There is no surer sign of spring. It doesn’t matter what the calendar says, or when the planets align, or how low the mercury goes. Don’t listen to the weatherman — listen to me. I’m here to tell you that when you see daffodils everywhere in Atlanta, spring is here.
We think of Oakland Cemetery’s annual Daffodil Day as the event that kicks off Atlanta’s spring festival season. It is usually structured as a charming, one-day festival takes place annually in late February — but it’s a little different in 2023.
The extreme cold snap in December, 2022, damaged a lot of plants at Oakland and delayed the growth of others, so bloom times are a bit unpredictable this spring.
Because of that, the 2023 Daffodil Days event is a self-guided stroll that you can do anytime you want between now and March 30, 2023.
The event is FREE and open to the public, during Oakland’s regular hours. There are more than 70 different varieties of daffodils that bloom throughout the season.
Just download and follow the suggested route map, and stop along the way to read signage about these beautiful and historic bulbs.
Be sure to watch our video from the 2019 Daffodil Day!
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The daffodils at Oakland Cemetery
You’re invited to celebrate the (hopefully) warmer weather and the arrival of daffodils by spending some time in Oakland Cemetery’s historic Victorian gardens, at your own leisure, any day of the week.
Oakland is home to dozens of varieties of historic daffodils, many of them “rescued” from old farmlands as development spread. You’ll see the golden trumpets you’re familiar with, but also small-cupped daffodils, frilly double cupped varieties, and drifts of tiny jonquils.
Because there are early, mid-season, and late blooming varieties, daffodil season lasts three full weeks — so if you can’t come for the one-day Daffodil Days festival, put Oakland on your calendar for any day in March.
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(Did we mention there is no surer sign of spring?)
About the venue
Historic Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park, and the final resting place for many notable citizens — including author Margaret Mitchell, former Atlanta mayors Maynard Jackson and Ivan Allen, sports legend Bobby Jones, and Civil War soldiers.
Less than a mile from downtown Atlanta, Oakland’s 48 acres are a treasure trove of history, gardens, sculpture, architecture, and ancient oaks and magnolias.