Volunteers to plant 2,000 bulbs on Pellissippi Parkway
By Dick Byrd | Daily Times Correspondent
The beautiful daffodils you see along Pellissippi Parkway in the spring have to come from somewhere. And somebody has to plant them.
Keep Blount Beautiful is planning a daffodil bulb-planting day at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pellissippi Parkway-Topside interchange. The organization needs volunteers and funding.
Last year the group planted 1,500 bulbs. This year they hope to plant 2,000 more.
The ongoing project is being done in conjunction with the city of Alcoa. Jeremy Pearson, Alcoa assistant planner, said the Pellissippi Parkway project is just a part of an overall effort to beautify the city’s roads.
The Pellissippi Parkway daffodil beautification project overall is the handiwork of Maria Compere of Knoxville. She has worked for more than 20 years to have daffodils planted along the parkway through the Knoxville Green Association and her Pellissippi Beautification Committee.
Most of the daffodils are in Knox County, all the way north to Oak Ridge Highway. So far the only Blount plantings are at the Topside Road interchange.
KBB Executive Director Charlene DeSha said more daffodil plantings to the east in Blount County await volunteers and funding. The bulbs are purchased through the Pellissippi Beautification Committee.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation backs the effort to beautify the parkway with the spring flowers. TDOT says it will make special effort to avoid cutting the flowering plants during spring grass cutting time.