The Fortuna Garden Club marks the return of its annual Daffodil Show after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.
The floral celebration will take place Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the River Lodge, 1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna.
“(Daffodils) are a spectacular take on winter and a beacon for the promise of spring,” said Denise Lea, former president and current president of publicity for the Fortuna Garden Club. “Not shy in any way, they demand to be noticed. They’re tough, they’re simple, they’re easy, they’re full of surprises in all shapes, flavors and colors.
“Daffodils aren’t just yellow,” she said. “We can see them defiant and alluring in their presence from fall to late spring. Plant once in (the) fall and enjoy many more for a lifetime without hassle or hassle. They aim to to please.
Lea says it’s a joyful feeling to see the spectacle of the daffodil blooming again in Fortuna.
“(It’s) the same expression you get when you see those first daffodils blooming,” Lea said. “Spring is here (and) life is warmer and more beautiful.”
She added: “We’re all very excited, but also a little nervous. All the staging details are coming back bit by bit. It wasn’t a decision we could make with confidence just a month ago, but we are ready to go now. They are a very enthusiastic and hardworking group, committed to a great show year after year.
The public is invited to attend the daffodil show and admission is free. Everyone is also welcome to enter daffodil stems and/or floral designs into the show. To participate in the judged event, bring rods/displays to River Lodge on Friday 3-8pm or Saturday 8-10am
“Entry to the show is free and it’s a matter of deciding whether you’ll enter floral arrangements or flower stems,” Lea said. “… Entering the show involves following the rules outlined in the show
program. The program defines your entry, whether it is an arrangement, an individual stem, or a collection of stems. … We have very small arrangements and large ones, just like we have single stem daffodils and collections that can include 64 different flowers. Even better, we also have categories for youth registrations. It is also a forum to deepen our knowledge of daffodils
and celebrate daffodil breeders and daffodil growers and collectors. (For more information on the daffodils’ participation in the show, email Fortuna Garden Club President Maria Krenek at [email protected])
Daffodils are indeed easy to grow in Humboldt County.
“Our moderate temperatures and humidity allow them to grow well with reasonable drainage and our drier summers for a preferred dormant period,” Lea said. “But our conditions also allow for good growing conditions for a wide range of daffodil types and species. This is what we can reveal at the Fortuna Garden Club Daffodil show. They have also been a flower with a long history here, having been brought by early settlers, grown locally and encouraged by the Fortuna Garden Club for its 47th year of daffodil shows.
Potted daffodils will also be on sale at the Salon de la jonquille, while supplies last. The cost is $15 each or two for $25. In addition, a raffle will be held for a quilt made in memory of Fortuna Garden Club member Willy Fogg. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The Daffodil Show supports Fortuna Garden Club’s many projects for the city of Fortuna and its people, Lea said.
“The garden club is about doing things together for our members, our community, and our learning and teaching about gardens, plants, and people,” she said.