2018 Daffodil Gardens and Events

Daffodils are such cheerful flowers, heralding the start of springtime, they are a joy to behold.  There are many different varieties of daffodils, so consequently you can find daffodils flowering from as early as December until late May, and beyond in cooler areas of the country.  Which is wonderful, as it provides us with plenty of time to enjoy and appreciate the daffodil’s beauty!

Here’s some information on where you can find beautiful daffodil gardens to visit, as well as some lovely, fun, and interesting daffodil events to attend in 2018:

Places To See Daffodils In Surrey, Hampshire And West Sussex:

Surrey Daffodils

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD.  National Trust.  Winkworth Arboretum has some wonderful daffodil displays.  With over 30,000 early flowering daffodils at Winkworth, flowering from mid-December onwards, it’s a great place to visit.  Don’t forget to plan further visits to see the carpets of bluebells in April and May. For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On the first Wednesday of every month, Winkworth Arboretum, offer a free seasonal, guided walk to ensure you see the best areas of the arboretum and don’t miss any flowers.  The walks start at 2pm from January till March, and at 2.30pm from April till October, normal admission rates apply.  For more details please see their website.

Narcissus ‘Wisley’, pictured at RHS Garden Wisley, in Surrey.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB.  Wisley is a fantastic garden to visit at any time of year; there are many lovely displays of daffodils for visitors to enjoy.  Make sure you look out over the Alpine Meadow to see the pretty Narcissus bulbocodium, the hoop petticoat daffodil, dancing in the wind and hopefully, sparkling in the sunlight.
Information for disabled visitors to RHS Garden Wisley can be found here.

Narcissus bulbocodium.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.  With colourful displays of over 200, 000 bulbs this is a great garden to visit in the springtime!  There’s a good display of naturalised daffodils in the Wilderness Garden.

For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Daffodils at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, pictured on the 31st March 2016.
The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB.  There’s so much to see and do at Kew Gardens, visit the iconic glasshouses or take in the landscape and an array of rare and interesting plants.  In March you’ll find many daffodils growing around the Temple of Aeolus in the Woodland Garden, as well as large swathes of daffodils which greet you as you explore the wonderful gardens at Kew in March and April.  I also spotted some daffodils at Kew, when I last visited during February 2018.
In March, the ‘Meet the Experts’ guided tours at Kew will focus on Narcissus (daffodils).  These special tours are held every Tuesday at 11.30am, and last for about 90minutes (tours are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Meet at the Information Desk, in the Victoria Plaza Cafe at 11.15am).  For all the details of Kew’s Meet the Expert Tours, please click here.

For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ.  National Trust.
Visit the meadow at Clandon Park during springtime, to see a wonderful display of thousands of naturalised daffodils.  Clandon Park offers visitors the chance to admire daffodils collected and planted during the 1890s, by William, the 4th Earl of Onslow.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey.  TW20 0UU.  Enjoy the pretty carpet of Narcissus pseudonarcissus, a small, trumpet daffodil, which gives a fantastic display each year in the meadows through The Glades.  This daffodil display was started over 50 years ago with just a handful of seed that was donated to the gardens; since then the number of daffodils has increased each year as new seed is produced and sown.
For information for disabled visitors please click here.

The Sculpture Park, Jumps Road, Churt, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2LH.
The Sculpture Park is set in 10 acres of grounds and features woodland, lakes, ponds and meadows.  40,000 daffodils have been planted in the park; there are displays of bluebells, hyacinths and wild flowers as well as 600 sculptures and installations.

Vann, Vann Lane, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4EF.
The Water Garden at Vann was laid out and planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.  It’s a beautiful and inspiring place to visit, there are carpets of spring bulbs including daffodils and fritillaries to admire.  Vann is open every Wednesday from April to July from 10am until 6pm.  Vann Garden is also open for the National Gardens Scheme, for details please see their website.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Sussex Daffodils


Wakehust Place, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN.  A National Trust site, managed by Kew Gardens.  Wakehurst Place, in West Sussex is referred to as the country estate of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.  Set in 465 acres, it features a nature reserve, temperate woodlands, ornamental gardens and Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6EB.  National Trust.  The grassland at Nymans is planted with daffodils and looks a picture in March.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

West Dean Woods, near Chichester, has a large colony of wild daffodils, more than a million daffodil flowers are visible from the bridleway in a good year.  Mid-March is usually a good time to visit to see the daffodils – flowering depends on the weather and conditions we have each year, so this can vary.  West Dean Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a working woodland and a private estate, so access is restricted; however a public bridleway running along the western edge provides an excellent vantage point to view the daffodils.  Here’s a link to a map of the walk.  West Dean Gardens aren’t too far away from this walk, in springtime there’s hundreds of thousands of beautiful flowers to be enjoyed at West Dean: cowslips, crocus, snakes head fritillaries and daffodils can all be enjoyed in the springtime.

