The History of Daffodil Weekend

Tune in for a virtual discussion on the History of Daffodil Weekend with Mary Malavase and Suzanne Daub.  The Daffodil Festival has been an island tradition since the spring of 1975, after the idea was planted by Jean MacAusland and the Nantucket Garden Club during the fall of 1974.  Enjoy this evening webinar to learn more about the origins of this festive spring celebration, the planting of a million daffodil bulbs around the island, and how the annual Nantucket Garden Club Daffodil Show has grown to be a well-recognized event.  There’s no better way to celebrate the coming brightness of the spring season!

Visit to participate virtually in your favorite Daffodil Festival events: the Daffodil Show, the Daffy Pet Show, decorated antique cars, and the hat and bike parades.

The was created by in collaboration with Nantucket Garden Club, NiSHA, and The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.

Mary D. Malavase is Member of the Nantucket Garden Club.  She serves on the Board of the American Daffodil Society as Youth Chairman, is an Accredited Daffodil Judge and Judge School Instructor.   A year round resident of Nantucket for 48 years, she has attended every island daffodil flower show since the first show in 1975.


Suzanne Daub
As editor of Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket and of, Suzanne has shared her love of our island with readers in print since 1982 and online since 1994.  Daffodil season is her favorite time of year here, and she loves chatting with Mary about the bright blossoms that grow across Nantucket.


Banner image: Main Street full of people and cars decorated for the Daffodil antiques car parade, part of the annual spring Daffodil Festival in 1995. PH85-101a. 


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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