Dahlia Hill, Midland
Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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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There is so much beauty in one dahlia, and here we have an entire hillside full of them! Late August/early September is a perfect time to visit and learn about all the many, many types of dahlias ther... read more »
Before visiting this historic hill we never really appreciated the amazing glory of dahlias. If you have any interest in beautiful flowers you should put this on your list. And if you have any connect... read more »
When Dahlia Hill is in full bloom, it is quite a spectacular sight. Dahlia flowers are so unique and intricate, and they have many varieties for your viewing pleasure. Great for some fun macro photogr... read more »
A beautiful place to take a lunch, hang out or just look at the flowers.
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