Rye Driftwood Garden Club presents Rye garden writer and master gardener Thomas Mickey who will explore the fascinating history of dahlias and how they became such a popular garden flower. The program starts at 10 am, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye NH.
Mickey has long been fascinated with the connection between gardens and history, digging into all sorts of resources to uncover the checkered past of a flower we take for granted in our summer gardens. In his talk, Mickey will discuss how dahlias came into fashion in the mid-1880’s, but then went out of fashion as people considered them too garish and showy! It was not until the 1990’s – a century later – that they became popular again.
Purchasing a New Hampshire home sparked Mickey’s green thumb, and his research interests lie in the intersection of “history, marketing, and gardening.” Mickey won the Enid A. Haupt Fellowship from the Horticultural Services Division of the Smithsonian to research seed catalogs at the Smithsonian archives in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several gardening books, including America’s Romance with the English Garden and Best Garden Plants for New England.
The public is invited to attend this presentation. Non-club members are welcome for a suggested donation of $5. Before Mickey’s presentation, the Club has an enjoyable coffee half hour at 9:30 which is a great opportunity to get to know the RDGC members. For more information, visit the RDGC website at: www.ryenhgardenclub.org.
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