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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2010
Regional Report

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Daffodil Daydreams
Celebrate the Filoli Garden Grand Opening with 'Daffodil Daydreams'
Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2010
Filoli Center is hosting its"Daffodil Daydreams" celebration for people of all ages to enjoy the spectacular early spring flowering of the Filoli gardens and three days of talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families, garden walks with horticulturalists and the "Patterns and Abstractions of Nature" art exhibit. Talks will be given by Bob Spotts, President of the Northern California Daffodil Society, Lucy Tolmach , Filoli's Director of Horticulture, and Lee McCaffree, Filoli Botanical Art Instructor. There will be a variety of demos in the areas of painting seasonal blooms, the French mosaic technique of Pique Assiette, flower arranging, botanical painting, crafts for children of all ages and a family photography activity for families with children ages 10 and up. Artists are invited to photograph and paint in the garden on Friday, February 26 and Sunday February 28.
In 2009 Filoli was selected as an American Daffodil Society (ADS) Display Garden, becoming the only designated daffodil display garden on the west coast.. Filoli was chosen because its extensive daffodil collection has significant historical, public service and educational interest. Filoli's beautiful collection includes well-maintained daffodils grown by the tens of thousands in many different landscape situations, representing 122 different cultivars and 11 different divisions of daffodils. In addition, each year approximately 20, 000 bulbs representing 60 different cultivars, many of which are brand new, are planted in containers throughout the property for display and education. Filoli also has two large meadows of daffodils containing approximately 600,000 bulbs through which the public is invited to walk when they are in bloom. Filoli's collection is historically significant, because the original daffodils were planted during what is referred to as the "Great Daffodil Renaissance" of the early 20th century, when estate owners like the DuPonts, Rockefellers and Bourns (at Filoli) were mass-planting hillsides and whole fields of daffodils in the English landscape style. Filoli grows 37 historic varieties of daffodils that were registered with the Royal Horticultural Society before 1940. This antique collection contains 19 of the 32 ADS Wister Award winning daffodils, selected for their proven garden performance. This year Filoli will have a new display of early blooming miniature daffodils planted especially for children who love their tiny, colorful, flowers. This display represents 13 different daffodil cultivars and a total of 7000 bulbs planted in shallow containers which will be displayed by the Visitor and Education Center where they can be viewed close-up.

Opening Celebration Admission: Free for Filoli members or with paid admission to Filoli. Space is limited for some programs, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Visit or call 650.364.8300, ext. 508 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more details.
Admission Fees: For non-members, admission is adults $15, seniors (65 years and older) $12, students $5 (ages 5 through 17 or with valid student ID); no admission charge for children 4 years and younger.

Favorite or New Plant

The graceful daffodil is the harbinger of spring. These hardy bulbs are in the genus Narcissus which is also used sometimes as a common name. You may see some daffodils referred to as jonquils. These are a small subgroup of Narcissus that have several small, fragrant, flat-petaled flowers per stem and narrow, reed-like leaves. Daffodils offer permanence and will increase year after year if planted in the right location. They require no summer watering and are not attractive to gophers and deer; however slugs will take a toll.
Spring blooming bulbs should be planted in full sun or under deciduous trees that are still leafless when the bulbs are flowering. Well drained soil is essential. Plant bulbs twice as deep as they are tall; for example a bulb that is 3 inches long should be planted 6 inches deep. Nothing more is required to enjoy a beautiful spring display!


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