Gardens to Drive For: Daffodils

Daffodils to fill our hearts

IMG_8226By Michael Leach

The most dependable and numerous spring-flowering bulbs in my garden are daffodils. Despite planting hundreds, there are never enough. When I see them blossom, how can I not think of the poet Wordsworth, the most articulate of the legions of daffodil lovers past and present? My heart, too, fills with pleasure at the sight of “a host of golden daffodils.”

DSC_0180For us narcissi-philes there are several places to revel in this diverse family of plants. Among the American Daffodil Society’s official daffodil display gardens are several in the Midwest. These include: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL; Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO; Fellows Riverside Gardens- Mill Creek Metro Parks, Youngstown, OH; Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, Cincinnati, OH; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.

For serious enthusiasts, there’s the American Daffodil Society’s (ADS) convention, April 11-14 in Greisse daffodil garden 017Columbus.  Teresa Woodard also wrote a feature on Jill Griesse, the conference chairperson and her ADS daffodil display garden in Granville.  See the current issue of Ohio Magazine.

The Midwest Daffodil Society Show is April 27 and 28 at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

2 responses to “Gardens to Drive For: Daffodils

  1. Karen

    Are there specific varieties of daffodils you would recommend for naturalizing in my wooded backyard?

    • Hi, Karen. I recommend Carlton, Dutch Master, Fortune and Fortissimo. They are four reliable varieties that have been successfully grown by the thousands at a wooded property in Dayton, Ohio. They are early bloomers that bloom before the trees leaf out. — Teresa

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