Daffodils blooming on our Books Shelves!

The 43rd Annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival is April 28 – April 30, 2017. Keep reading to see our favorite Daffodil books on our shelves this year!

NEW in 2017 is Maise and the Nantucket Daffodil Parade! This is the story of Maisie, an antique car that was left abandoned and forgotten in an old red barn in Western Massachusetts. She is given to a lady who tows her to Nantucket Island, repairs her, decorates her and takes her in the Nantucket Daffodil Parade. Maisie is scorned by the fancy antique cars that are in the parade, but because of her wonderful attitude and endearing spirit, she is loved by the crowds and becomes the hit of the parade despite her weatherworn condition. Join author Bretworth Barry Apthorp for a Book Release Party & Signing at Mitchell’s Book Corner on Saturday, April 29 from 10:30am – 12:00pm. Order a Signed Copy!



Daffodil: Biography of a Flower is bestselling writer Helen O’Neill’s stunning, critically acclaimed new book. Delightfully illustrated, meticulously researched and beautifully written this book is fascinating and full of surprises.  Deeply personal yet universal Daffodil: Biography of a Flower is the story of arguably the world’s most powerful bloom – it is a tale that encompasses superstition, myth, politics, greed, religion, science, chance, redemption and love. ‘No one, not the ancient Romans nor the English poets nor the contemporary horticulturalists has anthropomorphised the bulb quite like Helen O’Neill has,’ writes Spectrum reviewer Megan Backhouse, praising Daffodil’s ‘cracking pace … O’Neill manages to make a biography of a flower feel like something of a detective novel, love story, historical drama and horticultural research paper rolled into one.’


There is no harbinger of spring like a field or garden filled with bright yellow daffodils. But the world of the daffodil is much more than just its place in the march of the seasons. It’s a plant whose history starts with the tombs of the Pharaohs, through pre-Darwin evolutionary theory and Cornwall’s burgeoning bulb business, and leads to the current explosion of varieties from plant breeders seeking new colors, fragrances, and forms.

Daffodil reveals a global plant infatuation that has led to more than 25,000 cultivars available in nearly every shade of yellow (and now pink, orange, and white). Noel Kingsbury tells the tale through an engaging narrative history and plant portraits that highlight more than 200 varieties. Jo Whitworth’s revealing photography shows a side of the daffodil rarely seen. Plant lovers will relish the stories and gardeners will cherish the cultivation notes, plant descriptions, and recommendations.

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