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!