California Daffodil Shows and Events for 2024

Northern California Daffodil Society (NCDS)

Annual Bay Area Daffodil Show  

March 6th through March 7th, 2024,  co-hosted by NCDS and Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore. Alden Lane Nursery.

Alden Lane Nursery daffodil show location: 981 Alden Lane Livermore, CA 94550 in the “Seasons Room”.  Nursery Phone number 925 447-0280

Show Entry, Judging and Display Schedule (all times are PST ( Pacific Standard Time )

Tuesday March 5th 

Volunteers set up show 4 PM
Public may enter flowers from 4 PM through 9 PM.  Bring all daffodils for display & judging. Names and questions about daffodils will be answered by Daffodil Society experts.

Wednesday March 6th

Public may enter flowers from 6 AM through 10 AM
Flower Judging from 10 AM through 1 PM
Show is open to the public for free from 1 PM through 5 PM.
Annual NCDS Membership Dinner Meeting  5:30 PM at Terra Mia restaurant in Livermore.

Thursday March 7th

Show is open to the public for free from 10 AM through 4 PM.
Volunteers dismantle show at 4 PM
Daffodil bouquets may be available for a donation of $5 after 4 PM

Annual Mother Lode Show

The “Mother Lode Daffodil Show” in Murphys California was canceled this year because of a date overlap with the American Daffodil Society’s National Convention.

Annual Julian Daffodil Show

March 23rd and 24th, 2024 ( Show Entries on March 22th )
Julian is a town located in San Diego County, California

ADS Pacific Regional Show

March 23rd and 24th, 2024  hosted by the Fortuna Garden Club  

Annual NCDS gathering

Sunday, November (date to be determined) – hosted by Alden Lane Nursery
Our last daffodil event of the year is for NCDS members only and is our Fall Potluck Party and Daffodil Bulb Sale, beginning at 12:00 PM until 4pm at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.
There will be a gift for new members who attend. An internationally recognized horticultural speaker like Harold Koopowitz is our guest speaker and will make a presentation.

Come join us for Daffodil fun!

American Daffodil Society National Show and Convention

April 10th to 13th, 2024  in Herndon Virginia.

For information about this national event visit  American Daffodil Society National Show and Convention

American Daffodil Society “Judges Schools”

An ADS “Judges School III” will be held at the National Convention on April 9th and 10th, 2024.

See the 2024 ADS Convention Schedule of Events

A second judges refresher course will be given at the 2024  ADS Fall Board Meeting.

American Daffodil Society “Fall Forum and Board Meeting”

October or November date to be determined.

2024 NCDS  and Fortuna  Garden Club Daffodil Show Schedules

“Schedules” are related to where to enter your daffodils into a show.  These are not dates but are an organised list of groups that help people enter their daffodils with daffodils from other people so they are competing with the similar class of flowers. Daffodils vary by size, color, shape of the bloom, and other unique features.  The schedules are a practical way for you  to place your daffodil entry in a show in a similar group.  This gives you a way to be recognized for your entry which may be considered better than others in the same scheduled group.

When you bring daffodils to enter a show, other more experienced people will help you enter them in the correct scheduled group.

Show schedules have not changed much in past years for “local” shows.  National shows have more variations.

Please use these past schedules as examples of the show classes and rules:

This was the 2022 NCDS Single Show Schedule which still has valid show entry classes and rules for Horticulture.

This was the  2023 Fortuna Garden Club Show Schedule with show entry classes and rules for two sections, Horticulture and Artistic Design.

 Annual Bay Area Show
Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore March 6th – March 7th, 2024
Please come to our Annual NCDS Daffodil Show at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane in Livermore. This nursery is a wonderful host and a delight to stroll through and view beautiful plants and flowers. Show entries will be accepted Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. While you are in Livermore, notice the substantial daffodil plantings around the city sponsored and planted by the Amador Valley Garden Club.

For leads on motel accommodations see below or contact Show Chairman Kirby Fong,
tel: 925-443-3888

Contact Kirby Fong
Chairman, Bay Area Daffodil Show       Map to Alden Lane Nursery.


Comfort Inn,
2625 Constitution Drive
(925) 606-6200

Quality Inn,
5959 Preston Ave
(925) 606-7171

Annual NCDS Membership Dinner Meeting

March 6th, 5:30 p.m.Here’s our time to meet with friends we haven’t seen since last Spring or Fall. The location of the annual NCDS Membership Meeting and the Dinner will be at  Terra Mia Restaurant Livermore.While dinner is being prepared, there will be the Annual Membership Meeting of the NCDS. Please advise Kirby Fong if you plan to attend so he can ensure enough space for our large group.

