"Then my heart with pleasure fills...And dances with the daffodils" - William Wordsworth
Spring has definitely sprung and we are certainly starting to see new life bloom. It is getting us excited to spend more time outside enjoying fresh air and sunshine (even though we have terrible allergies). One of our favorite things to do this time of year is photograph flowers! Especially ones like daffodils that really pop against all that is green surrounding them. That being said, we wanted to share some of the best spots around Massachusetts to check out some daffodils that are also perfect photo opps thanks to these seasonal commodities.
Celebrate all things daffodil at the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket
The 43rd annual Nantucket Community Daffodil Flower Show is only part of the island’s weekend-long flower-themed festival. The celebration will also include tours, brunches, art shows, contests, picnics, performances, wine tastings, exhibitions, and parades—featuring kids, dogs, and antique cars. Here’s a complete schedule of events. The festival kicks off this Friday, April 28 and goes to Sunday, April 30. Some events are free and some do charge admission but it's a worthwhile price to pay to see some perfect petals!
Visit Parsons Daffodil Field in Dartmouth
Wear sturdy shoes to this daffodil field, located at the Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth just south of Russell’s Mills Village. You’ll have to travel a quarter mile from the reserve entrance to get to it, and the dirt-covered trails have rocks, tree roots, hills, and wet spots. However, the view is something you won't want to miss. According to the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust website, more than 12,000 people trekked to the field in 2016. Note that parking is limited, and the trust asks that you follow the daffodil field rules. The Reserve is open from late April through early May from sunrise to sunset. Admission is $2 for non-members and free for members.
Take a guided tour at Daffodil Days in Falmouth
Ask a master gardener all of your daffodil questions and take a guided tour of thousands of daffodils at the Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days. During this daffodil celebration that takes place the last two Saturdays of the month, you’ll also find face painting; performances by the Falmouth Academy String Octet, a ventriloquist, and the Falmouth Fiddlers, items for sale, and a wishing tree. You may even get some advice on how to grow these beauts in your own front yard! Check out this celebration, Saturday April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free but donations are encouraged.
Stroll through the Field of Gold in Boylston
The Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Field of Gold blooms with 25,000 daffodils each year. Visitors can sign a daffodil guest book at the scenic spot, and kids can go on a scavenger hunt through the field. If you like your daffodils and other spring flowers with a guided tour, check out the Tower Hill’s Spring Bulbs Tour on May 3. The tour is free with admission, but guests must pre-register for it. Or, on May 6 and 7, wake up and smell the daffodils at the Daffodil Show, which is free with admission. The garden is open throughout April and May. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 to 18. You can really get a new profile pic and some Instagram-worthy shots here!
We hope you're as inspired as we are to get outside this spring and devour the details of the new life blooming across Massachusetts!