Happy Golden Anniversary Brookside Gardens!!
THANK YOU DONORS for your generosity in making the “Gilding the Garden” campaign and Brookside’s anniversary wish come true.
brookside gardens turns fifty in 2019!
July 13, 1969 was opening day for Brookside Gardens. Fifty years later, Friends of Brookside Gardens will be contributing a living gift as Brookside Gardens prepares to celebrate its Golden Anniversary in 2019.
We will be celebrating this special event by making Brookside bloom with 50,000 daffodils planted throughout the Gardens!
PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP BY VOLUNTEERING TO PLANT THE BULBS IN FALL 2018 AND FOR EVENT DETAILS PLANNED FOR 2019!!
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!
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!