Daffodils at Cliveden 2019

Cliveden is a National Trust property located in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. Vast quantities of narcissi are naturalised throughout the formal gardens – we assume the first bulbs were planted many decades ago, perhaps during the latter half of the 19th century.

These narcissi provide our visitors with a wonderfully varied and colourful display every spring. We have decided to make the daffodil the focus our 2019 garden event – ‘The Gilded Gardens’ runs from March 1st until April 30th.

Throughout this period we will be displaying over 50 varieties of narcissi, none of which is currently to be found growing on the estate. Varieties range from Narcissus ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ to Narcissus moschatus, so I hope that our visitors will find familiar, old favourites alongside narcissi they’ve not seen before.

The bulbs have been planted in terracotta pots and these will be presented on tiered stands within our two Ferneries. The Ferneries form each end of the recently restored South Terrace. They have magnificent gilded gates and grilles, the gates will be open with the tiered stands positioned within the archways. We hope the overall effect will be impressive.

Matthew Palmer
Senior Gardener

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