Floret Farm's discovering dahlias A guide to growing and arranging magnificent blooms

Erin Benzakein

Book - 2021

"Grow and arrange breathtaking dahlias to enhance every occasion. In this luxe compendium, world-renowned flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein reveals all the secrets to cultivating 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. In these pages, readers will discover expert advice for planting, harvesting, and arranging garden-fresh dahlias, including a simple-to-follow overview of the dahlia classification system, an A-Z guide with photos and descriptions of more than 350 varieties, and step-by-step how-tos for designing show-stopp...ing dahlia bouquets that elevate any occasion. Full of expert wisdom and overflowing with hundreds of lush photographs, DISCOVERING DAHLIAS is an essential resource for gardeners and a must-have for anyone who loves flowers"--

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Instructional and educational works
Handbooks and manuals
Illustrated works
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books [2021]
Main Author
Erin Benzakein (author)
Other Authors
Julie Chai (author), Jill Jorgensen (photographer), Chris Benzakein
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
223 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Falling for Dahlias
  • Understanding Dahlias
  • Sizes
  • Forms
  • Color
  • Growing and Care
  • How to Grow
  • Harvesting
  • Digging, Dividing, and Storing
  • Cold-Weather Care
  • Anatomy of a Tuber
  • Storage
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Propagation Methods
  • Hybridizing
  • Designing with Dahlias
  • All Hail the Queen
  • Fields of Gold
  • Peppermint Swirl
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Shooting Stars
  • Champagne Toast
  • Peach Sorbet
  • Variety Finder
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Blush/Champagne
  • Peach
  • Orange
  • Coral
  • Raspberry
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Maroon/Black
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Benzakein (Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers), founder of the Floret flower seed company and farm, delivers a comprehensive and enthusiastic guide to planting, growing, harvesting, and displaying dahlias. She begins with a detailed overview of the flowers and provides a size-based classification system that ranges from the "cutest variety" of pompons at two inches in diameter, to the giants measuring more than 10 inches. She also breaks down the plants' varying shapes (peony, ball, and orchette) and colors (pink, orange, white, and red). Among growing and care advice, Benzakein offers tips on sunlight (direct sun six hours a day is a must), space (three feet on either side), and soil maintenance (soil tests are well worth the trouble, she advises). As for harvesting, the flowers should be cut when they're almost fully open, and gardeners interested in selling their plants should cut long stems, which are better for arranging. Experienced gardeners will appreciate Benzakein's rundown of such advanced techniques as propagation and hybridizing. Anyone in search of a guide to dahlias need look no further. Agent: Leslie Stoker, Stoker Literary. (Mar.)

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