Boise & Garden City

Thousands of daffodils planted at Harris Ranch to honor Holocaust victims

Thousands of daffodils planted as a tribute to victims of Nazi persecution at Boise’s Harris Ranch were dedicated Friday, part of a national effort to honor Holocaust victims.

The installation includes 15,000 flowers, planted on land owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and managed by Barber Valley Development. The memorial is “Field of Daffodils” and sits at the southwest corner of Barber Drive and Old Hickory Way.

“At Harris Ranch, we believe paying tribute to the memories of the victims of the Holocaust through a peaceful living memorial will keep their memories alive and remind us year after year of the many blessings we have in life,” a bronze plaque at the site reads.

Boise City Council President Pro Tem Elaine Clegg read a poem during the dedication ceremony written by her father, who helped liberate several concentration camps during World War II.

“It is so important to remember the past while we’re making decisions for the future,” Clegg said in a news release.

Because daffodils are perennials, they will bloom each year. They are set to be in full bloom just in time for National Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 2. Daffodils bloom in the spring and become dormant in the summer, allowing the field where they’re planted to be re-opened for community use when the flowers aren’t in use.

The flowers were funded by the Harris Family Limited Partnership. The idea to plant them came partially because Dallas Harris, one of the founders of the ranch, often brought flowers to his wife, Alta. A news release calls the Harris family longtime advocates of human rights.

This story has been revised to reflect that daffodils are perennial flowers, meaning they bloom each year.

Hayley covers local government for the Idaho Statesman with a primary focus on Boise. Previously, she worked for the Salisbury Daily Times, the Hartford Courant, the Denver Post and McClatchy’s D.C. bureau. Hayley graduated from Ohio University with degrees in journalism and political science.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.