As the calendar speeds by, gardens on the Plateau are ablaze with color.
The regal “Empress of Flowers,” the Dahlia, is proudly gracing us with her annual appearance. A stunning array of color and shape are coming into full bloom. The Highlands Historical Society celebrates the beauty of our area and this flower’s history with the Eighth Annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival, September 6 through 8.
This year, the patron’s party will be September 6 at Highlands Country Club. Party patrons will reminisce about Highlands place in Hollywood history. “Highlands & Hollywood” will feature Highlands’ starring role in “The Four Seasons,” a 1981 romantic comedy starring Alan Aldi and Carol Burnette. Come learn about Highlands’ part of film history.
Saturday, September 8, the Dazzling Dahlia Flower Exhibition will be held at the Highlands Rec Center. An amateur show with garden club-certified judges allows everyone, even children, the chance to share their beautiful blooms. $15 enters up to eight blooms into the show. Flowers are accepted Friday, September 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.; and Saturday from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M. Flowers are judged and ribbons are awarded before the public begins their viewing at 1:00 P.M. Tickets for the Dahlia Exhibit are only $5 per person. Bring all your friends.
Dahlias are as varied and unique as people. They come in every color and shape, from dinner plate-size to intricate orchid shapes. They’re in colors from white to crimsons so dark they appear black. Purchase one of the beautiful arrangements for your home and get one to give to a neighbor.
After you’ve toured the exhibit and compared your winners to those of the judges, be sure to stay for the seminar led by one of the area’s dahlia enthusiasts. You’ll learn insider knowledge from those who’ve grown dahlias for years. Featured on this year’s literature is last year’s “Best of Show” winner, Jim Askew’s singular beauty. New this year, the festival will award a trophy that will be passed from winner to winner each year.
Mark your calendar for September 6 to 8. Support Highlands Historical Society and be inspired by nature’s bountiful gifts of color and shape.