The history of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival can be traced back to the late Alister Clark of ‘Glenara’ at Bulla. Alister is considered to be the best known and most successful of rose and daffodil breeders between the two World Wars. He inspired and assisted the late Hugh Dettmann of Kyneton to commence a daffodil breeding program in this region. Hugh Dettmann in turn assisted the late Eve Murray of Langley to begin growing daffodils from seed.
By the early 1950’s the Kyneton Daffodil Show was as keenly contested as any show in the state of Victoria. It would sometimes happen that the Kyneton Show date would coincide with the peak season of growers all over the state. Then Kyneton would have the biggest and best show in Victoria, which gave our town a reputation for growing daffodils.
When it was finally decided to hold an annual Kyneton festival, the daffodil seemed the obvious symbol for our town. So began the planting of massed daffodils along the main thoroughfares and the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival was born.