All are welcome to attend the first New England Dahlia Show on Sept. 17 and 18 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass.
This will be the Inaugural exhibition of the newly formed New England Dahlia Society, (a regional chapter of the American Dahlia Society). Join dahlia enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, from novice first-time beginners, to experienced growers who all share something in common – an interest in these beautiful and diverse blooms.
At the show, which runs Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., one will be able to see benched cut dahlias of all sizes, colors and forms. Wonder at the enormous dinner-plate forms, the pointy-petaled cactus flowered types, the tight, round pom-pons as well as the single ‘anemone’ flowered forms. There will also be a display of dahlia floral arrangements, and information on how to grow dahlias.
The society was formed earlier in 2016 in response to a new resurgence in raising dahlias for cut flowers and a new interest in flower shows (perhaps thanks to Downton Abby!). The new Society wants to especially appeal to first-time growers and beginners, those who want to not only grow cut flowers, but also to help bring back the idea of a flower show, a very ‘Victorian’ event which had begun to fall out of favor in modern times.
The Dahlia Society is encouraging everyone to feel comfortable in bringing some blooms to enter (it’s fun, and they can help you stage them in one of their vases). One doesn’t need to be a member of the NEDS to enter, and there will be load of ribbons, some even for the largest flower entered, and the smallest flower in the show.
Come join them with your best, cut dahlia blooms but get there early – entries will be accepted on Saturday morning only, between the hours of — (entries are accepted from 7 to 10:30 a.m.) Judging begins promptly at 11 a.m. There will be members from the Dahlia Society there to help you with everything, from how to register your bloom to how to prepare it for a flower show. Just be sure to cut the longest stems possible, and include at least a pair of leaves on the stem. Bring your kids, and have them enter some too! There will be lots of ribbons and awards in the afternoon.
Don’t have any dahlias to enter? No problem, just come after noon to see the show in all of its glory with hundreds of dahlias. Don’t forget your smart phone or notebook, since you’ll want to make a list of your favorite varieties to order this winter for next years’ garden. Remember – a flower show is the best place to see the newest and best varieties not available at nurseries and stores!