Due to the exceptionally warm weather this winter of 2015, Daffodil Hill is opening its doors for visitors to enjoy acres of blooms on Monday, Feb. 23. The usual opening time is somewhere in mid March so this uncommon opening date is an important detail to note for those who enjoy visiting the spread of glorious daffodils, tulips and other flowers dancing in their colorful skirts across the pasture, in barrels, pots, planters and anywhere they will fit and flourish. (However, always call to confirm they are open. Rains and muddy conditions, high winds or other weather conditions can effect the open/closed status daily. The recording is at (209) 296-7048)
One of the most awesome details about Daffodil Hill, other than the blooms, is that it is not only an all volunteer run attraction but also entirely free to the public. The landmark is a special destination for thousands each year as well as something the locals and land owners take great pride in cultivating. Thousands of bulbs populate the McLaughlin Ranch that has a long history of development including the first flowers that were planted by Dutchman Pete Denzer “who planted a few daffodils around his residence in remembrance of his home country.” Pioneers Arthur McLaughlin and Elizabeth “Lizzie” van Vorst-McLaughlin purchased several hundred acres of land from Denzer and established their private ranch in 1887 and added additional bulbs to further beautify the land.
A total of 6,500 new bulbs have been planted to help make 2015 even better than the year before which was glorious. Improvements have also been made to the walkways and new planters have been constructed throughout the ranch. This year the Daffodil Hill team has, they stated, “managed to prepare the property in record time and look forward to an early season.” They have also posted some reminders for people aiming to visit. See the list below.
- Hours of operation are 10am-4pm 7 days a week.
- We strongly encourage guests to come mid-week if you wish to avoid the crowds.
- Please wear appropriate footwear. The walking paths are primarily dirt and gravel and can make for tricky footing.
- Please do not walk/lay/sit in the flowers. We love seeing everyone snapping family photos, but please stay on the walking paths.
- No pets allowed on the hill. (However, pets are allowed in the parking lot)
- Feel free to pack a lunch and have a scenic picnic, but please enjoy your lunch within the designated picnic area.
- Motorcyclists – The parking lot is dirt and gravel with some relatively steep grades. Please be careful when navigating through the parking lot.
- There is a snack shack located across the street if you forget to bring a lunch.
For more information about Daffodil Hill, please see previous coverage at “Daffodil Hill blooms again,” “Daffodil Hill to open March 15” (2014), and “Best and worst of McLaughlin Daffodil Hill.”
- McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill
- 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, CA
- Confirm the open/closed status by calling the recording (209) 296-7048
- Donations are welcome. Please consider supporting the continuation of this magnificent floral adventure.
Recent updates for 2015 season:
- Due to the recent rains and muddy conditions Daffodil Hill will be closed on Saturday Feb 28. Please call for update or check the facebook page as to when we will re-open.
- Due to our early opening the vendor for the snack shack will not be on site until March 3rd. If you were wanting to stay for a picnic please remember to pack a lunch. Just a reminder, Daffodil Hill opens to the public when the hill has reached approximately 25% bloom and will stay open (weather dependent) until 25% of the flowers remain.
- Due to warm weather, Daffodil Hill is also closing earlier than usual. Projected close date if Friday, March 20.