More than 8,000 daffodils in the Muttart Conservatory are due to bloom in support of the eradication of cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society will be hosting the 48th annual Daffodil Days fundraiser, where thousands of potted daffodil flowers will be sold around Edmonton to help fund cancer research programs and supportive care for those who are living with cancer.

“People remember the daffodils ... (because) they are a symbol of strength,” said Carol Gosse, revenue development co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society. “They look forward to it.”

Last year, the fundraiser raised more than $130,000, a number they hope to hit again, something Gosse said would not be possible without the tireless work of the more than 50 volunteers involved.

“They are essential ... (It) requires a lot of help and luckily we’ve had some great people that have been able to help us out,” Gosse said.

The growing process at the conservatory is led by greenhouse grower Jim McGillis, now in his 13th year involved with the event. McGillis has a team of volunteers to help grow and wrap the blooming flowers.

“This is my favourite time of the year,” said McGillis.

“Everyone knows someone affected by cancer, so I just want to help a little bit.”

All of the locations around Edmonton where the daffodils will be sold can be found on the Canadian Cancer Society website, located at

The daffodils can also be purchased at the Daffodil Mountain at Commerce Place on April 1 and April 2.