US (NY): Baiting Hollow grower proposes planting a million daffodils

A Baiting Hollow grower has pitched a plan to plant daffodils along Sound Avenue in an effort to beautify the town. The stunning display would “help put Riverhead on the map,” Jack Van de Wetering of Ivy Acres in Baiting Hollow told the Riverhead Town Board at its work session Thursday.

Van de Wetering said he could get the town a great deal on daffodil bulbs for the beautification project. A native of Holland, Van de Wetering, said he would go there to place orders for the town with growers there.

Van de Wetering said similar beautification efforts had been made in Babylon and Huntington. He wants the flowers — which he said grow back every year and multiply very easily — to eventually be on the right-of-way of major roads all through the North Fork, including state and county roads.

However, there could be problems with executing his vision.

Van de Wetering proposed that the highway department plant the flowers. But Highway Superintendent Mike Zaleski, who was not at the work session, said in an interview that he is in favor of the proposal, with what little information he has.


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