World-renowned flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein reveals all the secrets to growing, cultivating, and arranging gorgeous dahlias. These coveted floral treasures come in a dazzling range of colors, sizes, and forms, with enough variety for virtually every garden space and personal preference, making them one of the most beloved flowers for arrangements.
In these pages, readers will discover:
• Expert advice for planting, harvesting, and arranging garden-fresh dahlias
• A simple-to-follow overview of the dahlia classification system
• An A–Z guide with photos and descriptions of more than 350 varieties
• Step-by-step how-to's for designing show-stopping dahlia bouquets that elevate any occasion
Expert Author: Erin Benzakein's gorgeous flowers are celebrated throughout the world. Her book Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers was a New York Times bestseller and her first book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, won the American Horticultural Society Book Award.
Filled with Wisdom: Overflowing with hundreds of lush photographs and invaluable advice, DISCOVERING DAHLIAS is an essential resource for gardeners and a must-have for anyone who loves flowers, including flower lovers, avid and novice gardeners, floral designers, florists, small farmers, stylists, and designers.
Beautiful Present: This book is a beautiful present for Mother's Day and a thoughtful gift for nature lovers, flower enthusiasts, and gardeners. The colorful, flower-forward package pairs perfectly with a bouquet of flowers, seeds, or a vase.
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|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Julie Chai is a gardening writer and editor. She has been featured by Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gardenista, HGTV, and Sunset Magazine, where she was the senior garden editor.
Jill Jorgensen is the Creative Director at Floret, where she oversees all new product and content creation while helping bring fresh ideas to life. She has a rich background in writing, floral design, and event planning.
Chris Benzakein is the photographer behind the vibrant floral images for Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias and Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers. In addition to managing the day-to-day at Floret, Chris is constantly documenting the brilliant beauty of the farm's flowers through his camera lens. Chris lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, where he farms alongside his family—including his wife Erin and their two children.
Table of Contents
Falling for Dahlias 9
Understanding Dahlias 13
Growing and Care 29
How to Grow 32
Digging, Dividing, and Storing 49
Cold-Weather Care 52
Anatomy of a Tuber 58
Advanced Techniques 73
Propagation Methods 76
Designing with Dahlias 105
All Hail the Queen 108
Fields of Gold 112
Peppermint Swirl 116
Autumn Harvest 120
Shooting Stars 124
Champagne Toast 128
Peach Sorbet 132
Variety Finder 137