Daffodil Gardens and Events for 2019

2019 Daffodil Gardens and Events

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Daffodils are such cheerful flowers, heralding the start of springtime, they are a joy to behold.  As daffodils are such a popular flower, they’ve been bred and selected over a great many years, which has resulted in the creation of many different varieties of daffodils.  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 2019.  I have listed the daffodil events first and then the daffodil gardens.

Narcissus ‘Curlew’.

2019 Daffodil Events

The Mawgan Daffodil Festival  takes place on Saturday February 16th February 2019, Sunday 17th February 2019Monday 18th February 2019, and Tuesday 19th February 2019, from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day in the 12th Century, Grade I listed, St Mawgan Church, Menage, in Cornwall.  This is the seventh daffodil festival that Mawgan Church have arranged, to celebrate daffodils and the local daffodil industry.  Thousands of daffodils are grown in this area of Cornwall for the cut flower industry.  The Mawgan Daffodil Festival is more successful each year, this year the festival again spans three days.  There will be over 7000 daffodils displayed in the church!  The church’s daffodil displays feature the many varied daffodil flowers in bloom at the time, see the different coloured daffodil flowers in many forms.  Visitors can purchase daffodils at the festival – the daffodils are all donated by the Scrimshaw family of R. H. Shrimshaw and Sons.  Tea, coffee and cake will be served all day, during every day of the festival, and from 12 – 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, pasties and soup will be available.  There’s free entry to this wonderful festival.  Classical instrumentalists, local organists, and the Maen Voes Choir from St Keverne will be performing, and the bell ringers will be in action over the weekend.

On Saturday 16th March 2019, Sidmouth Daffodil Day will be held at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8NG, from 10am until 3pm.  Visitors can enjoy a plant fair, daffodil talks, daffodil walks, daffodil artwork, a photographic exhibition, a children’s daffodil painting competition, and of course walks to daffodil sites.  John Amand from Jacques Amand international will be giving a talk entitled, ‘Unusual bulbs and how they get into your garden’.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 23rd March 2019 and Sunday 24th March 2019, 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.

Taylors Bulbs are hosting a Daffodil Day in association with the RHS, on Wednesday 10th April 2019, at 10am, at Taylors Bulbs, Washway House Farm, Washway Road, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, PE12 7PP.  Visitors can see over 400 different daffodil varieties in flower.  Explore the trial grounds, where hundreds of different spring flowering bulbs are evaluated.  Attendees can also enjoy a programme of talks from daffodil experts.  For all the details, and to reserve your place, please click here.

The Scottish Daffodil Festival will be held on Saturday 13th April 2019 and Sunday 14th April 2019, 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.

The Mells Daffodil Festival will be held on Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 at the pretty village of Mells in Somerset.  Tickets are available in advance and parking is free, for all the details, please click here.

To see my Calendar of Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, Plant and Seed Swaps, please click here.

Daffodil Gardens to Visit

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.

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.

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.
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 if you explore the wonderful gardens at Kew in March and April.  I also spotted daffodil flowers 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 atWest Dean: cowslips, crocus, snakes head fritillaries and daffodils can all be enjoyed in the springtime.

Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’.

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.

Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Kent, TN17 4JA.
The Barham family home, Hole Park opens daily for the spring season on Saturday 30th March 2019.  Visitors to Hole Park can admire this garden’s swathes of daffodils in springtime.  Later in spring, visitors can enjoy walking amongst carpets of bluebells in this pretty, country garden’s bluebell wood.  Hole Park is a 16 acre garden, which features colourful displays of Camellias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Wisteria; alongside herbaceous borders, which provide interest later in the season.
Information for disabled visitors can be found 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 2019, 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.

Irish Daffodils

Burtown House Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland, will be opening throughout the month of April, from Wednesday the 3rd April 2019, so visitors can admire their daffodil collection, for all the details, please click here.

There’s a Daffodil Walk and Talk with Daffodil Expert Mary O’Brien, on Saturday 13th April 2019, at Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland.  Visitors will enjoy learning of the history and heritage of daffodils in Ireland, as well as discovering the daffodils of Burtown House at this special event, which starts from the Green Barn at 11.30am.  For all the details, please click 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.

Narcissus ‘Avalanche’.

Daffodil Articles

To read my article about the best performing daffodil varieties I grew in 2018, please click here.

To read my article about the best performing daffodil varieties I grew in 2017, please click here.

Daffodil Trials

To read my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial Report, please click here.

To read my 2018 Scented Daffodil Container Trial Report, please click here.

To read my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial 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 and Competitions being held in 2019, please click here.

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