About Withypitts Dahlias

I became involved with growing Dahlias over 50 years ago. My childhood was spent growing up on a nursery that specialised in Dahlias, Chrysanthemums and Delphiniums. I even had a pompon named after me in the mid-50's; I had found a sport on Little Beeswing that was grown on and named Master Richard, sadly now lost. This was the Grove Nurseries and owned by Stuart Ogg - the "King of Dahlias" who was my godfather. My grandfather, Edmund (always known as Ted) and father, Peter, worked on the nurseries as Nursery Manager and Office Manager respectively. I learnt everything about growing dahlias from my grandfather and everything about selecting for cutting and showing (commercially) from my father. My apprenticeship ran from ther age of about 6 to 16! The Grove Nurseries were the first flower grower to win the coveted Brockhouse Gold Trophy for the best exhibit in show at the Southport Flower Show in 1963; I helped stage that show and many others. You could say that Dahlias are in the blood!

Withypitts Dahlias

I have grown dahlias, as a hobby, on and off for 40 years. 10 years ago I had many surplus plants and sold them through the local ad mag. As a direct consequence of that I was asked if I would propagate around 200 for someone for his cut flower "hobby". I decided that I would need to get serious if I was going to do so and launched a web site. Things have gone from strength to strength and in 2011 had a little less than an acre filled with plants.

In 2010 I sold cut flower for the first time and sold all that I could cut, many going to the local and very prestigious farm shop. In 2011 the majority of the production was sent to New Covent Garden Flower market for the first time where Alagar Limited sell to top florists, designers and party/event planners. Simon Lycett, of "Two Weddings and a Funeral" fame, took a bucket of our blooms on to the "Alan Titchmarsh Show" in September 2011, to illustrate "dignity" when describing the language of flowers. I do detect a move by florists to source their products from within the UK; did you realise that over £2 billion a year is spent on flowers in this country and 85% are imported? Please take a look at the cut flower web pages.

2012 saw us move to new premises and we farmed 1 ½ acres supplying Dennis Edwards Flowers in the Flower Market, a number of florists direct and sending blooms all over the country by courier. In 2013 and 2014 our business has grown from strength to strength and our cut flower have been used in many very prestigious venues both in London and around the country. This has firmly establishing us as the premier produce of top quality, specimen dahlia blooms.