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Spring into the season at Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Daffodil Day

February 28,2017

Spring into the season at Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Daffodil Day

Historic Oakland Foundation, Georgia Daffodil Society host third annual garden event

 

ATLANTA – With springtime just around the corner, Historic Oakland Cemetery’s gardens get ready for a bounty of blooms at the third annual Daffodil Day. Presented in partnership with Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) and the Georgia Daffodil Society (GDS), Daffodil Day celebrates the thousands of heirloom daffodils planted throughout Oakland Cemetery’s 48 acres.

On Saturday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Daffodil Day attendees are invited to participate in a range of interactive garden activities. Daffodil Day includes a cut flower display, plant sale, “Ask the Expert” panel with GDS representatives, children’s crafts and storytelling, garden tours, and presentations from daffodil and gardening experts.

Presenters include: Sara Van Beck, leading daffodil authority and author of Daffodils in American Gardens: 1733-1940; Kacey Clouse of Grant Park nursery Garden*Hood; and GDS members Adam Martin and Hilary Hart.

“Our daffodils are putting on quite a show this spring; most are heirloom varieties that are rarely seen these days,” said Sara Henderson, director of gardens at HOF. “We look forward to sharing their beauty with visitors during Daffodil Day.”

Daffodil Day is free and open to the public, and all proceeds from the event benefit Oakland Cemetery’s gardens. Daffodil Day is part of Central Atlanta Progress’ Downtown Daffodil Program, a month-long celebration of the more than 240,000 daffodil bulb plantings found throughout downtown Atlanta.

In addition to Daffodil Day, upcoming gardens-related events at Oakland Cemetery include an Atlanta Audubon Society-hosted birding field trip on March 25, and the annual Spring Plant Sale. HOF members can take advantage of a Spring Plant Sale presale on Friday, April 7 in advance of the sale open to the general public on Saturday, April 8. For details on these and other events at Oakland Cemetery, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com/events.

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About Historic Oakland Foundation: About Historic Oakland Foundation: Founded in 1850, Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery spans 48 acres of gardens, wildlife and sculpture. Oakland is the final resting place for 70,000 people, including author Margaret Mitchell, 27 Atlanta mayors, six former governors, Civil War generals and soldiers, and thousands of unmarked graves. Oakland Cemetery offers critical green space for recreation and serves as a cultural resource for lifelong learners who come to study history, art, architecture, archaeology, horticulture, photography and more. Working in partnership with the City of Atlanta, Historic Oakland Foundation works to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery. Visit www.oaklandcemetery.com for more details.

About Georgia Daffodil Society: Founded in 1954, Georgia Daffodil Society’s focus is growing and exhibiting daffodils in the north-central and north Georgia region. Its membership includes gardeners from Alabama, South Carolina and western North Carolina. Member’s interests range from competitively exhibiting modern hybrids, to growing miniatures, to identifying historics to hybridization.

 

Media Contact

Pamela Henman
Historic Oakland Foundation
404-688-2107 x. 13phenman@oaklandcemetery.com