On Saturday, March 21 Historic Oakland Cemetery will host its first-ever Daffodil Day in partnership with the Georgia Daffodil Society. The afternoon will include garden walks and talks from horticulture experts, as well as daffodil displays, heirloom bulbs for sale and much more.
As one of the most popular and recognizable springtime blooms, the daffodil has a fascinating and perhaps little-known history, but we’ve picked a few fun “flower facts” in preparation for this springtime celebration:
- Grown since the 1200’s, pseudonarcissus (commonly known as the wild daffodil or Lent Lily) was used as a decorative touch in English bars and taverns in the late 1500’s. French botanist Carolus Clusius was one of the first to take note of cut Lent Lillies being used decoratively.
- To this day, the perfume industry still uses daffodils in their creations. The most commonly used varietal is Narcissus poeticus, or Poet’s daffodil.
- Families in south Georgia and northern Florida planted Paperwhite daffodils (Narcissus papyraceus) in cemeteries because they are white, bloom around Christmastime and are considered symbols of the Resurrection.
- x. medioluteus is also known as Twin Sisters because it bears two flowers on each stem. The flower is also called Cemetery Ladies because it is so tough that it’s often found growing in old cemeteries.
- At the turn of the 20th century, big daffodil hybridizers named their best yellow trumpets after themselves, and their best white trumpet creations were named after their wives.
For even more on the daffodil, be sure to visit Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery on Daffodil Day, when garden expert and historian Sara Van Beck will present and sign copies of her acclaimed book, Daffodils in American Gardens: 1733-1940. The beautifully illustrated reference is the perfect companion for any garden lover, and is available for pre-order through March 16 in Oakland’s online store.
Daffodil Day is free and open to the public. Click here for additional details and the full event schedule.