One thousand daffodil bulbs planted in memory of Jake Gibbs
Late Council member was advocate for aesthetics, greenspaces
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – More than 1,000 daffodil bulbs were planted Tuesday in memory of and to pay tribute to Jake Gibbs, a Lexington councilman who died last year.
Gibbs was also America in Bloom Lexington’s Community Champion Award winner for his work to have the city do more improve aesthetics and greenscapes..
The award is presented for work in beautification and historic preservation in the Bluegrass.
The bulbs planted Tuesday will bloom in the spring, next to Gibbs’ daffodil drift behind the Charles Young Center on Shropshire Avenue. Daffodils are perennials so the flowers will bloom every year.
His wife Anita Courtney said it’s a fitting tribute to Gibbs.
“He was a lover of nature, a lover of flowers. And even though you wouldn’t think this of him because he was this big-bearded leather jacket guy. He loved flowers, he called his oldest daughter Delilah, ‘Rosebud’ and he called his youngest daughter, Delanie, ‘Daffodil,’ so he would love this,” she said.