community service record. Last spring we awarded the first scholarship to Paul Romeo.”
The project is supported through donations from the public and TCA members. The first $500 goes toward the scholarship fund and the rest is used to purchase daffodil bulbs. Condurso's Garden Center also made daffodil donations.
“The first year we planted bulbs at the entrance to the Towaco train station, by the Towaco firehouse sign, and along Route 202 near Barney Road,” says Bott. “The bulbs along Route 202 did not come up well, so we'll have to plant them again. This past fall, 700 bulbs were planted along Whitehall Road near Canal Road and are blooming now.
“Our past TCA secretary, Joan Richmond, was very enthusiastic about this project. She called it the ‘yellowing of Towaco.’ Sadly, Joan passed away last March before seeing any of the flowers in bloom. I think of her when I see the flowers,” says Bott. “In the future we'd like to expand the program, by giving bulbs to volunteer organizations who will plant them in town.
The TCA also purchased five "Welcome to Towaco" daffodil banners that are hanging along Route 202 in front of the train station.
“As long as people support the project, we will continue to plant bulbs in different areas of Towaco each fall so that everyone who drives through Towaco each spring can enjoy them! I am very thankful to all our TCA members who support this project and so happy that people enjoy seeing the flowers,” says Bott.
Donations to the Towaco Civic Association’s Daffodil Project and Scholarship Fund can be made by clicking HERE.