The Daffodil Project, an initiative of Atlanta-based Am Yisrael Chai, planted 2,500 daffodil bulbs in Chastain Park Sunday. The flowers, in honor of children who died during the Holocaust, were planted near the children’s playground at the corner of Chastain Park Avenue and Dudley Lane. The planting effort was a partnership between Temple Sinai, the Chastain Park Conservancy and Am Yisrael Chai.
“This is an important project,” said Rosa McHugh, executive director of the Chastain Park Conservancy. “The beauty of the flower invites people to stop and take a look and to also learn about the importance of The Daffodil Project. It is so meaningful to be able to bring the project to Chastain Park and to become a Daffodil Project site. The worldwide Daffodil Project website includes a map of memorial gardens, including 607,000 daffodils in over 230 locations around the world.
Lynn Redd, president of Temple Sinai, looks forward to the flowering of daffodils this spring. “It was wonderful to partner with Chastain Park Conservancy to support an important worldwide initiative in memory of children who perished in the Holocaust. Fortunately, we were able to participate in a safe, socially distanced manner. We look forward to a beautiful field of yellow daffodils in the spring, symbolizing hope and renewal.”
About 15 members of Temple Sinai’s ATID young adult group in their 20s and 30s participated in the planting, said Samantha Berinsky, Temple Sinai program and engagement manager. “The group was excited about participating in such a beautiful and meaningful project. Hopefully, by the time the daffodils are in bloom, we will be able to enjoy their beauty, and at the same time, enjoy the world’s new and healthier look.”