Delight in daffodils at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden from 22 to 30 August.
The annual Daffodil Festival, which supports the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day, celebrates this beautiful yellow flower, which is one of the first bulbs to appear as winter eases into spring. This year you can enjoy over 65 daffodil cultivars at the Garden as well as the Daffodil Discovery Walk and the Growing Bulbs Successfully workshop. Cancer Council Daffodil Day merchandise will be on sale as well as locally grown bunches of daffodils.
Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus which is a large group of bulbous plants containing over 50 species. They are found naturally in a wide variety of habitats and countries from North Africa, throughout Europe and across to Asia. Jonquils, with their strong perfume, are also very familiar daffodils. They occur naturally in areas that have warmer winters and as such they are amongst the early flowering Narcissus. The latest flowering daffodil and one of the most beautiful is Narcissus poeticus. It is blessed with a glorious scent and is commonly found growing in damper areas. It has been cultivated throughout history.
There is a long history of cultivating daffodils at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Alfred and Effie Brunet, the original owners of the site the Garden is on, grew cut flowers there from about 1934 to 1968 and imported many daffodil cultivars. Lots of the daffodils you can see at the Garden are from their original bulbs — those planted by the Brunets and some supplied back to the Garden as gifts from neighbours who had originally received their stock from Alfred and Effie. Over the past few years many more daffodils have been planted by the Garden’s horticulturists. Now during spring you can see over 65 cultivars of daffodils at the Garden. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre to show you where to find them.
Daffodil Discovery Walk
Tuesday 25 August
Join our expert senior horticulturalist on a guided walk discovering the delightful winter/spring bulbs on display at the Garden.
When: 10.30 am – 11.30 am or 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm. Cost: $10 (Members $9).
All Things Daffodil — Growing Bulbs Successfully
Thursday 27 August
Join our expert senior horticulturalist to learn the secrets to bulb growing success. Learn about general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop. When: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. Cost: $20 (Members $18). Includes morning tea and all materials.
Places are limited for both events, bookings essential on 4567 3019 or online at www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au