American Dahlia Society
National Show
Tour of Hollyhill Dahlias
09-03-2012
Here come the buses. Pictures taken by our son John Kennedy who went on the roof for
several shots. Beautiful day and the temperature got up into the mid 70s during the tour.  We
thought only a few people would stay an extra day in Oregon to take the tour. We were wrong
as about 90 people signed up for the bus tour and numerous cars arrived too.  The tent in
the background had the catered lunch done by the local grocery store.
Here is one of the buses backing up onto our normal sized driveway. The buses were
much bigger than we expected.
If there were just one picture of the tour, this would be the one. I am at lower left.  The event is just getting started.
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We had use of the Portland Dahlia
Society 10 x 20 tents; one for the food
and one for tables and chairs. We had
one more 10 x 10 tent to the East of
the garden. Many more tables and
chairs were located to the West of the
garden under the shade of our Asian
pear trees.
The second tent just before the dinner call.
I suppose this is what most of the visitors came to see. We added the name tags above the dahlias in the rows
just for the visit. I copied the method used by Ken Greenway and Dan's Dahlias, using a long string above the
rows and handwriting the name on flagging tape.
The new Orange
Spartacus is in the
foreground. Steve
Meggos let us try it.
Not for sale yet.
Margaret created a long walking path surrounded by her hanging pots and pots. Some of the pots are on top of logs
and others are hanging from pipes supported by posts.   There are no dahlias in the pots. We tried that last year and
they grow too tall for the pots and need to be staked. By the way, we only bought one hanging pot this year. We have
several methods to get plants for the pots: (1) Margaret buys seeds of things she likes (2) She saves seeds from her
favorite plants and uses them too. (3) We buy starter plants and take hundreds of cuttings just like we do with the
dahlias.(4) we bought a few plants just to put in the pots too but usually they were on sale.(5)  Two of the Calibrachoa
plants and one petunia pot over wintered this year as did several fuschias.  (6) And finally we bought that single
hanging pot to get our favorite geranium that was not available anywhere else. It did get treated to a  larger pot after
we took numerous cuttings.
Many of the pots were placed on logs to give them some height. We were cutting up a large cottonwood
tree that had fallen onto our property. I jokingly said to Margaret  that the logs would make great plant
stands and never expected her to agree. She insisted on bringing them up to the garden and when the
first pot was place on top of one, she wanted as many as she could get.  They work really well but
Margaret moves them around a lot and they are very heavy. Oh, my aching back!
Lots of visiting going on
after lunch.
Margaret and I got to meet many people. Helen Allen is from Montana.  
Here we are near the
end of the tour.
Here we are with David Brown from Great Britain. His great grandfather, grand
father, and father grew dahlias too. His great grandfather did so in the 1880s.
David started the National Collection in Great Britain to preserve old varieties.
We went into the buses to say good bye.
View towards our house.
There is another web page of pictures of the plantings, click here to enter it