I stopped by yesterday to see Ed Bonci‘s dahlias in the Cornell Cooperative Extension demonstration gardens at Hart’s Brook Preserve, which is just off Ridge Road in Hartsdale.
Wow. They look fantastic. Here are three shots of ‘Gloriosa,’ his favorite.
A yellow and red flame dahlia called ‘Kenora Sunset’:
I hope I get the names right — Ed’s been helping me ID these via email. A lavender ball named ‘Mary’s Jomanda’:
Ed says he won for ‘Mary’s Jomanda’ at a show in Rhode Island last weekend. Congrats!
I knew I was in the right spot at Hart’s Brook when I saw the red umbrellas over some of the dahlias.
Ed likes to shade them when they first emerge, to keep the colors from bleaching out.
A new variety called ‘Hilltop Glo’:
‘Georgia Sunrise’ (and a happy grasshopper):
‘Weston Spanish Dancer’:
Some of his dahlias are behind deer fencing, with all the vegetables.
I counted 51 plants in total. Here’s ‘Laredo’:
Dahlias are the September stars of these demonstration gardens, but there’s lots of stuff growing here.
Kudos to all of the master gardener volunteers who tend these gardens. Last year, they grew more than a ton of food for the soup kitchen at Grace Church in White Plains. This is community gardening at its best.
Ornamental grass in front of the Children’s Garden.
And pumpkins, just in time for fall.
If you want to see more dahlias, check out the Mid Island Dahlia Show at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, Long Island, which will be held this coming weekend, Saturday, Sept. 13th from 1p.m.- 5 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 14th from 12 noon – 5 p.m.
And here’s a link to the Garden Calendar, with lots more activities at Hart’s Brook, including a talk on Oct. 11 by Ed on end-of-season dahlia care. I went a couple of years ago — he’s as good a teacher as he is a gardener.