Annual Dahlia Exhibit is Aug. 27-29

Aug 21, 2014

The Waynesville Council of Garden Clubs invites the community to the annual Dahlia Exhibit, Aug. 27-29 at the Waynesville Branch Library.  The exhibit is free to the public and attendees can vote for their favorite single stem or arrangement.

Anyone wishing to exhibit their dahlias is invited to bring them to the Library from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. The council will provide containers and Garden Club members will be available to assist exhibitors and answer questions for attendees.

Dahlias of every color and size will be on display, including recently developed hybrids.

The dahlia was named after Swedish 18th century botanist Anders Dahl.  In 1872, a box of dahlia roots was sent from Mexico to the Netherlands. Only one plant survived the trip and it produced spectacular red flowers with pointed petals.

Dahl and other nurserymen in Europe bred this plant with others discovered earlier and the results were the parent plants of all modern dahlia hybrids.

Dahlias are grown by many enthusiasts specifically for judged shows, but can also be grown and enjoyed by casual gardeners with just a little extra care.  The diversity of varieties allows growers to use them in several different aspects of landscape design. They also make excellent cut flowers and really dress up home décor.

For more information, call Terry McCracken at 456-6495.

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