Just as hundreds of thousands of hibernating daffodils prepare for their coming out party this spring, Newport and Bristol counties prepare to celebrate with two annual events.
NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS FESTIVAL
April 14 - 22, 2018
Featuring nine days and more than 20 festive, family-friendly events amid nearly one million daffodils throughout the city, Newport Daffodil Days Festival begins Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 PM on Bowen's and Bannister's Wharfs with the official ribbon of daffodils cutting, live music, games, a "daffy" conga line and crowning of the Daffodil Queen. From a Daffy Doggies Parade and painting among the daffodils to private garden tours to parties, Newport Daffodil Days celebrates one of the most vibrant times throughout our City by the Sea.
“Daffodillion has now donated and helped plant more than 866,500 daffodil bulbs as part of its all-volunteer, city beautification effort,” said Project Director John Hirschboeck. “The hard work of planting in the fall yields a bounty of beauty each April. The Festival is our celebration of spring, enticing winter weary tourists and local residents to emerge from hibernation and 'go daffy.'"
GATEWAY TO SPRING AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION
April 1 - May 31, 2018
Each April, tens of thousands of Daffodils trumpet the arrival of Spring at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. The well-known daffodil display, now known as Gateway to Spring, blankets the 33-acre seaside estate with more than fifty thousand daffodils. Meander the blossom-filled mansion grounds, and keep an eye out for Blithewold's "Don’t Miss Moments” featuring photos of the gardens and grounds displaying Mother Nature's bounty on any given day on Facebook and Instagram.
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