Kelmarsh Hall to hold dahlia festival

Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire is holding its first dahlia festival this September.

Kelmarsh dahlias
Kelmarsh dahlias

Dahlia Fiesta will see every Sunday in September have a special theme in recognition of the collection of dahlias on display in Kelmarsh Hall’s historic kitchen garden.

Along with speakers, garden tours, dahlia clinics and flower arranging demonstrations, Dahlia Month will also celebrate the heritage of these flowers, which originate from South America, so there are also plans for salsa dancing in the hall and music.

Kelmarsh Hall has a double border of dahlias and this year 20 new varieties have been added.

There are also some rare American varieties in a nod to the hall’s previous owner Nancy Lancaster – who was celebrated for her interior design and gardens.

James Alexander-Sinclair is the guest speaker on September 7.

He said: "Dahlias. More colourful than a bucket of parrots and more exotic than a tropical sunset. The Kelmarsh Hall dahlia fiesta is something not to be missed." 

Gardener Fiona Alexandra said: "Our dahlias are always a delight in late summer and so we decided that we needed to celebrate them and make enthusiasts aware of Kelmarsh as a dahlia venue. This is the first time we have done something like this and we’re hoping it will be the start of an annual celebration."

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