Days of Dazzling Dahlias
Don’t miss the Highlands Historical Society’s 10th Annual Dahlia Festival, which will be held this year during the weekend of September 19. Covid is impacting every area of our lives but nature is thriving, and the much-loved and enduring dahlias will provide us with a bit of normalcy and beauty when they bloom in late summer.
The Historical Society has innovatively reimagined the dahlia festival, since crowd size limitations prohibited the usual format. The weekend of September 19, Highlands itself will be the backdrop for vignettes of dahlias placed around town.
Everyone on the Plateau will be treated to the free and socially-distant experience of beautiful dahlias and native plants arranged attractively in random places around town, with emphasis on historical sites. The beauty and bounty of this spectacular garden showstopper will be on stunning display; a joyful celebration of dahlias and native plants sponsored by Highlands Historical Society. The enduring beauty of nature and the creativity of local dahlia lovers will provide us all a moment of beauty and joy, during a time when both are sorely needed.
Individuals, groups, gardeners, garden clubs and dahlia enthusiasts will be displaying vignettes throughout town. These beautiful creations will feature dahlias and native plants, and perhaps even a clever or humorous prop or two. Part of the fun will be discovering the vignettes while enjoying a stroll around town. Keys will be in place to direct people on this walking tour and each display will be identified, giving credit to the creators.
It’s only fitting that the dahlia, a flower that has been grown and revered in our area for generations, has a festival in its honor, and even more so that the Highlands Historical Society makes it happen.
Past, present and future, these dazzling dahlias are to be celebrated and admired.