The Webb School Celebrates 150 Years With 1,500 Blooming Daffodils

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The 2019-20 school year marks the 150th anniversary of The Webb School in Bell Buckle, and the student body has something very special planned to commemorate the historic milestone this spring. Last fall, students carefully planted 1,500 daffodils under the direction of Head of School Ray Broadhead and his wife, Dr. Leone Broadhead, in preparation for the celebration.

The commemorative planting honors the school’s founder, Sawney Webb, and his son, “Son Will,” who loved the outdoors and plants of all kinds. In the 1940s, Son Will and his wife even led a project to plant daffodil bulbs along Webb Highway and other Bell Buckle roads. The students, who have carried on the planting tradition over the years, took on their most ambitious planting project yet for the anniversary.

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The project got started when the Broadheads purchased 1,500 daffodil bulbs and kept them fresh by hanging them from the ceiling of a shed until planting season came. Then, school maintenance employees built a large, W-shaped planter that would be visible from the street. About eight to 10 students helped out with the planning every day until all 1,500 bulbs were planted.

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Webb School daffodils

Ray Broadhead, head of Webb School in Bell Buckle, helps student plant daffodils; Photo credit: The Webb School

The bulbs are located in the administration building and Barton Athletic Center flowerbeds, in the new “W” planter, in Sawney’s Garden, and adjacent to sidewalks in front of McClurg Hall and Admissions. They’re also expected to enhance the town of Bell Buckle’s annual Daffodil Day in March.

The students, who worked hard to make the vision of 1,500 blooming daffodils on the school’s campus a reality, look forward to seeing the results this spring when all the bright yellow blooms begin to emerge.

Webb School daffodils

Photo credit: The Webb School

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  1. Gail

    March 11, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I live near the Webb campus. The daffodils begin appearing in March and they are beautiful. I have daffodils along the road in front of my house. They were planted many years ago by Webb students.

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