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Dahlia ‘Beauty of the Grove’

Probably Burgess’ ‘Beauty of the Grove’.  Pale buff yellow with dark rosy tips, attractive and with plenty of ‘stuff’ to warrant good growth.  [Gard. Chron. 1851].  The Floricultural Cabinet provided a list of new dahlias offered to the public in 1853 and described ‘Beauty of the Grove’ as ‘yellowish buff, edged with rosy pink; good outline and centre; pretty.’  [FC p.37/1853].  ‘Beauty of the Grove’, presumably Burgess’, was a prize winner at the Grand National Dahlia Show, September 1858.  [Gard. Chron. 1858].

Horticultural & Botanical History

At least one other dahlia bore the name ‘Beauty of the Grove’, bred by Soden in 1849.  ‘A very fine, constant dark dahlia of medium size […] small and neat and the darkest flower we have seen’. [GC Sept. 4, 1850].  The Floricultural Cabinet described the new seedling ‘Beauty of the Grove’ as dark crimson, small, and ribbed petals.  [FC p.262/1850].

For more information on the botanical and horticultural history of the Florist’s Dahlia see Dahlia pinnata Cav.

History at Camden Park

Listed in Addenda to the 1857 catalogue [A.19/1857].


Published Apr 21, 2009 - 02:59 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 09:20 AM

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Beauty of the Grove 

Confidence level high