Nana’s Garden // Charlotte Sawyer Daffodil Hill #mbgdaffodilhill
In a "good year for Daffodils" up to 300,000 bright yellow, white, and orange blooms may be blooming March through April depending on that year's winter weather. The daffodils cover a gently-sloping hill that overlooks the Japanese Garden of Tranquility and stretches east to the Blecken Pavilion.
The original Memphis Daffodil Society, circa 1940, had ammassed quite a collection of antique or heirloom varieties of daffodils by the time they disbanded in the 1970's. They dug up bulbs and donated many of these varieties to the Memphis Botanic Garden to create Daffodil Hill. In the late 80's when the Japanese Garden was being renovated, Jim Powers in honor of his mother Nana, purchased thousands of newer varieties. Over the past few years more and more daffodils have been added by the botanic garden, extending the scope of the display. As of 2016, there are now around 117 varieties on display.