Daffodil Day

  • Saturday 21 March 2020
  • 10am to 4:30pm

As Wales’ national flower, it makes perfect sense for the magnificent daffodil to be so well represented at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Since opening in 2000, the Garden has displayed more than 50 varieties of this showy, distinctive beauty. This year we’re adding a stunning new 500 metre display along our Broadwalk and Millenium Square that will feature over 80 daffodil varieties.

Daffodil Day will help you to understand the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between our daffodils.  Prepare to be amazed at the incredible variety of shapes, colours, sizes and even scents of Wales’ national flower.

Don’t miss an entertaining programme of Daffodil talks and walks, including tours of the new displays and a talk about how Welsh grown daffodils are helping to treat Alzheimer’s.  Take part in, or just come and admire, a new community daffodil display – there are prizes for best in show!  You’ll also have the opportunity to pick up some great daffodil varieties in our Y Pot Blodyn Plant Sales.

Talk – Daffodils: An example of green pharmacy

Kevin Stephens is a shepherd from mid-Wales who has been working for over 10 years to develop a scalable, environmentally friendly and cost-effect method for producing Galanthamine (an approved and licensed Alzheimer’s drug) from daffodils grown in the mountains of Wales.

Galanthamine is an alkaloid that was first discovered in the 1950s in the bulbs and flowers of snowdrops found in Bulgaria, and later, in certain varieties of daffodils. When isolated, it has been found to effectively treat vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. It works by inhibiting an enzyme that leads to the cognitive impairment found in Alzheimer’s patients.

Learn more on how Kevin is diversifying his family farm and how he’s working to provide a better future for Alzheimer’s patients, their loved ones and carers.  To book your space(s) for this talk, please visit our Eventbrite page.  Please note this free talk does not include entry to the Botanic Garden.

Daffodil Day is presented as part of the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.