Walt & Cory with Wyn's Farmer John and Wyn's Feisty Freda
Wynne's Dahlias is located in the top corner of the beautiful Pacific Northwest . We are in the Pacific Time Zone- so if you call us please call between 9:00am & 8:00pm Pacific Time-- thanks!
We grew our first dahlia in 1967 (Miss Rose Flecher) & the dahlia addiction began! The first time we entered a dahlia in competition was at the Northwest Washington Fair in 1975 & we have been entering them ever since!
In 1983 we joined the Vancouver Dahlia Society & won our first Head Table award in 1984 -Best BB Triple in show with Salmon Rays.
In 1985 we helped found the Whatcom County Dahlia Society where we met Bob & Alvy Simon.
Bob & Alvy in our garden
Bob began to get us interested in hybridizing dahlias right from the start, but it took us a couple of years to really get into it. We found out exactly how much hard work it is to come up with some really good seedlings. You throw away many that don't measure up before finding the keepers. Like Bob, we do some hand pollinating and let the insects & bees do some. Bob was a very special friend to us -as busy as he was he still made time to teach us about hybridizing & growing seedlings.
Bob Simon with Creve Coeur in 1993
After Bob passed away in 1999 we presented a memorial trophy to the Whatcom County Dahlia Society in his honor. It is presented every year for the best Simon dahlia in the show. We were very pleased to win the trophy the 1st year for Bonaventure, probably Bob's most successful & famous dahlia. One of the things Bob taught us was to keep records of the seed parents, keep seed from AA mothers & don't use seedlings until they prove themselves. We plant all the decorative seed parents together & all the cactus & semi-cactus seed parents together so that we get less mixed form dahlias. We breed for size, strong stems, best form, good tuber production & overall strong tuber health.
In 1997 our first seedling, Devin's Delight (named after our 1st grandson) was introduced through Ferncliff Gardens in Canada. We stayed with Ferncliff until 2005, when we ventured out on our own & Wynne's Dahlias was born! Since then we have introduced many new AA & A dahlias as well as a few B & BB dahlias. You can find pictures of all our introductions in our photo albums on this site.
In 2007 we won the Darrill Heart Medal for Wyn's Sensation
The Darrill Heart Medal is for highest average scoring AA or A dahlia in the American Dahlia Society trial gardens.
In 2008 one of our seedlings grown & shown by Paul & Cheryl Howard won Best Dahlia in Show at the Puget Sound Dahlia Association Show in Seattle. On it's second showing at the 2008 Fraser Valley Show in Canada it won Best AA in show. All these awards & it didn't even have a name yet!
Wynne's Dahlias grown by many avid dahlia growers from all over the world are frequently on the Head Table in Dahlia Shows.
Cory, Cheryl Howard, Paul Howard & Walt-Best AA in Show-Wyn's King Salmon
We have a 62 acre farm, but so far only 1 1/2 acres are dedicated to growing dahlias. On that 1 1/2 acres we grow approximately 7,000 dahlia plants. Walt does all the preparing, planting, weeding, fertilizing, tying up, digging, washing & cutting up himself, while Cory helps with evaluating, deadheading & disbudding and does the hand pollinating, planting seeds and transplanting seedlings. She also takes care of the flower beds around the house-- all 9 of them-- as well as the bookkeeping, pictures, order processing & computer work for Wynne's Dahlias (with help from their daughter, Natalie, on the website :-)