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It’s Daffodil Time in Amador County

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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Spring is one of the most beautiful times to visit the Jackson Rancheria RV Park in Amador County, California, thanks to hundreds of thousands of daffodils and other flowers blooming throughout the area, especially at Daffodil Hill, a private ranch in the hills above Jackson and Sutter Creek.

The farm began as a 36-acre ranch and toll road owned by the McLaughlin family since 1887. In the 1930s, the first visitors stopped to admire the family’s garden. Responding to public interest, the family began expanding the flower bed.

Today much of the landscape around the old homestead is covered with more than 300 named varieties of daffodils. For the last 20 years, the McLaughlins have continued to plant up to 6,000 new bulbs a year. It is estimated that today, Daffodil Hill is carpeted with over 300,000 bulbs.

Nature determines when Daffodil Hill opens to the public. It opens when 25 percent of the flowers are in bloom and closes when only 25 percent remain (usually mid to late April, but the weather’s been so strange the last few years that you never know). After that it goes back to a working ranch.

Daffodil Hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. depending on weather. Admission and parking are free. Call 209-296-7048 for information.

Ask the friendly staff at Jackson Rancheria’s RV Park for directions to Daffodil Hill and other local attractions.

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