SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the Dahlia Society of California (DSC) will be hosting a volunteer event, the annual Dahlia Dell Digout in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, January 10th starting at 9:00AM. The event will take place at the Dahlia Dell located at the northeastern corner of Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers.
The **Dahlia boasts a diverse spread of colors that produce abundant of flowers from May to November in the Bay Area. On October 4, 1926, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors legislated to make Dahlia the official flower of San Francisco.
“Dahlia Dell is a little known gem in Golden Gate Park where people can come and admire the beautify official flower of San Francisco,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Our partnership with Dahlia Society of California has ensured Dahlia continue to thrive in our park, and spread the love for this vibrant specie of flower.”
At the Digout, volunteers will receive free training in Dahlia growing through hand-on experience with digging tuber clumps, raking, weeding and labeling tubers. Participants are asked to wear sturdy closed-toe footwear and warm clothing, and bring gloves and pruning shears if available. The event will occur rain or shine with lunch and light refreshments served at the end of the event.
“We will be weeding and raking in the Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park this weekend in preparation for spring planting,” said Erik Gaensler, DSC board member. “We will work rain or shine!”
DSC is the San Francisco chapter of the American Dahlia Society since 1917. The American Dahlia Society established in 1915, is a member of the Pacific Southwest Dahlia Conference, and an affiliate of the National Dahlia Society of England.
For more information about upcoming SF Rec and Park volunteer events, please visit website at http://sfrecpark.org/support-your-parks/volunteer-program/.