Photos: Daffodils welcome spring in Darien

DARIEN — The new Elizabeth Chilton Education Center at the Mather Homestead in Darien was recently lined with small vases filled with spring flowers — including daffodils.

The Garden Club of Darien holds monthly contests when members from town and surrounding communities identify the best of the bunch. This month, the members were judging daffodils and hellobores. It is one of the many uses the community has found for the new facility at the Homestead.

Daffodils come in different colors and types and are some of the earliest New England spring flowers. They have been celebrated by poets and immortalized by painters.

They are also unpopular with deer, a Connecticut garden menace.