The Daffodil Garden
is the transformation of the ordinary into the
extraordinary, what better demonstrations than drafts of
daffodils unfurling their frilly petticoats, illuminating
the spring sunshine, and bobbing in a spring breeze in an
otherwise untamed mountain wilderness?
Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden"
weavers of this magic
are two quiet forces named (Alma) Gene Bauer and her
husband, Dale. They are "co-producers
of the largest and most spectacular daffodil garden on the
She is an artist by training, and he, an
architect. Since 1958, they have been tending
their beloved daffodil garden.
they think of themselves as magicians? Likely not.
likelier that they think of their mountainside gardening
as an aesthetic pleasure, or perhaps, simply as good
physical activity. Or, possibly, as their way of
stewards by making the world a better place.
is certain: They have created a masterpiece and a lasting
legacy that will preserve the joy and excitement with
which these harbingers of spring are welcomed.
love and skill work together,
expect a masterpiece."
Bauers are true miracle
for what better miracles
can there be but a mountain hillside awash with daffodils
growing on the poorest and rockiest of singed
the invisibly tended and watered garden of Eden, The
Daffodil Garden is the result of the Bauers' toil and
sweat, perseverance and fortitude. As any gardener
in the mountains knows, the ground is 99.9% pure rock.
bulb has been planted by Mrs. Bauer, or as she puts it:
"One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet and
a body minus a brain." Inspired by a few
daffodils in a neighbor's garden and impressed with their
beauty and sturdiness, Mrs. Bauer planted the first 48
daffodils in the fall of 1958. They thrived.
since, in communion with soil, water, sunshine and
air, the burgeoning
of the onion-like bulbs begins in the springtime.
Stubby green nubs peek out from the melting snow, quickly
transforming into bright splashes of greenery. Then
the garden explodes with thousands of daffodil blooms.
: A fanciful, fantastic device, object, or
creation, especially in writing or art. Literary oddity,
caprice, fancy, dream, fantasy, vision, humor, thought,
miracle of this garden is not obvious to the uninformed
visitor to the garden. It
is said that there are many things in life that will catch
your eye, but only a few that will capture your heart.
The Daffodil Garden is one of the few, especially when you
are aware of its history.
Summer,1999, a disaster that united nature’s power
with man’s carelessness destroyed the
Bauer's cozy, A-frame home, its surrounding shady trees
and garden, and its garden's structures and furniture.
Fire , the largest
wildfire in California, not only rampaged through the
Bauer property but also consumed 64,000
acres of national forest before it was contained. It is believed to be caused by an
unattended illegal campfire near a willowed creek.
must endure whatever wind doth blow
From God, and labor still without lament…”
In the face of
and resilient, the Bauers began a new chapter in their
lives by clearing out the charred remains of their
original home. On the original home's footprint, they
built a strikingly attractive, architecturally interesting
Exploration of Fate and Free Will"
Hope, it is
said, never dies within a real gardener's heart. Undeterred,
the Bauers have re-established their mountain garden
with fresh landscaping, a charming gazebo, an informative
display area and garden furniture.
daffodil bulbs beneath the ground survived the
conflagration. Like the legendary Phoenix
that rose from the ashes, the daffodils rose from the
ashes the following spring.
thrive in full sunshine. The south- and west-facing
hillsides, denuded of its shady oaks, cedars, maples and
firs created the perfect solar conditions for their
Comfort and Peace"
Eden, The Daffodil Garden is, of course, ephemeral. The
first blooms may appear as early as the end of February
and the last may finish up in May. The peak comes in late
March and April when the Bauers open their garden to the
public for three weeks.
indeed, one of the greatest charms of a spring garden is
its ever-changing, fleeting nature. We are reminded
of the fragile and fleeting nature of our own lives,
gaining a sense of what the Japanese call "a
that nothing is permanent is always a good, if not
bittersweet, thing. We take things less for
undulating paths are new benches befitting a formal garden
for artists, aficionados, and winded visitors who welcome
short rest stops between drafts of daffodils; they
invitingly urge the quiet
sitting, reflection and full enjoyment of the garden
without the usual "hurry, hurry, hurry."
we should take our cue from the daffodil:
is short. Make it sweet."
of Untarnished Glory"
garden lavishes its gifts upon the senses. As
visitors meander along the sun-drenched paths, their
senses are excited by the fragrances of the blooms,
the color of the garden palette, the delicate beauty of the
daffodils, the call of the songbirds, and the broad vistas in every
always make people better, happier, and more
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul."
its living presences of birds and flowers, the garden
gently urges its visitors to live wholly in the present.
When a hawk alights upon the upper branches of a
winter-bare tree, one can choose to ignore it and keep
walking or pause to attend to its winged glory.
Stars of the Garden"
Greeks called the goddess Aphrodite "The
Golden One" because of the way in which love
transforms the beloved with radiant beauty. The love
of the Bauers has transformed and twice restored this
mountain hillside. It is once again a paradise of radiant
daffodils that wave and dance in the springtime breeze.
mountains have a storied mining past and according to
local lore, "Thar's
still gold in them thar mountains." The
Mother Lode has yet to be discovered. But as discerning
visitors to this timeless garden know, the Mother Lode
resides in the hearts of (Alma) Gene Bauer and her
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