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And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

--from William Wordsworth's poem ‘The Daffodils

Daffodils are Easy!

Daffodils are one of the easiest perennial plants to grow in Minnesota! Many, many varieties are reliably hardy here. They're not just yellow anymore—pinks, oranges, whites, reds and greens have been created. Deer, squirrels and rabbits leave them alone, unlike other spring bulbs. They are one of the first signs of spring after our long winters. They are long lasting cut flowers. And, when they are happy where they've been planted, they multiply year after year. They are virtually pest free in Minnesota's climate.

But Minnesota's harsh climate requires steps which are not mentioned in general gardening how-to books or mail-order catalogs nor are they taught by local nurseries .

Ethel’s Story

One of our members has written her tale of moving to Minnesota and the trials and tribulations of beginning to grow daffodils here. Read Ethel's story “From Maryland to Minnesota.”

Peggy’s Gift

‘Peggy's Gift’ (pictured above) was developed by renowned breeder Sir Frank Harrison of Ballydorn Bulb Farm in Northern Ireland. The original cross was done in the 1970's, and it first flowered in 1981. By 1999, Sir Frank was ready to register it and give it a name. He chose the name ‘Peggy's Gift’ to honor the 85th birthday of a friend in America, Peggy Macneale of Cincinnati, Ohio. Peggy was a long-time member of the American Daffodil Society and the South Western Ohio Daffodil Society (SWODS). Sir Frank said that it was his way of saying “thank you” to both his friend, Peggy, and the American Daffodil Society itself. Peggy was presented the registration certificate from the Royal Horticulture Society at a surprise party given by her children and many daffodil friends. One of Peggy's children, Margaret Macneale, is a member of the Daffodil Society of Minnesota and believes that the love of daffodils is indeed one of Peggy's gifts to her. Today bulbs of ‘Peggy's Gift’ are available from Ringhaddy Daffodils in Northern Ireland.

Thank You!

We hope that our website provides you with useful information, whether you are planting your first daffodil bulbs in Minnesota or whether you've grown them for years.

Enjoy your visit and we invite you to join us.

This site was created by William Smale with content provided by the Daffodil Society of Minnesota members and funded, in part, with a grant from the National Science Foundation through the Science Museum of Minnesota's Community Partnerships Serving Science Program.

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