Go on a daffodil discovery walk
Daffodils now cover the Gardens, and it’s a perfect time to discover these little rays of sunshine before the festival ends on the 2 September. Bring a picnic and munch amongst the picturesque bulbs around you. Kids can join in too with the Children’s Self-guided tour of the Gardens, and learn all about the wonderful flowers around them.
It’s impossible to know how many bulbs are currently in the ground, but this year we have added 10,000 new bulbs to the collection, and horticulturalists suspect there are over 35,000 bulbs currently in bloom from previous seasons. These include 300 new African bulbs, endangered species and over 120 new cultivars of daffodil.
Did you know? The Latin name for Daffodils is Narcissus. Narcissus was a boy in Greek mythology, who became so obsessed by his own reflection in a pool of water that he eventually perished and turned into a daffodil. Narcissus poeticus was one of the first daffodils to be cultivated, and is often found by the side of water.