Darren Everest Dahlias





Dahlias & Sweet Peas are my Passion


Ø   Introduction


About Me


Hi, my name is Darren Everest. I’ve been growing Dahlias for about twenty six years.


My aim is to provide information about my life in Dahlias and Sweet Peas.

I hope I can share ideas, tips and things that worked for me in growing, and showing, Dahlias and Sweet Peas.

This is a passion with me, as well as a learning curve and my lifetime hobby.


I am available to give Talks and Demonstrations on Dahlias and Sweet Peas in the South East Area.


Plants and Cut Flowers are sometimes available.


My first recollection of seeing Dahlias was as a young child walking down my Granddad’s garden, walking past his exhibition

Chrysanthemums before coming across a ‘hedgerow’ of colourful blooms at the end of his main flower/vegetable plot.


I must have been around twelve when I was at my local flower show (my parents were helping to run it)

and was greeted by a bank of these colourful Dahlia blooms some three rows deep on tiered staging.

I was soon introduced to the three or four exhibitors and was asked if I wanted to have a go at growing some the following year.


The following year I was given around twenty tubers which went into a patch on my Dad’s (Bryan Everest) allotment and my first attempts at showing them began.

I can’t remember if I won any prizes but I was hooked by the bug and had set my sights on those red tickets!


At the age of fifteen I was growing around three hundred plants on my own allotment growing such varieties as

Klanstad Kerkrade, Athalie, Moor Place, Wootton Cupid, Katherine’s Cupid, Salmon Symbol and Ruskin Diane.

I even had a go at exhibiting in the novice classes at the National Dahlia Society show in London.

I was unsuccessful but my Dahlias didn’t look out of place in amongst the eighteen or so entries in each class.


I continued to grow Dahlias each year only taking a break due to work and family commitments but each year yearned to get back to my passion.

I have exhibited at many of my local shows each year for a number of years and have even tried my luck at two of the larger specialist

Dahlia shows, The Kent Dahlia Society Show and the Surrey Chrysanthemum and Dahlia (C and D) Show.

I have had some success at these shows but have lacked a little consistency.


Up until last year I was limited to growing around one hundred and fifty plants but having moved allotment sites in October 2010 I was able to increase my growing capacity to around three hundred plants.

The increase in numbers meant that I had more blooms to select from and was able to vase up some much better exhibits.


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Information / Contact


For more information please contact me:


Phone:: 07808 793862


E-mail: darreneverest@ymail.com


Web: www.darreneverestdahlias.co.uk


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Future Shows and Lectures


Darren attends various Shows throughout the South and South-East during the growing season.

He also gives lectures in the same area at various times of the year.

A list of the Shows he attends and lectures he gives is available on the Future Shows and Lectures web page of his website.


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