Jack Leatherwood in his Maggie Valley garden
Dahlias are native to Mexico, where they are the official national flower. Botanists have identified at least 85 species of dahlias, while growers have created thousands of hybrids. Above, three varieties grown by Buddy Dean
Blyton Softer Gleam
AC Cloud and Rain
JB’s Paula Ann
Bullington Gardens is named after the late Bob Bullington, a New York City police officer who retired to Hendersonville, where he indulged his passion for horticulture. Today, the gardens provide hands-on education in growing to students, youth clubs, and gardeners of all ages.
Rejman’s Polish Kid
Leatherwood grows 1,100 dahlias on four-tenths of an acre in Maggie Valley and uses a drip irrigation system to ensure they receive plenty of water and nourishment.