Daffodil Day

Event Date:

Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

In partnership with the Georgia Daffodil Society, Historic Oakland Foundation presents the third annual Daffodil Day, a celebration of spring’s ubiquitous bloom! Enjoy a day in Oakland’s Victorian gardens with guided walks, garden presentations, a cut flower display, dialogue with local daffodil and gardens experts, children’s activities, and more.

Daffodil Day is free and open to the public. For driving and parking directions to Oakland Cemetery, please click here. All proceeds from Daffodil Day’s plant sale and related activities benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s gardens team.

Throughout the event, attendees can participate in and enjoy:

  • Q&A with gardens experts from Georgia Daffodil Society
  • Children’s craft activities and storytelling
  • Cut flower display
  • 10% discount on all nature- and garden-related books and items in the Visitors Center & Museum Shop (HOF Members receive an additional 10% discount.)
  • Book signing with Sara Van Beck, author Daffodils in American Gardens: 1733-1940

Plant Sale
Daffodils are only a part of a beautiful garden, and Daffodil Day includes a plant sale at the Bell Tower. Choose from an assortment of heirloom and unusual plants that will add even more beauty to your home.

Garden Walks
Garden Walks begin at the Bell Tower (and will be held in the Bobby Jones Room in the event of rain). The garden walk schedule is as follows and is subject to change:

Creative Ways to Use Bulbs in the Garden
11 a.m.
Garden*Hood’s Kacey Clouse will share creative planting ideas to enhance your garden by incorporating more bulbs.

walkcropHeirloom Daffodils in Old Gardens
12 p.m.
Sara Van Beck, author of Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733–1940, will introduce you to the old varieties, their historic use in gardens, and their importance for today’s low maintenance garden.

Sara L. Van Beck, horticulturist and plant historian, is an officer of the American Daffodil Society and serves on the board of the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center. Van Beck has worked as a museum curator with the National Park Service and is the former president of the Georgia Daffodil Society. She is co-author of Daffodils in Florida: A Field Guide to the Coastal South and has written articles for the Daffodil Journal, the Magnolia bulletin of the Southern Garden History Society, and Florida Gardening.

Southern Heirloom Bulbs
1 p.m.
Georgia Daffodil Society member Adam Martin has done extensive research into the identification and preservation of historic bulbs. He will show examples of many of these garden-worthy bulbs that are often overlooked.

Adam Martin resides in Atlanta and maintains a garden in Monroe, GA. He attended The University of Georgia where he received a Master of Historic Preservation in 2014. Course studies identifying and documenting landscapes led him to research the preservation of plant materials, specifically heirloom bulbous plants. This research culminated in a thesis, “Heirloom Bulbs: Horticultural Rarities, ‘Passalong’ Plants, & Biotic Cultural Resources.” The thesis seeks to answer why and how heirloom bulbous plants have been preserved by individuals and organizations in the United States since roughly 1900. Adam is a member of several plant organizations including Southern Garden History Society, Georgia Perennial Plant Society, volunteers with Historic Oakland Foundation, and the Georgia Daffodil Society.

Garden Presentation
The Garden Presentation will be held in the Bobby Jones Room in the Bell Tower.

Stories of Daffodils from Edgewood’s Neighborhoods
1:45 p.m.
Hilary Hart is a Georgia Daffodil Society member and lives in the Edgewood neighborhood, which is one mile east of Oakland Cemetery. Hilary has rescued hundreds of daffodils from old home sites in this area. These daffodils have survived for generations and she will share their stories.

Hilary Hart taught literature at the University of Oregon before moving to Atlanta in 2009. Since then she has honed her horticultural skills and plant knowledge as a volunteer at Atlanta Botanical Garden and in various nurseries and garden centers in and around Atlanta. As an ABG volunteer, she worked in the tropical house, tended greenhouse plants, hunted populations of Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum) across three states, and tied epiphytic orchids to trees in the swamps of Florida. 

Daffodil Day is a proud participant in the Downtown Daffodil Project