Dahlia Hill is both a protected garden area in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, encompassing 1.41acre of terraced gardens, and the a 501 non-profit educational organization that runs the garden. Located in the city of Midland, Michigan, they annually grow more than 3,000 dahlia plants.HistoryArtist and teacher Charles Breed and his wife Ester moved to Midland in 1950 because of Alden B. Dow's architecture. A gift of dahlia tubers to Ester from daughter Crisann on mother's day in 1966 began Charles Breed's fascination with dahlias. Twenty-five growing seasons later, Charles possessed 1,700 tubers. His design studio was located on West Main Street, next to a vacant lot on the corner of Main and Orchard Drive. Bill Fisher purchased that unimproved parcel in 1968, intending to build condominiums there. Breed declined to sell his property several times, recalling that Alden Dow had told him that the only hill in Midland should have a special purpose.In 1992, Breed was given permission from Bill Fisher to plant dahlias on the vacant hillside property. Fisher Contracting brought in 200 cubic yards of topsoil, and Charles began planting his tubers, establishing Dahlia Hill.Breed constructed a new design studio and gallery on his adjoining property in 1997, which included a work room and storage space for dahlias. Fisher put in an irrigation system and expanded the planting area.The Dahlia Hill Society of Midland was incorporated in 1998 and began fund-raising to acquire the land where the flower garden was located. Midland lawyer John Riecker donated his time over a two-year period to form the non-profit entity, and his wife Ranny wrote a check to cover the $20,000 shortfall when the property was purchased from Fisher Contracting in August, 2000 for $175,000.Make Dahlia Hill a centerpiece of your Midland vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Midland tourist route planner.
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Midland, MI. has many very incredible places to visit. Dahlia Hill is just one. The Tridge over the Chippewa river is also worth the visit. more »
Best viewing is mid-summer through the end of September. The variety of Dahlias is astonishing! Very well cared for. more »
A quick stop lead to a lingering walk through the most beautiful flowers. As I climed the gentle slope among the terraces of thounds of dahlias I realized how devoted volunteers have given their lives... more »
Great space to spend some time, either on a lunch break, or just some free time. Very beautiful location when everything is in bloom!
So beautiful. Love to go year after year
Beautiful setting for gorgeous flowers.
Dennis C. Dill
Breath taking well grown Dahlias are an inspiration to all.
Small, on the Roadside, but when the dahlias are in bloom it's lovely
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