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Daffodil plantings to line Boston Marathon route

Top horticultural organizations, with the help of volunteers, will plant yellow daffodils along the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route in coming months as a message of rebirth and hope.

The collaboration, known as Marathon Daffodils, seeks to raise $26,500, about $1,000 per mile, to plant the daffodils and preserve the spirit of the Marathon, organizer Diane Valle said.

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The Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, New England Wild Flower Society, Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, the town of Brookline, and the Charles River Conservancy are among those participating, the statement said.

“We believe Marathon Daffodils represent spring and birth,” Kathy Abbott of Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston said in the statement.

The group is asking for volunteers to help plant the daffodils from October to December.

Valle said she chose daffodils because they will bloom around the time of the 2014 Marathon. Donations can be sent to the Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St., Charlestown.

Melissa can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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