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Dahlia Fiesta takes place at Kelmarsh Hall

Salsa dancing and picked Dahlias at Kelmarsh Hall. Photography � Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library

Salsa dancing and picked Dahlias at Kelmarsh Hall. Photography � Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library

A celebration of all things dahlia takes place at Kelmarsh Hall each Sunday in September.

The Dahlia Fiesta, the first of its kind, sees every Sunday having a special theme in recognition of the collection of dahlias on display at the hall’s historic kitchen garden.

Along with speakers, garden tours, dahlia clinics and flower arranging demonstrations, Dahlia Month will also celebrate the heritage of these flowers, which originate from South America.

To mark those origins there are also plans for salsa dancing in the hall and music.

Aimed at both enthusiastic gardeners who are just starting out in dahlia growing as well as more experienced growers, the emphasis will be on having fun while discovering more about these wonderful flowers.

Kelmarsh Hall prides itself on its extensive collection of dahlias, which includes some of the more unusual varieties. The collection is magnificently displayed in a striking double border and this year 20 new varieties have been added.

There are also some rare American varieties in a nod to the hall’s previous owner Nancy Lancaster – who was celebrated for her interior design and gardens.

Well-known gardener James Alexander-Sinclair is supporting the event and is the guest speaker on Sunday, September 7.

He said: “Dahlias – more colourful than a bucket of parrots and more exotic than a tropical sunset. The Kelmarsh Hall dahlia fiesta is something not to be missed.”

Gardener Fiona Alexandra added: “Our dahlias are always a delight in late summer and so we decided that we needed to celebrate them and make enthusiasts aware of Kelmarsh as a dahlia venue.

“This is the first time we have done something like this and we’re hoping it will be the start of an annual celebration.”

Dahlia Fiesta will take place on the four Sundays in September, with events running from midday to 4pm.

There will be a single entry fee to the hall, gardens and all the events, priced at £7.50 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and free for under-fives. More information can be found by clicking here.

 

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