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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A Brief History
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.