Dahlias in the News

Dahlia Garden is in full bloom at Seattle’s Volunteer Park

K5 News, Seattle

It’s the flower of summer and the dahlia garden in Volunteer Park is at peak bloom right now.  Read more.


Friends of the Elkhart County Parks honor McQuithy “Mac” Boyer.

The Elkhart Truth

Anyone who has ever admired the dahlia garden at Bonneyville Mill County Park has experienced the dedication of McQuithy “Mac” Boyer. Read more.


Patterns in Nature Video

Found on Facebook, fb.com/ScienceNaturePage – Hashem Al-Ghaili

Lovely movie of flowers (many dahlias included) blossoming.  View video.  Be sure you have your sound turned on.


This Week in the Garden: Potts twins growing a love for dahlias

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Sharon Hull

If you love flowers, you know that dahlias are wonderful plants to grow. They produce multiple blossoms that are superb for cutting (long-lasting in arrangements) over a very long season.  Read more.


Dahlias: showstoppers for every garden

Sooke News Mirror

Dahlias come in a plethora of gorgeous colours – from bold and vibrant to soft and pastel, solid and patterned. Plants range in height from one to more than six feet, and the blooms, which are categorized into groups displaying particular characteristics, can vary from two inches to a foot in diameter.  Read more.


Clackamas County dahlia growers win prestigious medal

ClackamasReview – Ellen Spitaleri

The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2019 the Year of the Dahlia, and growers in Clackamas County appear to have taken that to heart. … Read more.


New Dahlia variety cultivated for 2020 Olympics

The Japan News – The Yomiuri Shimbun

Cultivation of a new variety of dahlia named “Medalist” began this month in Hanawa, a town in southern Fukushima Prefecture, for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.  Read more.


Sheffield Council back down over “dangerous” dahlias

BBC News

A council has backed down over plans to rip out a couple’s roadside flower beds.  Read more.


Gardening: National dahlia judge receives September Garden of the Month award

The Spokesman- Review – Pat Munts

What a difference 20 years makes. Just ask Claudia Biggs.

Twenty years ago, she was missing the dahlias her late husband had always planted. Not much of a gardener at that time, she didn’t follow her husband’s methods. So, to get her fix for the year, she headed for the dahlia displays at that year’s Spokane County Interstate Fair.

“I was hooked,” she said, laughing. “Now I’m a senior judge for the American Dahlia Society and on their national board.”  Read more.


Man builds flower garden in hometown field after Fukushima evacuation order lifted

The Mainichi

A 71-year-old man has created a garden in a field in his hometown here following the lifting of the evacuation order for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, filling the area with colorful flowers.  Read more.


Record Numbers For Greenwich Botanical Center’s Dahlias Show

Greenwich Patch 

The 11th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show was held at Greenwich Botanical Center (formerly Garden Education Center of Greenwich) on September 29 and 30. The event drew its largest crowd to date with over 500 visitors. Attendees saw more than 900 dahlia blooms of all sizes and shapes, from large dinner plates to dime size in a variety of colors.   Read more.


The showy dahlia stages a comeback, but for these enthusiasts it never went away

The Washington Post – Adrian Higgins

I was standing along the Alexandria waterfront a couple of years ago when a Spanish galleon showed up, proving once again that if you wait long enough, everything comes full circle.

This is especially true in the gardening world.    Read more.


Darling Diva Dahlias


Like chrysanthemums, many people associate dahlias with the fall but dahlias can bloom from the beginning of summer to frost. Dahlia flowers are available in a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes. Each bloom can be 2 inches across to more than 10 inches, in all colors except blue.   Read more.


Petaluma Profile: For Dahlia grower Kate Rowe, business is blooming

Argus Courier – Arline Klatte

Almost as east as East Washington St. goes, past the malls, houses and gas stations, a blur of color catches your eye out your passenger window. Pay close attention. If you don’t, you’ll miss one of the great treasures of Petaluma summer.  Read more.


Meet Naomi Prince, the Lafayette gardener carrying the torch of the winning dahlia legacy

Journal & Courier – Arline Klatte

It would be easy to give all the praise to Mother Nature when looking at the beautiful geometric patterns of the dahlias in Naomi Prince’s yard, but it’s so much more than good fortune that won Prince three championship ribbons in the Midwest conference this year.  Read more.


Dazzling Dahlias at next Work to Learn Party

Sequim Gazette

Locals can get their green thumbs going and learn some gardening tips from an expert at the next “Work to Learn”  Read more.


Long Islanders prep for annual dahlia competition

Newsday – Lisa Irizarry

Twelve umbrellas went up in the backyard of Lenny Nicolosi’s house earlier this month, but it wasn’t because of rain.  Read more.


Colorful, varied, easy to grow: You’ll want dahlias by the dozen

The Columbus Dispatch – Diana Lockwood

Dahlias are like potato chips: You always want one more.  Read more.


Dahlias: nude neutrals or flaming, Frida Kahlo-inspired fiestas?

The Telegraph – Madeleine Howell

“I used to loathe dahlias with a passion. When I got married, I banned them. But now I’m horrified, because now I think they’re just exquisite,” admits Willow Crossley, fashion’s favourite floral stylist and the author of Flourish: Stunning Arrangements with Flowers and Foliage for Every Season.   Read more.


Raising difficult dahlias has made Red Deer hobbyist an Alberta expert

Red Deer Advocate – Lana Michelin

Notoriously difficult dahlias are the divas of the flower world.

