Mark Harvey has been member of the Portland Dahlia Society for many years. He started his dahlia enterprise growing dahlias at his "Old House" in
southeast Portland and thus the name "Old House Dahlias" . For several years he leased property to grow dahlias and at one time grew them next to
the Willamette River on piece of property slated for future development. For many years he rented property in the Columbia Gorge in Corbett and grew
acres of dahlias there. A couple of years ago, Mark was able to purchase 13.9 acres of land 6 miles south of Tillamook on Highway 101. He sells his cut
flowers to many large grocery stores and does a brisk business in custom orders for weddings and special occasions. The picture is from the blog
called The Tillamook Coast.
Mark used to drive a car similar to this
one all around Portland and it too was
yellow but had pictures of dahlias on it.
View to the west as I stood in his show
garden. The farm extends to the Trask
River that is just below the tree line.
Flowers love the brisk coastal air that
is cooler than Portland. This flower was
especially bright and colorful: Hollyhill
Mark uses this machine to work his
Snoho Storm flowers waiting for the
The picture of the elk in the mural
painted by Mark is not just symbolic.
His biggest pests(really big as they can
weigh 1000 pounds)are the elk that
want eat his dahlias.