Hampshire Daffodils


Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN.  In March and April, the Wilderness Garden is a awash with daffodils, crocus and bluebells.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AZ.
Visitors to Exbury Gardens can enjoy the Camellias and Magnolias, as well as Exbury’s famous Daffodil Meadow.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA.
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens have a good collection of daffodils, there’s native species naturalised in the meadows, the alpine beds have a collection of dwarf daffodils, while the taller, single flowered varieties are in the herbaceous borders.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Buckinghamshire Daffodils

Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA.  National Trust.  The Long Gardens at Cliveden are planted with thousands of daffodils and anemones, which are a joy to behold in springtime.  There are drifts of daffodils planted on the Stable Bank, beautiful magnolia and cherry blossom displays by the Water Garden and breathtaking views and vistas to be enjoyed on the specially designed ‘Cliveden Views’ trail.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Kent Daffodils


Hever Castle
, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG.  This 14th Century moated castle is set in 125 acres of award winning gardens, which feature wonderful displays of daffodils, tulips, crocus and bluebells.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent ME17 1PL.  There’s lots of daffodils to enjoy at Leeds Castle.  The Wood Garden at Leeds Castle comes to life with a carpet of daffodils each spring and the castle itself is surrounded by naturalised plantings of daffodils.  There’s anemones, cherry blossom and lots of other spring flowers for visitors to enjoy, as well as a maze and underground grotto.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

Scottish Daffodils

Brodie Castle, Forres, Scotland, IV36 2TE, boasts over 100 different varieties of daffodils in its gardens and grounds, which form a delightful yellow carpet of flowers across the gardens.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Backhouse Rossie Estate, by Collessie, Near Ladybank, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, KY15 7UZ, opens from Sunday 1st April 2018, from 10am until 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Monday and Tuesdays).  Visitors can admire Backhouse Rossie Estate’s National Collection of Narcissus Backhouse cultivars, which were bred by William Backhouse, and include Narcissus ‘Weardale Perfection’, the first known tetraploid daffodil cultivar, Narcissus ‘Emperor’ and Narcissus ‘Empress’, both early triploid cultivars also bred by William Backhouse.  The extensive daffodil collection at the Backhouse Rossie Estate was by awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage in 2016, and features over 80 daffodil cultivars bred by William Backhouse as well as newer daffodil hybrids.
Information for disabled visitors to the Backhouse Rossie Estate can be found here.

Welsh Daffodils

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN, will be full of daffodils during March.  The National Botanic Garden of Wales proudly displays over 30,000 daffodils, these include more than 50 daffodil cultivars.
Information for disabled visitors to The National Botanic Garden of Wales can be found here.

Wild Daffodils

Here are some lovely places where you can see Wild Daffodils.

2018 Daffodil Events

On Saturday 3rd March 2018, Sidmouth Daffodil Day will be held at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8NG, from 10am until 4pm.  Visitors can enjoy a plant fair, daffodil talks, daffodil artwork, a photographic exhibition, and walks to daffodil sites.  Lady Christine Skemersdale of Broadleigh Gardens, herself a holder of a National Collection Holder of Alec Gray hybrid miniature daffodils, will be giving a talk on using daffodils in the garden, and Lady Rosemary Fitzgerald, will be giving a talk about old fashioned species daffodils and their influence on the modern daffodil.  This sounds a lovely and very special day, for all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 17th March 2018 and Sunday 18th March 2018, from 11am until 5pm, Thriplow in Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, is hosting its annual Thriplow Daffodil Weekend.  Entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, with under five’s gaining free entry, all the proceeds go to local charities.  Here’s a list of some of the attractions for this event.
For information for disabled visitors, please click here.

The Mells Daffodil Festival will be held on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 at the pretty village of Mells in Somerset.  Tickets are available in advance and parking is free, for all the details, please click here.

The Scottish Daffodil Festival will be held on Saturday 14th April 2018 and Sunday 15th April 2018, from 10am until 4pm, at The Backhouse Rossie Estate, by Collessie, Near Ladybank, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, KY15 7UZ.  At this very special Daffodil Festival visitors can admire many rare daffodils, for all the details, please click here.  Visitors can admire Backhouse Rossie Estate’s National Collection of Narcissus Backhouse cultivars, which were bred by William Backhouse, and include Narcissus ‘Weardale Perfection’, the first known tetraploid daffodil cultivar, Narcissus ‘Emperor’ and Narcissus ‘Empress’, both early triploid cultivars also bred by William Backhouse.  The extensive daffodil collection at the Backhouse Rossie Estate was by awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage in 2016, and features over 80 daffodil cultivars bred by William Backhouse as well as newer daffodil hybrids.
Information for disabled visitors to the Backhouse Rossie Estate can be found here.

Daffodil Articles

Daffodil Trials

To read my Scented Daffodil Trial 2017 Report, please click here.

Daffodil Information

To learn more about daffodils, please click here.

For information about beautiful scented daffodil varieties, please click here.

For information on using daffodils as cut flowers, please click here.

For more information about daffodils and daffodil societies, please click here.

Buying Daffodils

For information on places to buy daffodil bulbs, please click here.

For information on florists selling British grown, seasonal cut flowers including fragrant daffodils, please click here.

More Daffodil Events

To see the dates and details of Daffodil Shows being held in 2018, please click here.

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