The Gloucester Daffodil Show, held in conjunction with the Gloucester Daffodil Festival, has added a new class this year to celebrate the contributions of Brent and Becky Heath to the world of daffodils, and specifically to the Gloucester community.
The class will feature an entry of five stems of Heath-bred standard cultivars. Registering a new daffodil is a long, drawn-out procedure, and the Heaths are very responsible in doing this, making sure they have a sustainable cultivar before naming it.
While they may have hybridized hundreds of thousands of daffodils, after trials of growing and approval of their grower’s group they have registered 50 or so, both standard size and miniatures. Their daffodils are grown throughout the world. Prince Charles recently named their Golden Echo as one of his favorite daffodils. Their Katie Heath is very popular in Russia. Sales for Double Smiles are going so well this year that they just ordered 50,000 more bulbs of that cultivar.
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