CANDOR (WBNG) – A spring tradition in Candor was in full bloom on Friday as the 10th annual Daffodil Daze opened to the public.
The display is a tradition for the Zamoiski family.
Planting daffodils is a passion that started from their mother, Joy Zamoiski.
"My mom started planting daffodils around the pond, around 1975. As soon as I knew they were going to build this house for their retirement. My dad dug the pond and she started planted and we helped her do that," said Nancy Zamoiski, Joy Zamoiski's daughter.
The passion was passed down to the next generation, which turned it into a tribute for their mother's 85th birthday in 2008.
“We planted 13,222 that fall and we spelled out her name... we had a big party the next spring. We invited the whole town and all of her friends and anyone who wanted to come. We had so much fun and she had so much fun, that we have done it every year since," said Zamoiski.
Joy Zamoiski passed away in 2014, but her children still open the display to the community to keep her memory alive.
For the last few years, they have planted daffodils in the shapes of words such as “Love, “Joy" and even a ribbon for cancer awareness.
The Zamoiski sisters say the community has embraced Daffodil Daze since day one, including those who are new to seeing it.
“We really love to see, to hear the stories of people who usually comes and drags somebody here and I love to hear their response because they are usually overwhelmed," said Amy Zamoiski-Swiernik.
The Zamoiski's say they have planted more than 54,000 daffodils.
"Could there be more? Yes! Because daffodils are wonderful because they multiply if they like their spot," said Zamoiski.
Daffodil Daze is only open to the public for two weekends but that hasn't stopped hundreds of people from coming to see the display.
"Most people are impressed, anybody that has planted anything is impressed to think about how many we have planted," said Zamoiski.
When the weekend ends, the family will continue to share their lovely flowers to others in an effort called “Operation Extend the Joy.”
"After the open houses are over, volunteers can come and pick and deliver to nursing homes, shut ins, retirement communities, we just love to spread the joy,"said Amy Zamoiski-Swiernik.
The Zamoiski sisters say they are looking for volunteers to help pick and deliver the flowers.
Daffodil Daze will be open April 27-28 and May 4-6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m at 292 Candor Hill Road.
There will also be a Daffodil festival in downtown Candor on May 5.
A shuttle will then be provided to take people to Daffodil Daze to see display.
For more information on the inaugural Candor Daffodil festival, visit this Facebook page.