I take care of the Elda Dixler Unger Dahlia Garden at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. My dear friend, Eden, started the garden and named it in honor of her mother, a dahlia gardener extraordinaire. When Eden and her family moved to Egypt she asked me to take care of the dahlias. Ever since I have been completely smitten with them. I started a complete novice but have learned so much over the last three years. They are such spectacular flowers. Unfortunately when it rains they sometimes drink too much. No matter how strongly I stake them, I find them the next day leaning on one another, bees buzzing around their pretty heads, in other words, hungover. But all it takes is a little TLC and they are back to their bright cheerful selves in no time.
This time of year I often find photographers snapping away in the garden, some with elaborate tripods and enormous lenses….waiting for the perfect ray of sun to hit the flower just right. That makes me so happy. Elda lives in California. Recently she and I have been emailing dahlia photos to each other. I’d love to visit her garden some day. You can see many more gorgeous dahlias here.