Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Dahlia Dodd’s ‘Mary’

‘This beautiful variety was raised by Mr. Dodds, gardener to Sir George Warrender, and is generally considered by all who have seen flowers of it, to be unrivalled in its class; wherever we have seen it exhibited, either in the country or metropolitan shows, its superbity was so evident, that the most inexperienced in a knowledge of the properties of a first rate flower were struck with its beauty, which those persons capable of ascertaining its merits, without a single exception that we have seen or heard of, state that it is, in its class, superior to any other exhibited this year.’  [FC p.264/1836].  [FC p.122/1836].  The flower is fully double, almost globular, white, with a very pale pink blotch at the edge of the petals and would be classified as a Show Dahlia today. 


Horticultural & Botanical History

The Gardeners Chronicle listed ‘Mary’ among the best 50 dahlias available.  The grower was recorded as Dods, although the spelling Dodds, which appears to be the correct one, also occurs elsewhere in this periodical.  [Gard. Chron. 1841].  Dodds’ ‘Mary’ won 92 prizes in the Dahlia shows of 1840, confirming its superiority.  [FC p.13/1841].  For more information on botanical and horticultural history of the Florist’s Dahlia see Dahlia pinnata Cav.


History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.106/1843].



Published Jan 28, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 09:31 AM

The image shows a very double , formal dahlia with white petals tipped with deep pink.  Floricultural Cabinet p.122, 1836.

Dahlia Dodds' ‘Mary’ | FC p.122/1836 | RBGS


Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Dodds' Mary and about 20 others


Confidence level high