Daffodil Day

Event Date:

Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 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 benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s gardens team.

Throughout the event, attendees can participate in and enjoy:


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

10:30 a.m.
“You’re Not From These Parts, Are You?”

Darrin Ellis-May, Georgia Daffodil Society vice president of membership, covers why and how daffodils came to be in North America.

Darrin Elli-May serves as Georgia Daffodil Society Membership Vice President, and Bulb Sale Organizer. Her previous offices have been President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Show Chair. Darrin is a recognized American Daffodil Society Judge. She has had the honor of participating on show panels throughout the Southeast, Virginia, New York, Connecticut and Nantucket. In addition to showing and judging, she currently serves the National Society as Southeast Regional Vice President.

11 a.m.
Southern Heirloom Bulbs

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.

11:45 a.m.
Heirloom Daffodils in Old Gardenswalkcrop

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.

12:30 p.m.
Meet the Author: Linda Copeland

Written by Linda Copeland, Bitsy’s Happy Bouquet teaches children about doing things for other people. Each page features beautiful, detailed illustrations by Lindy Burnett that keep young children captivated.

Linda Copeland is co-author of Legends in the Garden and for over two decades has coordinated worldwide garden tours for Garden Vistas. Living in Atlanta, Georgia, Linda has been an active volunteer for many gardening-related organizations. After graduating from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and after her children were grown, Linda returned to school to study horticulture at the University of Georgia.

1:30 p.m.
Meet the Author: Erica Danylchak

During the Industrial Revolution people flocked to American cities. Overcrowding in these areas led to packed urban graveyards that were not only unsightly, but were also a source of public health fears. The solution was a revolutionary new type of American burial ground located in the countryside just beyond the city. This rural cemetery movement, which featured beautifully landscaped grounds and sculptural monuments, is documented by James R. Cothran and Erica Danylchak in Grave Landscapes: The Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movement.

Erica Danylchak holds degrees in history from Boston University and heritage preservation from Georgia State University. She has worked in archival science at the Cherokee Garden Library and Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center and in preservation as executive director of the Buckhead Heritage Society. Danylchak served as a research fellow for the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative and in 2009 received the Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. She currently works in educational publishing and lives in Atlanta.

Daffodil Day is a proud participant in the Downtown Daffodil Project
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