Smoky Mountains, dahlias are a good mix

Haywood growers bring in top awards at dahlia show
Sep 20, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Alan Arrington's entry "Hart's Dr. McMurry" was the largest bloom at the show.

Haywood County growers took top awards during the Carolina Dahlia Society show at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville Sept. 14 and 15. The show included growers as far as West Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama.

Alan Arrington of Waynesville brought in the largest bloom measuring 13 inches by 9.5 inches. Arrington won the Jim Dore Award with this dahlias and is eligible to be entered into the World's Largest Dahlia contest conducted by the American Dahlia Society.

Ken Zulla won the best in form for AA/A. The trophy for this award is named after Billy Medford from Lake Junaluska, who helped start the Haywood Community Colleges dahlia garden.

Jill Barker from Lake Junaluska won the novice section with her Bloomquist Barbara bloom. Her daughter, Kennedy, won her first blue and gold ribbons as a junior competitor.

Jack Leatherwood from Jonathan Creek won several awards in multiple blooms. Cindy Leatherwood and Cindy Ross both won in the artistic arrangement categories. Not to be forgotten was Johnny Trantham from Canton with wins in the single bloom category and Nina Trantham for her Parkland Rave floating bloom.

More than $300 from the sale of flowers will be given to the Hope Chest, an Asheville-based organization that provides limited financial assistance for Western North Carolina women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer.