Tourists from the four-state region welcomed the arrival of Spring

Tourists visiting the Sylvan Retreat along the Jonquil Jubilee’s Homes and Garden tour.

By Paige Nash 

Crowds gathered in Gibsland on Saturday, March 4, to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The Jonquil Jubilee is an annual event held on the first Saturday of March. 

Gibsland Jonquil Jubilee representative Barbara Johnson said, “We had a very large, friendly crowd turnout to enjoy the beautiful weather, the tour stops, shopping with vendors, good food, and seeing old and new friends.” 

The event kicked off that morning with a pancake breakfast organized by the local Lion’s Club. After attendees filled their bellies, they were able to spread out through downtown and shop with local vendors who had an array of merchandise available to purchase, from clothes, books, homemade candles, jewelry, paintings, quilts and more.  

“Attendees came from the four-state area,” said Johnson. “One came from Maryland. She had lots of fun with her family.”       

Horticulturist Greg Grant was the featured speaker. His event was highly informative, speaking about the Daffodil plant also classified as a Narcissus. The Daffodil is the highlight for many jubilee goers.  

A stop on the Home and Garden’s tour was Sally’s Field where photographers set up to take photos for this year’s visitors, among the flowers. This field was located right next to this year’s main attraction- The Sylvan Retreat.  

Ancestors of the original owners of the home, Lestar and Sally Martin, welcomed group after group into their home, where they received a guided, history rich tour throughout the property that was built in 1848. 

Before wrapping up the event the raffle winners were announced with Jim Johnson winning the 500 daffodil bulbs, Margaret Salter taking home the t-shirt quilt and Mary Gamble winning and coveted Jubilee quilt.  

Proceeds raised from visitors attending the Home and Gardens tour, as well as buying tickets for the raffles with benefit the Jonquil Jubilee in the upcoming years, as well as community revitalization projects.

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