American Dahlia Society Hosts 50th National Show

Dahlias grown throughout the U.S. and Canada will be on display on Sept. 17 and 18 at the Crowne Plaza Asheville Hotel and Resort.

Admission is free. There will be over 1,000 dahlia blooms on display showcasing over 100 varieties of dahlia blooms from both national and international dahlia hybridizers.

Carolinas Dahlia Society is hosting the 50th American Dahlia Society National Show at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. Dahlias will be on display beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, until 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. During this time dahlias provided by the members will be for sale on the veranda outside the Expo Center. At 3 p.m. the show flowers will be for sale. At 4 p.m. the prize winning flowers on the head table will be for sale.

Free educational seminars will begin at 1:30 on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Foxfire and Mt. Pilot meeting rooms. Tony Evangelista and Tommy Spain will talk about organic gardening techniques specific to dahlias. Chris Leek, NC Soil Agronomist, will talk about soil testing, soil preparation, and soil amendments. At 2:30 John Menzel, a dahlia hybridizer from Australia, will introduce his latest book about growing dahlias in very hot climates. Also at 2:30, Isabel Garren will offer 30 participants free kits to make paper dahlias. Pre-registration for the craft class will be required.

The show is an American Dahlia Society sanctioned show and will include a variety of exhibits including single blooms, 3 blooms, 5 blooms, 12 blooms, arrangements and photos.

For additional information, visit http://www.carolinasdahliasociety.org/ or  http://www.nationaldahliashow.org/.