The National Dahlia Society Show
As with most things, trends come and go with flowers, both in borders and for cutting. Victim to our capricious nature, the poor old dahlia seems to have been nowhere in the fashion stakes for decades now, it’s time rooted firmly back in the seventies. Absolutely no room for those big, blousy blooms in a modern prairie planting scheme or ‘tasteful’ orchid flower arrangement
There is however one place that is the exception to the rule; the allotment. Here they reign, on occasion whole plots dedicated to their charms. And charmed me they have, especially since I’ve started to take more of an interest in improving my camera skills. They are, I think the Kate Moss of the flower world, fabulously photogenic and shooting them close up allows a different view of the elaborate shapes, colours and petal formation that sometimes escapes the passing glance.
I’ve taken many shots over the course of the summer on our allotment site, whilst visiting gardens and at shows and in the next few months will share some of my favourites varieties here.
If you want to skip ahead though, today sees the start of the National Dahlia Society Annual Show at RHS Wisley. There will be more than a hundred growers and nurseries from around the country competing for prizes with their exhibits. At the weekend these will be replaced by pot grown varieties from the National Dahlia Society and two walk around displays from the National Dahlia Collection and Pheasant Acre Plants. During this time members of the NDS and the RHS Dahlia Trials Forum will be available for questions and advice.
Many of the dahlia blooms will be sold on Tuesday and Friday and Sunday afternoon with proceeds going to the National Gardens Scheme. Varieties from the current RHS Wisley dahlia trial will also be on show, and you can visit Portsmouth Field and vote for your favourite or perhaps seek out some inspiration for next season’s planting.
All photographs shown here were taken on Bob and Alan’s plots over the course of this summer.
The National Dahlia Society Show is part of the RHS Wisley Flower Show and runs from the second to the seventh of September.
It is open between 9.00am and 6pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday.
Entrance is free for RHS members and one family guest. For non members the show entrance is included in the normal garden admission price.
All further details here
The National Dahlia Society here.
The National Dahlia Collection here.
Pheasant Acre Plants here.