These are pictures of dahlias that were grown and photographed at
Leatherwood Dahlias, Waynesville/Maggie Valley, NC
Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina,
New Jersey, and even Florida.
In the caption at the bottom of each dahlia picture in this section, you will find the name of the dahlia and other information that describes the size, type, and color of the dahlia as defined by the American Dahlia Society (ADS). Also in this caption is the location (Leatherwood, Haywood Community College, Zula, Rapalje) where the dahlia was grown. Most of the pictures were taken by me, with a few by my friend Robert Matthews, who worked for Mr. Freedlander at Dahliadel in the Mountains about 50 years ago. For more detailed information about the ADS classifications, please see the previous two pages on this topic.
Size of dahlias: AA = Giant dahlias, larger than 10"
A = Large dahlias, 8 - 10"
B = Medium dahlias, 6 - 8"
BB = Small dahlias, 4 - 6"
M = Miniature dahlias, smaller than 4"
P = Pompon dahlias, smaller than 2"
BA = Ball dahlias
MB = Miniature Ball dahlias.
The second part of the classification is the "Type" of dahlia, consisting of 20 different categories, which are explained on other pages of this website or on the ADS website.
The third part is the "Color." There are 10 primary colors: BR=Bronze, DP=Dark Pink, DR=Dark Red, L=Lavender, OR=Orange, PK=Pink, PR=Purple, R=Red, W=White, and Y=Yellow. (There are NO blue dahlias!) Some varieties of dahlias have two colors. For these, the ADS has defined 5 color combinations: BI=Bicolor, FL=Flame Blend, LB=Light Blend, DB=Dark Blend, and V=Variegated.
This picture of the field at Leatherwood Dahlias was taken and sent to me by Robert Matthews!