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2018 Events & Shows

February 24th-25th, 2018 - Filoli's "Daffodil Daydreams"   at Woodside. 

NCDS and Fortuna Daffodil Show Schedules for 2018

March 3rd-4th 2018 - 48th Annual Bay Area Daffodil Show co-hosted by Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore

March 3rd 2018, 5:30 p.m. - Annual NCDS Membership Dinner, at Terra Mia Restaurant in Livermore

March 10th, 2018 - Daffodil Show at the Julian Town Hall in historic Julian, California  in San Diego County. 

March 10th-11th 2018 - 23rd Annual Mother Lode Daffodil Show co-hosted by Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys

March 10th, 2018 7:00 p.m. - Daffodil Celebration Evening at Alchemy Restaurant in Murphys

March 24th -25th 2018 - 43rd Annual Daffodil Show hosted by the Fortuna Garden Club, at River Lodge Conference Center, Fortuna

April 5th- 8th 2018 - American Daffodil National Show and Convention hosted by Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society, in the Nashville, TN area.

TBD - NCDS Fall Board of Directors Meeting at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore

TBD - Annual Fall Bulb Sale & Potluck at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore


Come join us for some Daffodil fun!

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Filoli's "Daffodil Daydreams"

Filoli Gardens

February 24th-25th

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. 

Saturday afternoon Melissa Reading will give a walking tour of the Filoli gardens and Sunday afternoon Nancy Tackett will give a presentation about growing daffodils in Northern California. The  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 page for  Daffodil Daydreams

 Tour Map & Directions to Filoli


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ADS Judging Schools & Refreshers

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


At this time there is no judges school or judges refresher scheduled in this area.


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2018 NCDS & Fortuna Daffodil Show Schedules

Below is the 2018 NCDS Show Schedule and includes classes and rules for two sections Horticulture and Photography for Murphys Show. The Livermore show will use only the Horticulture section.

2018 NCDS Show Schedule


Below is the 2017 Fortuna Show Schedule. This Show Schedule includes the classes and rules for two sections, Horticulture and Artistic Design. The 2018 Fortuna Show Schedule will be posted here when finalized.

2017 Fortuna Daffodil Schedule



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Julian Annual Daffodil Show - "Daffodil Lovers"


March 10th

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


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48th Annual Bay Area Show

Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore

March 3rd-4th
Please come to 48th Annual NCDS Daffodil Show 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 Friday evening and Saturday morning. The show hours are Saturday 1 to 5 pm and Sunday 10 to 4p.m. 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

Map to Alden Lane Nursery.



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

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

Show Entry, Judging and Display Schedule:

4:00 PM set up (We always need help for this one)
Dinner  while staging blooms - food will be available for all stagers.

6:00 AM to 10:00 Accept entries
10:00AM to 1:00PM Judging
1:00PM to 5:00PM Open to the public

10:00AM to 4:00PM Open to the public
4:00PM Dismantle show and sell daffodil bouquets

Contact Kirby Fong
Chairman, Bay Area Daffodil Show

Map to Alden Lane Nursery.


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Annual NCDS Membership Dinner Meeting

March 4th 5:30 p.m.
Here's our time to meet with friends we haven't seen since last Spring or Fall. Our annual NCDS Membership Meeting and Dinner will be at the Terra Mia Restaurant in 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


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 23rd Annual Mother Lode Show

Ironstone Winery, Murphys

March 10th-11th
The 23rd Annual Mother Lode Daffodil Show is sponsored by the NCDS 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

Alchemy Market and Cafe

March 10th 6:00 p.m.  -----    Alchemy Market and Wine Bar/Cafe, Murphys

On Saturday evening, there will be a dinner open to daffodil enthusiasts at a lovely restaurant in Murphys.  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.


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43rd Annual Daffodil Show - Fortuna Garden Club

River Lodge Conference Center by the Eel River in  Fortuna

March 24th-25th

The Fortuna Garden Club invites you to attend their 43rd 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 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

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 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.


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Daffodil Celebration Dinner at Ivanhoe's in Ferndale


March 24th 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 Maria Krenek

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!



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Fall Bulb Sale

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

Sunday, October 29, 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! Hopefully, Jan will bring her smoked turkey.


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

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