Daffodils are synonymous with spring; the bulbs are planted in autumn and they spend several months developing roots before they burst into flower in spring, providing a welcome splash of colour after the grey winter months. They are one of the most popular garden plants in the UK which is why a whole weekend of celebrations has been dedicated to this special flower. Backhouse Rossie Estate in Fife will play host to Scotland’s Daffodil Festival from 10am–4pm on the 14th and 15th April 2018.
Backhouse Rossie Estate
Purchased by Caroline and Andrew Thomson in 2005, the Backhouse Rossie Heritage and Education Centre aims to preserve and care for their family’s horticultural history. The once rundown garden is now known for its rare heritage daffodils, holding the family’s award-winning daffodils in the National Collection for Narcissus Backhouse cultivars awarded by Plant Heritage.
The Royal Scots Club is pleased to announce that Caroline will be taking part in a Speakers Lunch at the Club on Monday 10th April. Caroline, an artist and sculptor, is a descendant of the Backhouses, a Quaker family known for botany and ethical banking. During the lunch she will detail how the family brought together the plants and their history, and created the garden which stands today. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets for the Speakers Lunch, please click here.
Scotland’s Daffodil Festival
Scotland’s Daffodil Festival, also being held in April, offers visitors the chance to see some of the first daffodil cultivars ever created in the UK (based on the Wordsworth style daffodils) in a National Collection and hundreds of different historic, scented, modern and rare daffodils with spring flowers in a Walled Garden. Visitors will be able to enjoy the Woodland Daffodil Walk to the Covenanter’s tomb, a Bear Walk and 9-hole putting, as well as a daffodil display, talks and tour and plant stalls. Early bird tickets for the Festival can be purchased here.