Dahlia delight at historic manor

Dahlias at Kelmarsh Hall
Dahlias at Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens are hosting two dahlia festivals this month after a similar event last year proved popular.

There will be specially-themed events on September 6th and 27th, in recognition of the varied and vibrant display of dahlias that can be found in Kelmarsh Hall’s historic walled kitchen garden.

Last year 20 new varieties were introduced, making it one of the must-see collections for dahlia lovers.

Along with a dahlia clinic for enthusiasts, there will also be dahlia-focussed talks and demonstrations, including flower-arranging in Kelmarsh Hall’s newly-restored Orangery.

In addition, there will be plant sales and exhibitors along with tours of the Grade II* gardens, which include a striking double border, sunken garden, fan rose garden and a 30m long border. Visitors will also be able to explore the Hall on a free-flow basis.

Head gardener Joshua Coyne said: “In the walled garden at Kelmarsh Hall, we have the space to grow larger varieties, and to experiment with our own seedlings. The range of shapes and colours is fascinating, and for sheer flower-power, there is nothing to beat dahlias. Come and learn the secrets of successfully growing these show-off plants. ”

One of the less common varieties which can be seen at Kelmarsh Hall includes Admiral Rawlings along with American-bred dahlias such as Micah Mooka, Loverboy and Jennifer’s Wedding. On September 27, there will be a talk by Andy Vernon, a writer, television producer-director and dahlia enthusiast.

There will be a single entry fee to the hall, gardens and all the events during the Dahlia Festival: £8 for adults, £7.50 for concessions, £4.50 for children aged 5-14 and free entry for under-fives. For more details visit www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 686543.