Check out this super happy list of the best places to see daffodils in Maryland, DC, and Virginia!
Let’s face it– even die hard powderhounds eventually tire of the cold winter temperatures (especially if those cold temps are, ahem.. lacking in snow accumulation).
Every year, just when you think you can’t bear to zip up your parka one more time, you see it… little yellow and white flowers pushing their way out of the hard, cold earth. Before you know it, it seems like the entire world is in bloom.
Daffodils are the perfect flower to signal the start of Spring because they are just so.. happy! They are also pretty prolific in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. If you want to gaze at these lovely flowers somewhere besides the side of the road, here are 10 utterly delightful places you will want to consider for your day trip!
Related: Check out the Kid Friendly Maryland comprehensive resource for parents: Things To Do In Maryland With Kids!
1. Historic London Town Gardens
The Historic London Town Gardens in Edgewater, MD are absolutely delightful. There are many varieties of blooming trees and flowers from early spring through autumn. London Town Gardens used to hold an annual Daffodil Show. There is no evidence that the show is still running but the daffodils still remain. If you go, be sure to check out the Woodland and Ornamental Gardens. If you are visiting with kids, be sure to also check out the Sound and Sensory Garden. For more information about London Town and the Gardens, click here: http://www.historiclondontown.org/gardens
2. Rawlings Conservatory
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park is lovely any time of the year. However, every April the Conservatory puts on a feast for the eyes with its Spring Flower Display. Dubbed ‘An Octopus’s Garden,’ this Spring flower display highlights daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. The Conservatory is open longer hours to encourage weeknight visits and to help showcase the flowers, handmade crafts and organic sculptures are used to transform the conservatory into an underwater wonderland. For more information, click here: http://www.rawlingsconservatory.org/spring-flower-show/
3. Cylburn Arboretum
The grounds of the Cylburn Arboretum in North Baltimore is expansive and a super fun place to explore year round. They also happen to have numerous patches of daffodils that pop up every Spring. You could spend an utterly delightful day walking (or running) the grounds, snapping photos, and perhaps enjoying a picnic lunch. For more information on the Cylburn Arboretum and the many varieties of gardens located on the grounds, click here: http://cylburn.org/
4. Whipps Cemetery
What? Happy yellow and white daffodils inside a cemetery? Is this for real? Yep, Whipps Garden Cemetery, located off of St. John’s Lane in Ellicott City, MD, is a 1-acre cemetery undergoing restoration. They have a few different gardens (like a rose garden) but the daffodils are the most popular blooming flower. It is so popular that the cemetery hosts a Daffodil Day every April to celebrate this happy flower and raise money for restoration projects. For more information, click here: http://whippsgardencemetery.org/
5. U.S. Arboretum
If you are not making it a point to visit the U.S. Arboretum a few times a year, you are really missing out. Starting in March, the Arboretum comes alive with blossoming trees (like magnolias and cherry blossoms) and there are numerous sweet patches of daffodils as well. The Arboretum is conveniently located on the outskirts of Washington D.C. and your kids will not only love seeing the happy daffodils, but fun attractions like the Capitol Columns or the Bonsai Trees as well. Pack a picnic lunch and make a morning of it! For more information about the U.S. Arboretum, please click here: http://www.usna.usda.gov/
6. Lady Bird Johnson Park and Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove
Pack a picnic and take a scenic drive to Lady Bird Johnson Park, an island in the Potomac near the Pentagon. For driving directions and hours of operation click here: https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/ladybirdjohnsonpark.htm
7. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
By mid-March guests can get a very sunny preview of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden ‘Million Blooms’ flower explosion. You will mainly see daffodils in Rob’s Garden, Grace Arents Garden, West Island Garden, and the Central Garden. There are many reasons to visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (I am so envious of everyone who lives in Richmond!). For more information click here: http://www.lewisginter.org/
8. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
Brent and Becky Heath are probably the most well-known Daffodil farmers in the country (they have been featured on Martha Stewart!). You can definitely pick up daffodil bulbs (and other flowers) at their store, but you will also want to treat yourself to a walk in the gardens on site as well. Here is their website: http://thebulbshoppe.com/Home
9. Gloucester Daffodil Festival
Not exactly a field of happy daffodils, but how could we not include this awesome spring festival that features the these yellow rays of sunshine? This early April festival features a parade, Children’s area, tours of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and a few fun contests. Plus– Daffodil Festival! That is so happy! Here are festival details: http://daffodilfestivalva.org/
10. Burnside Farms
Burnside Farms in Haymarket is just amazing. We first visited this pick-your-own farm for their summer sunflowers, but the tulips and daffodils are absolutely gorgeous as well. Even better? You can pick some to bring home with you! The cost to pick daffodils is 2 stems for $1 and you will definitely want to bring your camera. There are a bunch of nice props on hand to use for sweet photos. Pack a picnic lunch, have a lovely spring day among some seriously happy flowers, oh– and let your kids bounce on the jumping pillow for a while! Here is the link to Burnside Farms so you don’t miss their latest news and announcement: http://www.burnsidefarms.com/
Wherever you may roam this Spring, I really hope you get a few good peeks at these happy little flowers!