Grasmere Daffodil Garden

Grasmere Daffodils

Was walking along past the church in Grasmere when I spotted new stones being laid in the Daffodil Garden. This only happens a few times a year.

Laying stones, Grasmere Daffodil Garden.

Grasmere Daffodil Garden opened in 2003. A piece of waste land near the church was chosen to try and emulate Wordsworth’s famous poem.

“I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils.

The plan is to have 10,000 wild daffodils blowing in the breeze.

Daffodil Garden, Grasmere.

The idea of the garden is to raise funds to promote the heritage of the Vale of Grasmere and it’s traditional ways of Lake District life. This is achieved by selling Daffodil bulbs, which mean you can put down “some roots in Grasmere” yourself.

Laying stones, Grasmere Daffodil Garden.

You can also buy a stone which is engraved with your name and home town. This is laid in the form of a path through the garden. Once the path is finished, sponsorship closes. The stones are made of Lakeland slate, and tend to be bought by people who have a fondness for Grasmere. It isn’t a memorial garden, more a celebration of Grasmere. Donors names are entered in the Book of friends displayed in St Oswalds Church.

Slate stones

The charities sponsored by the garden are, The Friends of St. Oswald’s. St Oswald’s church has over 100,000 visitors per year which obviously  takes it’s toll on the building. The money helps to pay for it’s renovation and maintenance.

St Oswald's overlooks the garden.

Another charity to benefit is The Lakeland Housing Trust. Because so many houses are snapped up as holiday homes, it becomes more and more difficult to find affordable housing for locals. The Trust buys and lets homes to young families at a subsidised rent.

River Rothay from Daffodil Garden.

The Wordsworth Trust is another beneficiary, helping to preserve the literary heritage of the poet’s bond with Grasmere. His grave overlooks the garden.

Grasmere Daffodil Garden

And finally, The National Trust gets donations to help farmers to maintain country features which would be difficult otherwise because of low hill farm incomes.

So the next time you are in Grasmere enjoy the peace of the daffodil garden knowing that it is helping preserve the beautiful Vale of Grasmere.

Grasmere Daffodil Garden

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12 responses to “Grasmere Daffodil Garden”

  1. marco cilione says :

    How can I lay a stone in the Grasmere daffodil garden? I am from rome italy and i want to buy a stone for a person who wrote her MA thesis on the sister of wordsworth. Since then she spents her summer holiday in grasmere every year. It is supposed to be my birthday gift fot her in may. Thank you. Marco Cilione

  2. Mr Ian Whattam says :

    Please could you tell me how we lay a stone in the daffodil garden? My wife found out she had breast cancer on her 50th birthday, she’s recovering thankfully. Thirty years ago this Easter I ask her to marry me, we were in the Lakes, a place dear to her heart and to one we have paid an annual visit to ever since.

    • cragchris says :

      Am sure all stones have been bought but daffodils still available. Here is the link http://www.friendsofgrasmere.org/ wishing you both best wishes.

      • Bob Smith says :

        After reading comments on your web site am i right in thinking all the stones have now gone. If this is the case if in the future more became available we would be very interested in buying one. We did buy the daffodils last year and we got the lovely print.We are on a weeks holiday in the lakes in June so will be visiting Grasmere as always. Cheers for now Bob & Pat Smith from Hull Yorkshire

      • cragchris says :

        Yes all the stones have now been purchased.

  3. helen christie says :

    how can i buy a daffodil bulb to be planted in the gardens please

  4. Flo Armstrong says :

    How do we get one of these stones please

  5. abbie meliniotis says :

    My sisters would love to get our father a family plaque as this place is dear to us and the whole family (19 of us ) return together every year. We’d love to surprise our dad with a family plaque in the daffodil garden. Would this be possible? I’d love to find out more about it. Many thanks

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