Showy dahlias, in all their colors, shapes and sizes are very rewarding for gardeners, whether beginning or experienced to grow. One of the best ways to get started is to purchase tubers or cuttings from dahlia enthusiasts. The John E. Stowell Dahlia Society , www.jesdahlias.org, will be at the DeAnza Flea Market on April 6 and May 4th and at Kelly Park on April 13 with a wide selection of dahlias to choose from.
The society is named after a highly respected Sunnyvale dahlia grower who hybridized numerous dahlias. They meet at St. Edwards Episcopal Church in San Jose on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Novices are invited and long-time members are generous in sharing their knowledge and plants with the new members.