The Aztecs are reported to have cultivated dahlias for food, ceremonies and as decorations. Early European visitors to Mexico described their brilliant colors and brought them home for breeding; now they’re grown just about everywhere.
Golden Gate Park is home to the work of some award-winning dahlia hybridizers, including Erik & Gerda Juul and Lou Paradise. Dahlia varieties seem to drift rather rapidly, so they warrant documentation. In honor of the start of Spring, I’ve posted a collection of photos of the various dahlias grown in Golden Gate Park with a variety name for each. These are intended more as documentation than art. The sort of abstraction of these flowers that I prefer merely irritates their breeders. I like to shoot them after their prime and blur out the details, but I’ve tried to avoid that for this group.
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