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Daffodil Hill to open March 2

In 2014, the daffodils didn’t come out in force until the third week of March at Daffodil Hill, which opens its 2016 season on March 2.
In 2014, the daffodils didn’t come out in force until the third week of March at Daffodil Hill, which opens its 2016 season on March 2. Sacramento Bee file

Daffodil Hill, the Sierra foothills mecca for spring flower lovers, expects to open its gates to visitors for the season March 2, its owners announced Wednesday.

This will be the 76th year the Ryan family has shared their bulb-studded farmstead with visitors. An estimated 300,000 daffodils fill the fields and cover hillsides. The Ryans plant about 16,000 daffodils every year.

Warm weather has brought out more than 25 percent of the daffodils, prompting the early opening. Usually, Daffodil Hill’s season starts in mid-March and continues until less than 25 percent of the flowers are left. Most years, closing day falls in early April.

Weather permitting, Daffodil Hill will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free; donations are welcome. Pets are not allowed.

Check weather reports before making the drive to Daffodil Hill, which sits at 3,000-foot elevation in Amador County.

“For safety reasons, we must close the hill when it rains or snows and our dirt paths are slippery,” said family member Teresa Ryan, adding that visitors should wear appropriate footwear for the hill’s sloping dirt and gravel paths.

Daffodil Hill is at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, about 55 miles from Sacramento. Call 209-296-7048 for more details.

For more information, go to www.suttercreek.org.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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