October 27, By Tara Law
Volunteers will be planting 6,300 tulip and daffodil bulbs in Hunters Point South Park and Gantry Plaza State Park on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The 3rd annual Long Island City Bulb Fest, organized by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, is set to be the group’s biggest planting yet. The event began two years ago with only 3,500 bulbs.
Plant and flower company Van Zyverden donated bulbs to the conversancy that were left over from the fall planting season.
Rob Basch, president of the conservancy, said that he hopes at least 50 people will volunteer since there are so many bulbs to plant this year.
“The park is beautiful, and it’s great to be outdoors and to do something constructive that adds to the beauty of the park,” Basch said. He said that its particularly rewarding come March when the flowers begin to sprout.
Basch said that children enjoy digging and helping to plant the bulbs. For young kids, he said, watching the flowers develop can be a “science experiment.”
There will also be face painting for the kids at the event.
Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and layers of clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty.
Light refreshments will be provided by the LIC Landing cafe, which is run by COFFEED.
The event will take place on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, with a rain date scheduled for Nov. 5th. Volunteers are advised to enter at 51st Avenue and Center Boulevard and to join the group at the train tracks.
Bulbs will be planted at Gantry Plaza State Park near the Pepsi sign and the park’s Adirondack chairs. In Hunter’s Point South Park, the bulbs will be planted near the water, the docks and the dog run.