Have you ever been driving down the Trans Canada Highway between Chilliwack and Vancouver and wondered who planted the daffodils?
I wonder what year it was? I wonder if they were planted to celebrate Canada's 100th year in 1967?
Does anyone know? One day when I have more time, I will have to do a search in my Mom's journals to see if she noted it.
My Dad was one of the Abbotsford Department of Highways crew that planted the daffodils that brighten up the cloverleafs and medians between the east and west bound lanes.
For those of you who have grown up in Abbotsford you may remember the Department of Highways Yard, situated on the corner of Gladwin and South Fraserway.
He worked there in the 60's and 70's and because we were a one car family for many years, I have many memories of waiting for him to finish work and taking that time to practice long division.
One Fall he brought a bag of daffodil bulbs home and told my Mom that they were given the left over bulbs. Probably at some point the daffodil bulb diggers were told to resume their regular work of road maintenance.
Every year after that we had a nice row of daffodils that came up behind our garage.
My Dad took great pleasure in seeing those daffodils and every spring I am reminded of my Dad who brought my Mom flowers and corsages for special occasions and lots of non-occasions.
Edited to add this information from the link that Anneliese found and then offered in the comments.
Thank you Anneliese!!
First phase of Highway 401 beautification project was completed at the end of October, under the supervision of Mike Pope, Landscape Supervisor, Maintenance Branch, the planting of 131/2 tons of daffodil bulbs along freeway between Chilliwack and Vancouver, a total of 175.000 to 180,000 bulbs. Bridge District, New Westminster District. and Chilliwack District personnel did the planting with a two-man power auger and farm tractors with augers. Art Regier. Abbotsford maintenance crew, left, and Jerry Wheeler.
Co-ordination of the work was by Ian McI.ennan of the Bridge District.
all for now...