Learn About Daffodils

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Horticulture Division is proud to partner with the Maryland Daffodil Society to offer programs and tours in celebration of Spring and the arrival of the daffodils.

History & Daffodils Walking Tour at Cylburn Arboretum
Date: April 10, 2021 (times vary)

Location: 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209
Registration required, space is limited – Click here to reserve a time.

Join Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Naturalist, Molly Hoopes and the Maryland Daffodil Society’s for a walking tour of Cylburn Arboretum. Participants will tour the Cylburn Mansion and grounds, learn about the history and plants collections with a special focus on daffodils. Each Spring, visitors will find nearly 25,000 daffodils blooming in large swaths throughout the Arboretum. Join us for an insider’s look at one of Baltimore City’s treasured public gardens.

Daffodils 101: Learn about daffodil divisions, colors, planting, and care.
Date: April 17, 2021, 10AM
Location: Virtual (Zoom meeting link to be sent to pre-registered attendees.)

Click here to register OR
Click “Going” online @RawlingsConservatoryDaffodils101

Join us for this live presentation by Joan Bender of the Maryland Daffodil Society discussing the basics about choosing, planting, and growing daffodils. Even for those who have never planted a garden before, Joan’s talk will get you started and on your way to enjoying the many “faces” of daffodils.   

Introduction to Botanical Art with City Naturalist Molly Hoopes 
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021 (Updated 4/7/21)

Location: Virtual (Zoom meeting link to be sent to pre-registered attendees)
Time: 1-2PM

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Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Naturalist, Molly Hoopes offers an introductory demonstration on the technical skills used in the art of botanical painting. Participants will learn to identify the parts of a Daffodil as well as how to approach drawing a flower, learn to mix colors and practice some traditional watercolor techniques. Hoopes holds a Masters degree in teaching, BA in Art and has additional training Science Illustration and Botanical Art.

Interested in following along and practicing your technique? Here is a list of supplies to get you started:

  • Hot press watercolor block
  • Sable watercolor brushes (size 00 and 4)
  • Hard drawing pencil
  • Plastic eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Tubes of transparent watercolor paint (cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, opera pink, alizarin crimson, and cerulean blue)
  • Daffodil

Social Media Spotlights

Interested but not ready to spend a lot of time taking a tour or a class? Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for short videos and other Facebook Live events! Like us at @RawlingsConservatory&BotanicalGardens

Coming soon:

  • Catch Yellow Fever…Plant Daffodils
  • Everything you want to know about Daffodils but were afraid to ask.
  • Be a Daffodil Expert: Understanding the different types.


Special thanks to our partners at the Maryland Daffodil Society (MDS) for working with us to celebrate Spring and offer this programming to our dedicated community members. To learn more about MDS, go to http://www.marylanddaffodil.org/