Map to Terra Mia


 Annual Mother Lode Show – This Show is cancelled .

Ironstone Winery, Murphys California, usually in March


 ADS Pacific Region Daffodil Show

hosted by the Fortuna Garden Club

River Lodge Conference Center by the Eel River in Fortuna

The Fortuna Garden Club’s Annual Daffodil Show features more than 600 stems of the sunny flowers on display. This is one of three major daffodil shows in the state, drawing amateur growers and propagators from California and Oregon.

The Fortuna Garden Club invites you to attend their Annual “Daffodils by the River” Daffodil Show. The show hours are Saturday, 1 to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. Those interested in entering daffodils and/or floral designs please contact Maria Krenek.

Attend one of the most “cordial” daffodil shows in Northern California at the Fortuna River Lodge, 1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna. Several excellent motels are just across the street and two restaurants are within walking distance. Enjoy wonderful music, coffee, tea, punch, and cookies provided by members of the Fortuna Garden Club. View the beautiful daffodil arrangements as well as the wide range of exhibition daffodil varieties. Purchase a pot of blooming daffodils to take home.

Map to Fortuna’s River Lodge

Show Entry, Judging and Display Schedule & Times:

Date: Fourth Weekend in March each year at the Fortuna River Lodge

4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Entries accepted
Dinner – Fortuna Garden Club members frequently provide something tasty!

6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Entries accepted
10:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Judging
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open to the public

11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Open to the public
Contact Maria Krenek
Chairman, Fortuna Garden Club Daffodil Show


The Best Western Country Inn, 2021 Riverwalk Drive,
Fortuna, CA 95540, tel: (707) 725-6822.

The Redwood Fortuna Riverwalk Hotel 1859 Alomar Way, Fortuna, CA
95540, tel: (800) 881-1523.

Comfort Inn, 1583 River Drive, Fortuna,
CA 95540, tel. (707) 725-7025.

 Annual Julian Daffodil Show – Daffodil Lovers

Julian Daffodil Show  Come celebrate Spring with the Flower of Hope at Julian, which is just an hour east of San Diego, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains.  Admission is Free!

The Daffodil Show will be held at the Julian Town Hall:

2129 Main Street
Corner of Washington and Main Street
Julian, California.

Click on this link, “Julian Daffodil Show 2010” to see beautiful photos from this past year’s show.

Friday, March 22rd 2024 – Bring all daffodils for display & judging. Names and questions about daffodils will be answered by Daffodil Society experts.

Saturday, Mar 23th and Sunday Mar 24, 2024 –  Open to the Public, 10am  to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by Julian Chamber of Commerce search for “daffodil”.  Contact Connie Colten (619) 562-0867

Fall Bulb Sale
Look at those bags of bulbs that need a good home!

Sunday, November (date to be determined), our last daffodil event of the year is for NCDS members only and is our Fall Potluck Party and Daffodil Bulb Sale, beginning at 12:00 PM until 4pm at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore. Keep in mind, by joining NCDS ($15 per household) you are eligible to enjoy all afternoon events including the bulb sale – easily a value far in excess of the cost of a membership!

There are bulbs available from hybridizers and bulb growers from all over the world. Experts will be available to assist new members with your bulb selections and growing advice. The party format will be the following: a bulb sale with each ticket purchased guaranteed a daffodil bulb; bulb auction of select daffodil bulbs, followed by a potluck meal; refreshments, dinner plates, and cutlery furnished by NCDS. Jan plans to bring her famous smoked turkey!

We thank Jacquie Williams-Courtright of Alden Lane Nursery for inviting us back again this year. Be sure and put our bulb sale on your calendar as a ‘must attend’ for an afternoon full of daffodil bulbs, fun and great food!

Map to Alden Lane Nursery.

Please note, NCDS Board of Directors meeting will be held at 11:00.

November 2024 (day to be determined),  NCDS Fall Bulbs at Annual gathering at Alden Lane Nursery. There will be bulbs available for auction, but there will be no drawing for bulbs by buying tickets. There will be a gift for new members who attend. Harold Koopowitz is our guest speaker and will present “Growing Daffodils in California“.

March 6th, 2024  Annual NCDS Membership Dinner, Saturday evening at Terra Mia restaurant in Livermore.

Photos by Nancy Tackett, Ben Blake and Jesse Snipes