Blooming Soon Near you…Dahlias!

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What flower was once classified as a vegetable because of its edible tubers, which taste like a mix of potatoes and radishes? If you guessed Dahlias, you’re correct. These summer beauties are often used in weddings and cut flower arrangements as a symbol of commitment and everlasting union. At Bullington, this commitment is in the form of hard work and perseverance. The dahlia team begins their work in early winter, dividing the tubers from last year and organizing them for this year’s display. From plowing, amending, and planting, the team meets weekly for at least 10 months out of the year. The two months of splendor is a rich dessert at the end of that hard work. The team consists of members Brian Killingsworth,  Kim Biggerstaff, Greg Massey, Joy Muck, Linda Kennard, Joe Robustelli, Jerry Neff, and Sherry Metzger. With over 600 named cultivars, many from our own Dahlia expert Brian Killingsworth, the upcoming display promised to be breathtaking.

Wine-Dahlias 2021To those wishing to enjoy this display, Bullington Gardens is accepting reservations for exclusive, twilight parties in the gardens for two private groups of eight beginning Thursday, August 26, through Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy nature while sipping delicious, locally-sourced wines and cider and strolling through the spectacular Dahlias in full bloom. Groups of up to eight will enjoy their own private party in either the pavilion or under festive tents. The horticultural therapy greenhouse is available in case of rain.

Each evening is limited to two groups, and each group’s table is set in separate venues. A table includes two bottles of wine, one bottle of cider, and bottles of water. Tables will be adorned with fresh floral arrangements to take home. Guests are invited to bring their own hors d’oeuvres or an entire meal to create an amazing private party with an unrivaled view.

For more info, see the Bullington Gardens website.

A table for eight is $300 per group. Sponsorship levels of $500 will include the host’s name appearing on Bullington Gardens’ social media accounts, website, and newsletter. All proceeds support the Educational and Horticultural Therapy programs for children and adults with special needs.