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  • Writer's pictureJohn Patota

A River of Daffodils at Dorothea Dix Park

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

Any visit the the City of Oaks must include a stop at this downtown Raleigh attraction.

Today, I was surprised to come across this mass of yellow Daffodils so early in the year. Granted, thy are one of the first signs of Spring, but are not normally seen in early February. More like mid-March.

Daffodils make me think of my Mother. These bulbs are her favorite. She tirelessly plants and transplants them in her sprawling garden in Massachusetts over the last 50 years.

Because they bloom so early, some years they would be the only color in her garden, sometimes even pushing up thru the snow.

A river of Daffodils greet visitors to Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.

These Daffodils where planned by the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department in 2019.

You can find this delightful display of 50,000 Daffodils behind the Flower Cottage off Umstead Drive, near the historic cemetery. The perfect time to see them is a short window in early February.

Dorothea Dix Park, a sprawling 300-acres in the center of the city, is owned and operated by the City of Raleigh. There, you will find open fields, a dog park and roads lined with majestic oaks.

The park staff reminds us not to pick flowers, leaving them for everyone to enjoy. Dorothea Dix Park is owned and operated by the City of Raleigh and is open daily (including holidays) from dawn to dusk.

Come back to the park in July to see a 5-acre field of Sunflowers in full bloom.

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