SF Rec & Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Dahlia Society of California with Annual Digout in Golden Gate Park

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 7 starting at 9:30a.m. The event will take place at the Dahlia Dell located at the northeastern corner of Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers.

Dahlias boast a diverse array of colors that produce abundant flowers from May to November in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1926, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower.

“The Dahlia Dell is a little known jewel in Golden Gate Park where people can come and admire the beauty of this City’s official flower,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “Our partnership with the Dahlia Society of California has ensured that dahlias continue to thrive in our park. Happy centennial to the DSC — looking forward to the next hundred years.”

At the Digout, volunteers will receive free training in growing dahlias through hands-on experience. They will dig tuber clumps, rake, weed, and label dahlia 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!”

Each year, the DSC holds two public events: a tuber/plant sale in April, and a competition show during the third weekend of August. Both events are free to the public.

The DSC is the San Francisco chapter of the American Dahlia Society. It was organized in 1917 under the laws of the California, two years after the American Dahlia Society was organized in 1915. DSC is a member of the Pacific Southwest Dahlia Conference, and one of the earliest members of the American Dahlia Society.

To learn more about the DSC, visit: http://www.sfdahlias. org/aboutdsc/about.htm.

For more information about upcoming SF Rec & Park volunteer events, please visit website at http://sfrecpark.org/ support-your-parks/volunteer- program/.

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