British dahlia maven among the judges at Oaks Park show
Dahlia enthusiasts from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the southern part of British Columbia made their way to historic Oaks Amusement Park at the end of August for the annual Pacific Northwest Regional Dahlia Show.
"The 'romance of dahlias' is that they are 'gifts that keep on giving' – once they start blooming, you'll have continual blooms for as long as you keep them picked and dead-headed," smiled Portland Dahlia Society President Larry Smith, as he judged flowers during the show.
"And, the color, the variety, and the diversity of dahlias is just amazing and astounding!" Smith added with enthusiasm.
In addition to the show's judges from around the region, Smith introduced THE BEE to the Royal British Dahlia Society's Archivist David Brown, a renowned dahlia expert.
"I think the selection here at the show is marvelous, especially considering that has been a difficult growing season. I think anyone, from anywhere around the world, would be pleased to see what's here on display at this show," remarked Brown, while considering which was the very best bloom – to be awarded a [British] National Dahlia Society Silver Medallion.
As the judges wrapped up their work, the doors of the show at Oaks Park were thrown open to the public – all of whom admired the individually-shown blooms, in groups of three or five, and in arrangements.