Scotland’s first ever daffodil festival opens in Fife. Look forward to Spring with a visit to the Daffodil Festival at Collessie near St Andrews and look back at the heritage of this special flower
There is nothing that announces the arrival of Spring more than the sight of daffodils. Whether they are in a finely tended lawn, in a hedgerow or in vast swathes, daffodils bring a smile to everyone’s face.
And what better way to celebrate them than with a festival? Over the Easter Weekend the Rossie Estate, near Collesie Ladybank is hosting Scotland’s first ever daffodil festival. It promises to be a great family event as well as a must for keen gardeners.
Celebrity daffodil expert, George Anderson of The Beechgrove Garden will cut the ribbon to open the festival which runs on 15th and 16th April. Something daffodilly will interest beginners and experts alike. Outdoor activities for families include the fun Bring and Show; bring three daffodils of the same variety from your garden with no slug nicks on a natural length stem to show and prizes are on offer. There will also be a woodland daffodil trail and egg hunt, secret grotto, putting on the lawn, café with a Festival menu, local stall holders and plant sales.
The Festival has been organised by the Backhouse family whose daffodil collection dates back to the 1800s. Caroline Thomson is a direct Backhouse descendent and is attempting to restore the Backhouse collection of heritage bulbs. She and her family are immersed in a race around the country to find these rare species and bring them back to Fife before they disappear. These daffodil collections are incredibly important to today’s breeds as so many are descended from them.
Caroline said “To date we have been very lucky in that this exciting project has attracted knowledgeable daffodil experts whose support has been greatly valued. Hopefully the Backhouse daffodils collected to date will be enjoyed by lots of visitors to the garden and their grace and beauty enthuse future generations with a love of daffodils.”