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The Final Season for the Daffodil Garden ~ Running Springs CA

The Final Season for the Daffodil Garden (Map Update)

Garden Opens March 28 and Closes April 12


By Michael P. Neufeld
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Running Springs, CA - The final season for viewing The Daffodil Garden begins Saturday, March 28, and ends Sunday, April 12. This is due to the retirement of owners, Gene and Dale Bauer.


The 5-acre hillside next to the residence of Gene and Dale Bauer becomes a colorful masterpiece of daffodils each year. The private garden will close to the public after the current season that runs from March 28-April 12 due to retirement. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld.)


For over five decades, Gene (Alma) Bauer has been painting the hillside at the Running Springs Daffodil Garden, and the private garden has been enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.


However the garden, created and privately financed by Gene and Dale Bauer in 1957, will be closing after this year's season. This will allow the former Los Angeles Unified School District art teacher a true retirement.


The garden is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, seven days a week, and will officially close—for the final time—at 6 p.m. on April 12. Parking is available at St. Anne's Catholic Church at 30480 Fredalba Road in Running Springs.


Artist Gene Bauer paints the hillside near her Running Springs residence with daffodils. The private Daffodil Garden will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Sunday, April 12. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld.)


In an interview last year, the very private Bauer's told RIMOFTHEWORLD.net that their garden is "natural," in that it has never been artificially watered during the summer, fertilized or over-planted.


"I probably have over 100 or more different daffodils," the retiring artist stated, "some only one or two of a kind. The large drifts that cover the hillside are composed of about 20 different kinds. They may include Binkie, Bravoure, Camelot, Chromacolor, Decoy, Fortissino, Fortune, Hawera, Hillstar, Matador, Peeping Tom, Pink Charm, Tahiti, Thalia, Tunis, and World's Favorite, to name a few."


The Daffodil Garden in Running Springs offers a pallet of color as Gene and Dale Bauer paint the hillsides with flowers. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld.)


Husband, Dale Bauer, who is responsible for the flowers found in the wooden tubs located throughout the garden, explained "it's getting more and more difficult for Gene to plant the bulbs. And she plants each one herself."


Gene Bauer explained that it takes about six weeks for her to plant the bulbs in drifts with each bulb placed in the soil about six inches apart.


The Slide Fire burned in several places next to paths at The Daffodil Garden in Running Springs in October 2007. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld.)


"Once I decide where a drift will be planted," she said, "I use a shovel to turn over the soil to a depth of 8-10 inches. Drifts are composed of from 5-6,000 bulbs and I always begin at the bottom of the slope and work uphill.


"Some of the bulbs are still in the ground and blooming after 40-plus years," Bauer concluded.


This article was first published on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm. This article has been viewed 1927 times.