Golden Valley Man turns his yard into a destination for daffodils

Golden Valley Man turns his yard into a destination for daffodils

Cars passing Warren Kapsner's front yard often slow down or even stop to enjoy the view, like people watching spectacular light displays in December.

Just as stunning and almost as bright by day, Kapsner's Golden Valley Park is covered in bright swaths of yellow and white daffodils – 2,500 of them.

“The daffodil is the perfect flower,” Kapsner, 74, said. “One of the most beautiful things about it (unlike tulips) is that deer don’t like it, squirrels don’t like it, and rabbits don’t like it.” I do not like them.”

Kapsner began creating the panoramic display in the fall of 2019, when he buried about 800 daffodil bulbs. Last fall, he planted another 1,700 trees. Daffodils are perennials, so they all showed up together this spring.

Not only do daffodils return annually, they reproduce over time, so that a single bulb can produce more than one flower the following year. In Kapsner's backyard are daffodils he planted more than 30 years ago, whose bulbs can now produce clusters of five or six blossoms.

He added: “This is what it will turn into in the end.” “It will just be a sea of ​​flowers.”

It is estimated that planting the follicles took about 50 hours over the course of two weeks. Every night after work and a few more hours on weekends, he would drill holes in the ground with an electric drill and auger, plant the bulbs — mostly yellow flowers, with white blossoms scattered randomly — and push the soil back on top of them.

When the year-round daffodils die, lilies of the valley, wild geraniums and hostas will grow in their place.

“This thing is going to look amazing all summer long,” he said.

Although it is covered in ornamental plants — mostly low-maintenance perennials but also some annuals — Kapsner's garden contains enough plain grass to provide a nice contrast to the flowers. But he's not a big fan of grass.

“The grass is useless, those manicured lawns are absolutely useless,” he said.

Kapsner has been gardening since he moved into his home at 130 Edgewood Av. s. 40 years ago (“I grew up on a farm, and this is easier than the farm,” he said). He started with “10 little hostas” that multiplied so much that he donated thousands of them over the years.

When Kapsner went to meet a new neighbor and found the man working in his yard, he recommended the hosts.

“I think you need about 350,” I said. “He just looked at me,” Kapsner said. “Every day I tended to about 50 of them. By the time he planted them all, I think he hated to see me.”

In his yard, Kapsner isn't finished planting daffodils.

“On the other hand, I think I have the space, so this fall I plan to have about 1,500 people there,” he said. “In a couple of years, you'll be talking about 10,000. I know the neighbors really appreciate it.”

Katie Reid • 612-673-4583

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