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When the shoots bearing the golden heads of daffodils pop up, they are the yearly harbinger of spring. For a while, they often appear in late winter and it means there is no turning back on the weather now. The inevitable will happen. Winter will be over. We will have warmth and carefree days and switch off our heaters before our power bills bankrupt us.
It is important to celebrate their appearance and the stirrings of spring in all of us and here are six great ways to do so.
Head to a City Park
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There are blankets of daffodils at the Fitzroy Gardens usually from late August until early September. It is the result of the planting of over 100 000 daffodil bulbs constituting 26 different varieties. These golden head nod at you from alongside a central avenue in the Fitzroy Gardens and some spread into the lawns.
Back in the 1900s, the Oak Lawn at the Royal Botanical Garden was also strewn with daffodils but they were banished some 25 years ago for competing with tree roots. Or perhaps they were considered too unmanicured and untidy. But thankfully this free-flowing abundance is being cultivated again. There have been some 10,000 daffodils planted around the oaks in recent years,
So if heading to the city, make a detour to enjoy these hosts of golden daffodils.
Take a Walk or the Shuttle through The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden.
The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to an unparalleled bounty of daffodils some 250 000 in fact. From August to November, visitors can enjoy a series of undercover floral displays, including the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere.
With 40 hectares of scenic botanic gardens, you can walk to your heart's content but they also offer They normally also organise a shuttle if you wish to ride around the park but you should check with them yearly to make sure that this is running. (Phone 13 19 63)
Enjoy a picnic by the lake and take in stunning views of the Australian Alps. Cafe Vireya has been newly renovated and is open for business 7 day a week from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
In Springtime, the gardens are ablaze with flowers so even if you are there too late for the daffodils you will be blessed with majestic visions of flowering beauty.
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The garden is in Georgian Rd, Olinda in close proximity to the township of Olinda. They are open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm) except Christmas Day. Entrance to the garden is FREE
The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is held during the first two weeks in September and heralds the beginning of spring.
The theme may be daffodils but there is so much more, including a
Festival of One Act Plays, the Antique and Vintage Fair, ferret racing, buskers, the Wine and Food Festival at the iconic Degraves Mill, concert performances and literary events.
Many local gardens open to visitors and the Spring Flower Show presents the signature blooms of the festival.
In 2018, the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Gala Dance will attract dancers from all over Australia. Then there is the Daffodil Art Prize and Art Photography and an arts trail of many local galleries displaying artists'work
Again this is a FREE event. For more information CLICK HERE.
Leongatha Daffodil & Dairy Street Festival
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The Leongatha Daffodil & Dairy Street Festival is usually held on the first weekend of September. This is a country town and there is a relaxed vibe and a community feel. Streets are lined with market stalls. There are food trucks, live music, car displays and FREE and popular kids activities. There is also an art & photography show, a Friends of the Library book sale, an Embroiders Guild exhibition and of course, plenty of daffodils and dairy displays. There is also a free concert, but you would need to book for this - CLICK HERE
This is a free event and a flower growing enterprise that was founded in 1917. Hancock's Daffodils offer over 1,000 different varieties of daffodils. You can make a day trip of it, meet the family who grow these wonderful flowers and give your eyes a rare treat at the sight of so much beauty. Take a picnic as the grounds are lovely and complimentary tea and coffee is provided.
2 Jacksons Hill Road, Menzies Creek Victoria 3159
FREE The even starts late August to goes to the end of September and runs daily from 11 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends.For more details, click here.
For a fuller article on this great festival CLICK HERE
Don't forget that each year you can order fresh daffodils to support cancer research. You can order a box of fresh daffodils to display at your work or community venture sell them and donate the funds to Cancer Council.
This year, the fresh flowers will be available between Monday 20 August – Thursday 23 August
Purchasing fresh daffodils on Daffodil Day from a Cancer Council stall is recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a tax-deductible gift. You can find your closest stores and more about the event if you CLICK HERE