Read Discovering Dahlias

Read Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias

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.

Cover and seed packet of mystery dahlias from the farm
They included seeds with my pre-order!

Gorgeous in-depth guide to this beautiful and diverse flower, suitable for professional growers as well as inspirational for home gardeners like me.

I learned about the different styles and size classes of dahlias, and was blown away by the color coded index of varieties at the back. This includes instructions with useful photos showing how to dig up, separate dahlias, and store them, as well as growing instructions. The only time I tried growing dahlias deer ate them immediately but I might be game to try again!

Also included are sample flower arrangements for inspiration of how to combine dahlias with other varieties and types of foliage and filler. They overbrim with the same exuberance as the individual flowers have. The color palettes are simple but they are rich with texture and subtle tones.

The photography is absolutely beautiful, both the arrangements and organized spreads as well as the flavor shots of the farm and Erin working in the flower beds.

I think the main question is how to choose which few dahlias could fit in my yard!

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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