Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

(Emily Thurlow) Brian Cruey, director of Naumkeag, walking in a field of Daffodils. Nearly 65,000 Daffodils were planted last fall.

STOCKBRIDGE — Nature’s golden trumpets have heralded in springtime at Naumkeag.

The Trustees of Reservations announced that Naumkeag has officially opened for the 2019 season with its first-ever Daffodil Festival. The flowery event is the only one of its kind throughout all of the the Trustees properties, said Brian Cruey, Naumkeag’s director.

Last fall, more than 65,000 daffodil bulbs were planted. From now through Mother’s Day on May 12, guests can behold the 15 different varieties of daffodils. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. In addition to daffodils, Naumkeag also has a number of other flowering bulbs such as tulips, Glory of the Snow and grape hyacinths.

The event, Cruey said, offers a reprieve from a long winter.

“We tend to suffer a long winter, especially here in the Berkshires, and the Daffodil Festival offers a warm welcome to the outdoors,” he said.

In keeping with the mission of The Trustees, the family-friendly event also advocates for people to get outside and connect with natural through special places, said Nell Buck, social media manager for The Trustees.

In similar fashion to Winterlights, visitors follow a half-mile, self-guided path complete with pink flags through the property’s garden rooms.

The festival will also feature activities for all ages, including a scavenger hunt and a Mother’s Day concert.

But before the festival was opened to the public, Cruey gave this newspaper a sneak peek at the array of golden blossoms.

“Much like Winterlights, the Daffodil Festival features surprises around every turn,” Cruey said with a grin. “And who doesn’t love a little whimsy?”
Tickets for the festival are $15 for non-members, $9 for members and children are admitted free.

For more information, including a full list of daily activities and events, visit the Daffodil Festival Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2UxzYcq.

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