Exhibition: Daffodils

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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 shown over 50 varieties of this showy, distinctive beauty.

But what exactly is a daffodil? The classic depiction on the lapels of proud Welsh men and women on St.David’s Day is of a large trumpeted yellow flower. But Springtime visitors to the Garden could also find varieties with more orange, pink, green or white colours than yellow. They may notice the mixture of sizes, the complex array of flower structures and if they were to lean forward and sniff, some sweet and subtle scents.

To draw attention to such fascinating variations, photographer and Garden volunteer, Mike Danford, was asked to search for and record a varied selection of the Garden’s living daffodil collection in 2018. A booklet, and his ‘Daffodils’ exhibition in the Garden’s Oriel Yr Ardd Gallery from February 2nd to April 7th 2019, are the result. Prints of all images can be reserved for purchase in the Garden’s Stable Block shop.

The booklet and exhibition are 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.