Daffodil Show and Conference

On April 25 and 26, the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts the American Daffodil Society’s national show and conference.

| April 3, 2009

  • Daffodils in closeup view.
    A close-up of Narcissus blooms.
    iStockphoto.com/Igor Grochev
  • A bouquet of daffodils.
    Yellow daffodils make a wonderful spring bouquet.
    iStockphoto.com/Richard Lewis
  • Fresh daffodils.
    Picture perfect daffodils.
    iStockphoto.com/Gabriela Schaufelberger

  • Daffodils in closeup view.
  • A bouquet of daffodils.
  • Fresh daffodils.

Glencoe, Illinois – On April 25 and 26, the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts the American Daffodil Society’s national show and conference, featuring more than 1,000 daffodils on display. The show includes cut blooms and photography competitions, as well as floral designs inspired by the display gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Daffodil growers of all skill levels are invited to participate. There is no fee for entering daffodils in the competition. Show hours are from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has 18 specialized collections of distinction, one of which is Narcissus. As an American Daffodil Society (ADS) Display Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden displays currently contain more than 500,000 Narcissus bulbs in 206 varieties. Many of these bulbs will be in bloom outdoors in the garden's 23 display gardens at the time of the show. In addition, the garden is forcing daffodil bulbs in containers and will display as many divisions as possible outside the Visitor Center.

John Reed, a hybridizer and president of Oakwood Daffodils, named a new daffodil for the American Daffodil Society in honor of this year's show to be unveiled at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Narcissus 'Glencoe' is a Division II daffodil with white petals surrounding a pink cup. This past fall, the garden planted 65 bulbs outside the Visitor Center for bloom during the show this spring as well as 100 more bulbs that have been added to the permanent collections in the pink and silver bed of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Conference lectures are open to the public and are held in the Alsdorf Auditorium.

Lectures for Saturday, April 25, include Carol Salome, "Daffodils in Art" at 2 p.m., and Trudi Temple, "Green Gardening" at 3 p.m.

Lectures for Sunday, April 26, include Tom Stettner, "Before & After the Photo: How to Get Your Best Digital Daffodil Picture" at 9:30 a.m., and Keith Kridler, "Growing $50 bulbs in 5 cent soil" at 2 p.m.

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