Sponsor a display of wild daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
Sponsoring one of Wakehurst's stunning bulb displays is a special way to celebrate the life of a loved one, remember a special anniversary or family event.
The poet Wordsworth wrote about wild daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) which is also known as the lent lily.
- All gifts are recorded on Kew's Commemorative Touchscreen Register.
- The register at Wakehurst Place is in the Millennium Seed Bank.
Introducing the wild daffodil
This well-known European flower brings bright swathes of colour to woods and grassland in early spring. Although the daffodil is sometimes known as the Easter lily, it is actually a member of the Amaryllidaceae family (the plant family that also includes snowdrops) and hence is not a true lily.
The Latin name for daffodil is thought to have been inspired by Narcissus, who was a figure in Greek mythology said to have fallen in love with his reflection in a pool of water. The nodding head of the daffodil is said to represent Narcissus bending down and gazing at his reflection.
Sponsor a display of flowering bulbs - download our commemorative giving form (pdf) or phone us on 0208 332 3200 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) to make a donation by card.
Wild daffodil' at Wakehurst
Now naturalised in the lawn south of the Wakehurst Mansion, next to the pond, Narcissus pseudonarcissus adds to the spring spectacular at Wakehurst. With flowers of clear golden yellow, they flower in February and March, providing a wonderful vista from the Mansion lawns.
Sponsor a display of flowering bulbs
Choose the plant species that you would like to sponsor at Wakehurst from the list below.
These bulb displays are available for sponsorship of £250 each and funds raised will be used for the planting and maintenance of the Gardens. Your dedication will be recorded on the Commemorative Touchscreen Register, located in Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and you will receive a personalised certificate detailing your chosen species.
Sponsor a display of flowering bulbs - download our commemorative giving form (pdf) or phone us on 0208 332 3248 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) to make a donation by card.
Flowering bulbs available at Wakehurst
The five species available to sponsor at Wakehurst are:
1. Snakes’ head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
2. Crocus "Whitewell Purple" (Crocus tommasinianus)
3. Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen coum
4. Wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
5. Common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
There are also five plant species available to sponsor at Kew Gardens.
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27 Jul 2012
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