Chicago Botanic Garden
For daffodil lovers, there is no scarcity of daffodils in April and May and perhaps earlier when there is a mild winter. You can find out about what's in bloom from the weekly updates on the Chicago Botanic Garden website here.
We have received detailed historic blooming information from the Chicago Botanic Garden. Most daffodils bloom from mid-April through early May, however miniatures often bloom earlier. It depends on when the ground thaws. Looking at the narcissus blooms since 1999, the first mention of narcissus occurred 60% of the time on April 1.
The first narcissus are always the miniatures, such as 'Little Gem' and 'Mite'. These are scattered around in small quantities, not major displays. About a week later most of the other varieties start blooming. The last to bloom are double daffodils and poeticus or pheasant's eye narcissus. When those are at their peak, the others are fading.
Everything you could ever want to know about the Chicago Botanic Garden can be found on its website, its wikipedia entry, Yelp, and Facebook, all listed below. From wikipedia: "Located in Glencoe, Ill. the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands featuring 23 distinct display gardens surrounded by lakes, as well as a prairie and woodlands. With events, programs and activities for all ages, the Garden is open every day of the year, except Dec. 25."
Last Updated: January 9, 2016