Later this month, Wilton residents will be treated to a very special sight around town - large swaths of golden daffodils popping out of the ground along the town\u2019s roadways. The cheerful display will mark the beginning of a new campaign by the Wilton Garden Club to kick off its centennial celebration. Dubbed \u201cWilton\u2019s Golden Miles,\u201d the daffodils are a gift to the town from the Club to commemorate its 100th anniversary. As part of its continuing beautification efforts, the Club plans to enlist the help of the town\u2019s residents, businesses, and local organizations to plant successive waves of daffodils each year. Their goal is to plant 15,000 bulbs over the next five years. As Nancy Greeley, the Club\u2019s President points out, the Club is well on its way to meeting this goal. \u201cWe had just started planning for our centennial celebration last March when the pandemic hit,\u201d she said. \u201cWe were all so down, but then the daffodils started blooming and we had this epiphany of how we could cheer people up and beautify the town at the same time.\u201d Greeley describes how the Club\u2019s planning committee came up with the idea of a \u201cdaffodil explosion\u201d where Club members would plant thousands of daffodil bulbs around town. For inspiration, they looked to New York City\u2019s \u201cDaffodil Project,\u201d begun shortly after 9\/11 to cheer up the wounded city. They were further inspired by a similar project undertaken by the Lewisboro Garden Club a few years later, called the \u201cGolden Roads,\u201d to brighten up the town of South Salem, N.Y. Both daffodil planting projects are still going strong. \u201cWe wanted to keep our project a secret to surprise the community this spring, but word leaked out and the Wilton Kiwanis immediately offered to help out. Not only did they support the project financially so that we could buy bulbs, but they also rounded up a team of the hardest working people I\u2019ve ever seen. Together we planted 1,000 bulbs at the Historical Society and had a great time planting together,\u201d Greeley said. \u201cIt was a wonderful example of two service-based organizations coming together to better the community. Our Club members then went on to plant another 2,500 bulbs. We\u2019re hoping that when the daffodils bloom this spring, the happy splash of color will inspire other organizations and people in the community to join us to help us reach our goal of planting 15,000 bulbs.\u201d In addition to the daffodils, the Club has a number of other events planned for the coming year to celebrate its 100th anniversary. It will be hosting a Daffodil Festival for the community on April 17th followed by its annual Mother\u2019s Day Plant Sale, and a Flower Show at Wilton\u2019s Old Town Hall Sept. 24, and Sept. 25.. Finally, in October, the Club will host a Daffodil Community Day to plant more daffodils in the hope that this Wilton\u2019s Golden Miles initiative will serve as a legacy that brings joy to the community for many years to come. \u201cIt\u2019s remarkable to think that the country had just endured the Spanish Flu back when our Club was founded in 1921, and now here we are today in the midst of another pandemic,\u201d Greeley said. \u201cIt makes me realize just how much our members today have in common with our Club\u2019s founders. We all just try to do a little good and find some joy in it along the way,\u201d Greeley said.