But Red Deer’s Lorne McArthur spent half a century learning how to handle these temperamental beauties, and is now one of Alberta’s foremost dahlia growers and hybridizers.   Read more.


Charles Breed, Dahlia Hill founder, dies at 91

Midland Daily News – Victoria Rittervritter
Throughout his life, Charles Breed was a teacher, politician, artist, and gardener. One of his biggest legacies, however, can be found at the corner of West Main Street and Orchard Drive in Midland: Dahlia Hill.  Read more.


30-year battle against plant viruses leads to Humboldt Award for Pappu

WSU Insider
Viruses are about the simplest and tiniest creatures on Earth. They also can cause an amazing amount of chaos and destruction.  Washington State University virologist Hanu Pappu, like many in his field, has dedicated his life to helping lessen the negative impacts of viruses. Learn more.


Wayland Main Street plans for dahlia garden

Allegan Co. News – Virginia Ransbottom
Reviving Wayland as The Dahlia City with a dahlia demonstration garden at North Park is a project Wayland Main Street’s Economic Restructuring Committee is proposing for a new public attraction.  Read more.


How to grow dahlias in Oregon: Advice from 34 years of experience

The Oregonian – Kym Pokorny
In the garden of Laura and Mark Oldenkamp 400 dahlias bob with blooms as small as golf balls and as large a dinner plates.  Read more.


Dahlia Drug May Doom Diabetes

Otago Daily News – Jono Edwards
A diabetes prevention treatment developed by University of Otago researchers from a common flower could be a “game-changer” in halting the condition.

In partnership with Plant and Food Research, the researchers will soon begin human trials of a drug made from dahlias.  Read more.


Creating ‘a Memory of Something Beautiful’

emissourian.com – Karen Butterfield
““Young man, would you like to grow a man’s flower?  Read more.


Joy! A West Bloomfield dahlia garden brims with beauty and benevolence

The Jewish News – Suzanne Chessler
“It is among my greatest pleasures in life to grow these flowers, cut them and give them away,” … read more.


Dahlia, Floral Society to hold final show

The Review
The East Liverpool Dahlia and Floral Society (Ohio) held its 92nd — and final — show September 20, 2017 … read more.


Bucket list trip for dahlia pals

The Hamilton Spectator – Kathy Renwald
Malachy and John are so sorry to miss the dahlia show at the Royal Botanical Gardens this weekend, but they have bigger fish to fry.

The two pals packed up their dazzling dahlias in a crate the size of a hope chest and jetted off to England on Wednesday to compete in one of the biggest dahlia shows in the world.  Read more.


Dahlia show attracts Swedish and Danish dahlia societies

Shoreline Area News – Martin Král
Our PSDA dahlia show at Sky Nursery this last weekend was a resounding success!  Read more.


Dahlia Contest Expected to be Huge

Daily North Shore – Adrienne Fawcett
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Nichols Hall will look like the inside of a firecracker when some 2,000 flowers ranging in size from a Frisbee to a plum are placed on competition tables for the 2017 National Dahlia Show September 9 and 10 … read more.


Dahlias: It’s the variety that lures them in

Kitsap Daily News – Leslie Kelly
It’s a flower whose name can bring many pictures to mind. That’s because no one is really sure just how many varieties of dahlias there are … read more.


Dahlia devotees put on a colorful show with up to 2,000 blooms

HeraldNet – Sara Bruestle
They’re not looking for perfection, but it’s pretty close … read more.


Want a garden with show-stopping appeal? Here’s how to do it with dahlias

The Denver Post – Carol O’Meara
Want a garden with show-stopping appeal? From regal to wild, mini to gigantic, dahlias are the flowers that win your heart. Plant them now for a dramatic show later in summer – you’ll be happy to have this king of the garden … read more.


Dahlia is ornamental that blooms all summer

Lubbockobline.com – Ellen Peffley
The dahlia is an ornamental that blooms all summer and is an excellent performer in the cutting garden … read more.


In the Garden: Growing great dahlias, from tubers to bloomers

Yakima Herald-Republic – Carol Barany
Have you ever been asked to name your favorite flower? Answering feels like singling out a favorite child … read more.


Dahlia Primer: From Tuber to Bloomer

Daily North Shore – George Koons
The cultivation of new dahlia plants from last year’s crop is not a very complicated process … read more.


The Flowers Men Grow

Daily North Shore – Adrienne Fawcett
There are a couple of things you need to do before asking a dahlia gardener to talk about his favorite flowering plant … read more.


Brother continues YSU professor’s work to save the dahlia

WKBM Youngstown, OH
It is in his memory that many around the world are fighting a virus that could wipe out a species of flower … read more.


Dahlia a perfect bloomer for spring

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Tom Karwin
If you have been anticipating spring in your garden, you might have been thinking about adding new blooming plants for summer and fall color splashes.  Read more.


Gladiolus and Dahlia

Sandusky Register – Barbara Wagner, Master Gardener
One of the pleasures of March is planning my gardens … read more.


Health issues no barrier for two dahlia growers

The Southland Times – Jamie Searle
Disabilities don’t stop New Zealand growers from growing award-winning dahlias … read more.


Peter spends his days with dahlias

The Weekend Sun – Merle Foster
Peter Burrell’s passion for dahlias has grown from his wife Valerie. But not in the way you’d think.

“Val was the North Island secretary for the National Dahlia Society of New Zealand. And it meant I had to her cart all around the place for meetings and the shows … read more.