The first day of spring isn’t until March 19, but don’t tell the daffodils. They plan to make an appearance at the end of this month.
Thousands of yellow daffodils take over Historic Oakland Cemetery each year, and you can celebrate the flower at the annual Daffodil Day on February 29.
For those not familiar with the cemetery, it is where Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and other Atlanta notables are buried.
Did you know daffodils are also known as Narcissus, named for the beautiful hunter of Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection?
Although the flowers are like a ray of sunshine, the bulbs can be both beneficial and harmful. Scientists have identified a natural compound in the bulb called narciclasine that has been used to treat brain cancer. The bulbs also contain poisonous crystals that can make your dog sick, however.
In addition to flower and greenery displays, this free event will have guided garden tours, children’s activities, local garden experts, and a plant and used books sale.
Proceeds from the sales will benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s gardens team. You can choose from an assortment of heirloom and unusual plants to buy.
You can also get 10% off purchases at the Museum Shop (Historic Oakland Foundation members get an additional 10% discount).
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29
Historic Oakland Cemetery: 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
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