Delight in ‘all things daffodil’ at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
The annual Daffodil Festival 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 75 daffodil cultivars at the Garden as well as the Daffodil Discovery Walk and the Growing Bulbs workshop.
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 great 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 initially 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. Please pick up a map from the Visitor Centre to show you where to find them.