31st October 2016 - The Dahlia Garden is now closed for the 2016 season and will open again next July
The National Dahlia Collection has had its home at Varfell Farm since 1998 under the current custodianship of Greenyard Flowers UK LTD. We have a two acre display garden on the farm located close to the A30 just outside Penzance with views overlooking St Michael’s Mount - See Map.
The majority of our 1600 + varieties are grown in the Dahlia Garden which provides visitors with the opportunity to browse through the beds to see some old favourites, many heritage varieties and to perhaps select some of the new varieties to order for delivery the following spring, or you may be lucky and find we have your selected variety available for sale in a pot!
The Collection regularly exhibits at the RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton Park and Westminster Shows and has been successful in achieving Gold Medal Awards at all of these shows on more than one occasion.
The Dahlia Garden is open daily between 9am to 5pm from mid-July to the end of September usually on an “open but unattended basis” at no charge. The opening period may be extended to October pending weather conditions and the Dahlia’s remaining in flower ~ check the website for details.
Car parking is also free and is immediately adjacent to the garden. Should the garden be unattended during your visit there are plants for sale with an “honesty box” in the adjacent tunnel.
Disabled Access ~ The Collection is located in a field with grass walkways and consequently the terrain can be soft at times depending on the weather conditions. There is ample width for access as we aim to make your visit as comfortable and enjoyable for everyone.
There are toilet facilities located on site for your convenience.
Dogs on leads are welcome, but please clear up after them and use the waste bins provided.
We do from time to time host visits from Gardening Clubs. If you are interested in this sort of visit please contact us by e mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, this is a working farm and any closed gates must be closed behind you. On the farm premises and particularly in the entrance and gate ways be aware of the moving farm vehicles and equipment. You are on the premises at your own risk
DAHLIA GARDEN OPEN DAY
An Open Day is held annually on the Sunday before August Bank Holiday Monday ( 10am – 4.30pm ) which is attended by our team of Dahlia specialists who can help you with your queries and the opportunity to place orders for 2017 delivery.
If you require further information about any of the above please contact us on email@example.com
or call 01736 339273
The National Dahlia Collection was first established in 1983 in Oxfordshire before moving to The Duchy College near Rosewarne. Since 1998 it has been in the custodianship of Greenyard Flowers UK LTD (Formerly known as Winchester Growers) situated just outside Penzance.
During its time in Penzance the Collection has been fully re-catalogued. The mail order operation and website were introduced and the showcasing of the Collection at the RHS Shows commenced.
In 2009 the team took the dahlias to the Chelsea Flower Show. This was the first time dahlias had been there for over 30 years, achieving not only a Gold Medal but also the coveted President’s Award for the best display in the Grand Pavilion. That same year the team also achieved the Tudor Rose award at Hampton Court Flower Show for the best display garden.
The Collection continues to attend and to be successful at the RHS Shows, the website has recently been re-developed and we are now working on improving the garden visit experience.
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