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The Low Down on Daffodils: Up Close at Spohr Gardens in Quissett

QUISSETT – This is the kind of spring weather that can lead to up close and personal encounters with daffodils. That is how we ended up on our bellies at Spohr Gardens in Quissett getting the low down on these persistently cheery flowers.

Through our encounters, we discovered several daffodil truisms. Truism #1: Not all daffodils are the same. (Signage states that there are 34 daffodil cultivars, or varieties, at Spohr.) Truism #2: Hilly terrain improves the impact of daffodil clusters. (The Oyster Pond backdrop doesn’t hurt either.) Truism #3: All daffodil color combinations are good, but some are better than others. (We have our favorites. Which ones are yours? See slideshow.)

Wandering around the six-acre Spohr Gardens, you can’t help but think of Charlie and Margaret Spohr who purchased the pond-front property in 1950, planned and planted the gardens over the next four decades, installed Charlie’s collections of historic anchors and other maritime objects, and decided to share it all with the public. They created such a magical place, they wanted everyone to get a chance to experience it. For that, especially every spring, we give thanks to the Spohrs.

Daffodil Days are held annually the last two Saturdays in April. This year, the first Daffodil Day was cancelled due to weather. The remaining Daffodil Day at Spohr Gardens is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10am to 4pm on Fells Road, off Oyster Pond Road in Falmouth. Festivities include face painting, a wishing tree, plant sale, ventriloquist, book sale table, guided tour and Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions.

About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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