California Daffodil Shows and Events 2017


 Mother Lode Show at Ironstone Winery, Murphys

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2017 Events & Shows

February 24th-26th, 2017 – Filoli’s “Daffodil Daydreams”   at Woodside. 

ADS National, NCDS and Fortuna Daffodil Show Schedules for 2017

March TBA No show this year – a presentation about daffodils will be given at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore

March 4th-5th 2017 – Daffodil Show at the Julian Town Hall in historic Julian, California  in San Diego County.

March 10th – 12th 2017 American Daffodil Society National Show and Convention, at Sacramento California

March 18th-19th 2017 – 22nd Annual Mother Lode Daffodil Show co-hosted by Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys

March 18th, 2017 7:00 p.m. Daffodil Celebration Evening at Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp

March 25th -26th 2017 42nd Annual Daffodil Show hosted by the Fortuna Garden Club, at River Lodge Conference Center, Fortuna

October TBA, 2017 – NCDS Fall Board of Directors Meeting at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore

October TBA, 2017 – Annual Fall Bulb Sale & Potluck at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore

Come join us for some Daffodil fun!

Filoli’s “Daffodil Daydreams”

Filoli Gardens

February 24th-26th

Filoli, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a designated American Daffodil Society Display Garden, will host  their grand spring opening “Daffodil Daydreams”. Filoli is located in the outskirts of Redwood City.  NCDS members will join this celebration and bring daffodils and host an information table.

A presentation will be given Saturday morning by Nancy Tackett about growing daffodils in Northern California and Saturday and Sunday afternoons Melissa Reading will give a walking tour of the Filoli gardens.  NCDS will provide helpful handouts and display a set of beautiful educational daffodil banners that are a must see!

We invite you to visit Filoli’s beautiful web site at:

 Tour Map & Directions to Filoli

ADS Judging Schools & Refreshers

Harold Koopowitz conducting a class about hybridizing
at an ADS Judges School 

There will be an ADS Judges School II on March 9th and a judges refresher course on March 11th at the ADS National Convention at Sacramento.

2017 National, NCDS & Fortuna Daffodil Show Schedules

Come join us at the 2017 ADS National Convention! Below is the Show Schedule and includes classes and rules for two sections, Horticulture & Photography. This show will be held in Sacramento on March 10th-12th.

Click here for details about the 2017 National Show in Sacramento March 10th-12th.

Click here for ADS 2017 National Show Schedule.

Below is the 2017 NCDS Show Schedule and includes classes and rules for two sections Horticulture and Photography for Murphys Show. In 2017, there will be a daffodil program in place of a Daffodil Show at Livermore.

2017 NCDS Show Schedule

Below is the 2016 Fortuna Show Schedule. This Show Schedule includes the classes and rules for two sections, Horticulture and Artistic Design. The 2017 Fortuna Show Schedule will be posted soon. Until then, the 2016 Show Schedule will remain posted.

2016 Fortuna Daffodil Schedule

The 2017 Show Schedules will be provided once they are complete.

Julian Annual Daffodil Show – “Daffodil Lovers”


March 4th & 5th

Come celebrate Spring with the Flower of Hope at Julian, which is just an hour east of San Diego, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. The Daffodil Show will be held at the Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main Street in the center of town.

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

Friday, noon to 4 p.m. – Bring all daffodils for display & judging. Names and questions about daffodils will be answered by Daffodil Society experts.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open to the Public

Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Contact Connie Colten (619) 562-0867
Julian Daffodil Show


 22nd Annual Mother Lode Show

Ironstone Winery, Murphys

March 18th-19th
The 22nd Annual Mother Lode Daffodil Show sponsored by the NCDS and the Calaveras County Garden Club and hosted by Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys On the country road to the winery, you will marvel at the thousands of naturalized daffodils blooming along the roadside and across the landscape.  At the winery itself, you’ll be greeted by spectacular barrels of brightly blooming daffodils. But these are just appetizers! In the Showroom you’ll find captivating daffodil exhibits in horticulture, artistic designs and photography.

