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Friday, April 27, 2018

Daffodils at Dusk

April means daffodils day and night in the gardens surrounding Blithewold, the 45-room English-style mansion once owned by the Van Wickle family and whose grounds are now ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England. And while they’re magnificent during the day (we’ll get to that in a moment), Daffodils at Dusk gives you a slightly different perspective on these gorgeous flowers.

As the sun slips below the horizon, daffodils, fiddlehead ferns and leaf buds slowly awaken before your eyes as you wander the enchanting gardens from 6-8 pm. Sip a complimentary cocktail or lemonade as ambient music and lighting add to the natural beauty and an outdoor scavenger hunt of the spring gardens is organized for the kids (and for those who are young at heart.) Dusk activities are included with regular Blithewold admission ($14 adults; $10 military or full-time student; $5 youths 6-17; $28 for a family of two adults and two kids); if you’re interested in a bite to eat, the museum’s Acacia Café stays open, serving local, natural, and organic food items. Daffodils at Dusk takes place Fridays, April 20 and 27.

Now, about the days. Daffodil Days is an annual event at Blithewold (2018 dates are TBD), when tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring. Daffodil Days programs include Afternoon Teas, the Fairy Festival and a variety of hands-on workshops for horticultural enthusiasts. For more, visit