Happy Golden AnniversaryBrookside Gardens!!


brookside gardens turns fifty in 2019!

July 13, 1969 was opening day for Brookside Gardens.  Fifty years later, Friends of Brookside Gardens plans to contribute a living gift as Brookside Gardens prepares to celebrate its Golden Anniversary in 2019.
What better way to celebrate this special event than making Brookside bloom with 50,000 daffodils planted throughout the Gardens?

Fifty thousand golden daffodils will grace the slopes and beds of Brookside in sunny recognition of the role the park plays in the lives of almost half a million visitors each year. Please join FOBG in making this celebration spectacular! 

Donate to the “Gilding the Garden” campaign and make Brookside’s anniversary wish come true.

Your sustainable, earth friendly, green gift to Friends of Brookside Gardens will be a wonderful way to join in the kickoff of the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the gardens we all love! 

50th Anniversary… 50,000 Golden Daffodils… 500,000 Visitors!

Please donate today by clicking on the "Gilding the Garden" button!

 All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Gilding the Garden


Daffodils are early, spring blooming flowers and symbolize new beginnings, rebirth heralding the arrival of spring. It belongs to the genus Narcissus and includes jonquils and paperwhites. The genus name is derived from the Greek God Narcissus who according to legend was so enamored with capturing his own reflection in the river that he drowned. The daffodils growing along the river bank became associated with Narcissus. There are between 40 and 200 different daffodil species, subspecies or varieties of species and over 25,000 registered cultivars (named hybrids). For all details regarding daffodils please visit the the American Daffodil Society page. In addition, Maryland has its own Daffodil Society (Maryland Daffodil Society). The English poet William Wordsworth immortalized the daffodil in his famous poem "The Daffodils".


FUN FACTS about daffodils

  • Daffodils are also called Jonquils, Narcissus, Paperwhite, Poet's Hower and Lent Lily.
  • The first record of daffodils cultivated was around 200-300 BC in Rome.
  • Daffodil is the flower for March.
  • It is the National flower of Wales and a tradition to wear a daffodil on St. David's Day (March 1).
  • It is also the 10th wedding anniversary flower.
  • A gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness.
  • They  bloom year after year.
  • Cut daffodils cannot be mixed with other flowers due their toxic sap containing lycorine. Pre-soak them for at least 24 hours in water before including them in a mixed arrangement.
  • Squirrels/deer do not eat daffodil bulbs or flowers!

Yellow Fever Gazette: A Publication of the Maryland Daffodil Society