Garden Tour
A Visit to Park's
Dahlias
by Ted J. Kennedy
Here is a picture of one of the three main beds and you can see the forested mountains in the background.
Here is a garden
visitor wondering
how all the dahlias
grow so tall in the
Park's garden.  
Another view,
showing the forest
setting.
Christie Parks is giving a guided tour.
There a lot more to see and enjoy than just dahlias at Parks. Here is one of several
gardens that they have planted. More to follow...
Here is a wonderful little area that just invites you sit down for a spell.
We attended the Roseburg show on the last weekend in September 2011. On that Sunday after the
show, Park's Dahlias Dahlias holds their open house.  Park's Dahlias is located only about a mile off of
the Azalea Exit on Interstate 5.  For people unfamiliar with Oregon, Azalea, population 634,  is located
about 210 miles South of Portland.  Park's Dahlias is located in a forest setting and to keep the deer and
elk out, it is surrounded by a 10 foot tall deer fence.  To say the least,  Park's Dahlias is "Dahlia Heaven"
to anyone who is interested in dahlias. She grows about 4000 dahlia plants  and they love the
combination of the forest setting and the unique climate. Her garden can get very warm during the day,
but on most nights the cool air from the surrounding mountains flows to the garden and the typical
lows are in the 40s, even on hot days.  That combination preserves the dahlias bright colors  all
season. And, another by  product of the climate is that most dahlias grow taller here than most
anywhere else.
The Parks house
Christie has an
extensive cutting
garden of foliage
and flowers to go
with her dahlias.
Bryn Terfel grown
by Christie. Only
13.5 inches in
diameter. She says
it was a small one!
Christie is dabbling
in seedlings now
too. Here is a very
nice orange
collarette.
And from her wonderful garden comes
beautiful flowers. She is a master at
creating basket entries. Here is her
best in show basket.
Christie grows
really strange
sunflowers.
Camano Rascal has great color here!
Christie's Lakeview
Glow won Best in Show
at Eugene last year.
There are lots of
very pretty things
to see here.