Tracing the history of the daffodil from Europe to the US and its popularity in the American garden, this presentation highlights the propagation and preservation of Narcissus. Information culled from nursery trade and seed catalogs combined with modern taxonomies shows the changing use of daffodils in the landscape, reflecting larger gardening trends. A discussion on how current market forces and environmental changes shape daffodil hybridizing and preservation is followed by a viewing of iconic botanical works celebrating spring blooms throughout history.
About the Speaker
Renowned horticulturist and avid gardener Sara Van Beck is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost daffodil authorities. She is chair of the Historics Committee of the American Daffodil Society (ADS), established their Display Garden Program, and also serves on the Acquisitions Committee of the Cherokee Garden Library, Atlanta History Center.
Van Beck worked as a museum curator with the National Park Service and is the former president of the Georgia Daffodil Society. An avid writer, Van Beck’s Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733–1940 is considered the premier work on the history and cultivation of Narcissus.