Dahlia Lectures


Gardening with Dahlias

Someone once said that peonies are the “Show Girls” of the spring garden, but with dahlias it’s all about late summer-early fall “Royalty”! This program will provide a brief history of the discovery of dahlias and their introduction into the American garden. You will learn how to select dahlia tubers, where to plant, how to water and fertilize.  To stake or not to stake, to dig or not to dig – these are the questions!  If you dig tubers, how to store, overwinter, and then how to wake them up and perhaps make cuttings. This will be followed by a brief discussion of American Dahlia Society Classification (ADS) and how to enter a Dahlia Show.