The horticulture show will be held in the Heritage Room, one floor below the Museum & Jewelry Shoppe. Entries will be accepted Friday afternoon and evening and early Saturday morning. The show opens at 12 p.m. Saturday and 10am Sunday.

You will be awed by the millions of naturalized daffodils growing in the countryside around Ironstone.  This is one of the reasons it is a designated American Daffodil Society Display Garden. This is St. Patrick’s Day weekend and there will be much to enjoy!  On Saturday, the town of Murphys hosts its annual celebration “Irish Days”.

Map to Ironstone Vineyards

Show Entry, Judging and Display Schedule:

6:00  to 10:00 p.m. Entries Accepted (We always need help for this)
Dinner – snacks and a no-host pizza dinner for will be available for exhibitors

6:00 to 9:00 a.m. Entries Accepted
9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. Judging

11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open to the public- free admission

  • Horticultural exhibits in the Heritage Room
  • Artistic arrangements in the Jewelry Shoppe Foyer
  • Photography in the Culinary Center

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open to the public- free admission

  • Horticultural exhibits in the Heritage Room
  • Artistic arrangements in the Jewelry Shoppe Foyer
  • Photography in the Culinary Center

3:00p.m. Dismantle show and sell daffodil bouquets!

Contact Bob Spotts or Nancy Tackett
Co-Chairmen, Mother Lode Daffodil Show

Map to Ironstone Vineyards



Murphys Inn Motel, (209) 728-1818 or (888) 796-1800

Murphys Suites, (209) 728-2121 or (877) 728-2121

Murphys Hotel, (209) 728-3444

Travel Lodge, Angels Camp (888) 753-0226

Gold Country Inn, Angels Camp (800) 851-4944

Best Western Cedar Inn, Angels Camp (800) 767-1127

Daffodil Celebration Evening

Camps Restaurant

March 18th 7:00 p.m.  —–    Camps Restaurant, Angels Camp

On Saturday evening, there will be a dinner open to daffodil enthusiasts at a lovely restaurant in Angels Camp.  Enjoy a wonderful meal while reconnecting with our friends in the California’s Gold Country. Contact Bob Spotts if you would like to join us for this wonderful dinner.

42nd Annual Daffodil Show – Fortuna Garden Club

River Lodge Conference Center by the Eel River in  Fortuna

March 25th-26th

The Fortuna Garden Club invites you to attend their 42nd 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 Janean Guest.

There will be an ADS judges refresher course on Saturday, March 26th at the River Lodge at 2:00 PM.. The fee for this course is $5.00. We are honored to have Nancy Wilson of Garberville and miniature daffodil fame teaching this refresher course. The public is welcome.

Attend one of the most “cordial” daffodil shows in Northern California at the River Lodge Conference Center, 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, “special” punch, and cookies provided by the Fortuna Garden Club.  View the beautiful daffodil arrangements as well as the wide range of show daffodil varieties.  Purchase a pot of blooming daffodils to take home/

Here is a link to an article about this beautiful show.

If you cannot attend, you can watch this event live on the Internet via the FortunaCam!

Map to Fortuna’s River Lodge

2016 Fortuna Daffodil Schedule

Show Entry, Judging and Display Schedule & Times:

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

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
2:00 PM Judges Refresher Course

11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Open to the public

Contact Janean Guest
Chairman, Fortuna Garden Club Daffodil Show


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

Holiday Inn Express 1859 Alomar Way, Fortuna, CA 95540, tel: (707) 725-5500.

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

Daffodil Celebration Dinner at Ivanhoe’s in Ferndale

March 25th 7:00 p.m.

Saturday evening, there will be a dinner open to daffodil enthusiasts at the historic Ivanhoe Hotel in the beautiful scenic town Ferndale.

E-mail your reservation and menu selection to Janean Guest

Map to Ivanhoe’s in Ferndale.


Go to Ferndale early and see the beautiful Victorian homes and visit the Black Smith Shop. These sites are not to be missed!

Fall Bulb Sale (9323 bytes)

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

Sunday, October TBA 2017

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 donated 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!

Photos by Nancy Tackett, Ben Blake and Jesse Snipes