Dahlias for Senior Center: 70 varieties of tubers available Monday for a donation

Saturday, May 18, 2019

John Hibbs' dahlia beds last August
Photo by John Hibbs

Ridgecrest resident John Hibbs kicks off the 4th annual Dahlias for the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center fundraiser this coming Monday morning, May 20, 2019 from 9 - 11am with a tubers-by-donation event.

Bouquets last summer at the Ridgecrest Public House
Photo by John Hibbs
Hibbs, who supervises the Bastyr naturopathic clinic at the Senior Center, is an avid dahlia grower. Last year, bouquets of mixed dahlias were available in return for a donation at the Senior Center and at the Ridgecrest Pub. The Ridgecrest Pub generously matched donations, and all collections went to the Senior Center.

Neighbors and friends were also able to request custom bouquets for a donation, including larger numbers of blossoms for events, from Hibbs at home.

In all, the dahlias brought in over $2500 for the Senior Center’s general fund in 2018.

Hibbs planted his dahlias last weekend
Photo by John Hibbs

It's planting time now. Hibbs has planted his dahlia beds with 110 varieties, and has the tubers of about 70 varieties left over this year. 

Says Hibbs, I'm going to kick off the 2019 Dahlias For Seniors Project by having a tuber event at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center from 9-11am on Monday May 20. 
With the warm Spring we’ve had, dahlias should be blooming by mid-July.

Once the blooming season starts, fresh blooms will be delivered on Mondays and Thursdays to the Senior Center, and Tuesdays - Fridays - Sundays to the Ridgecrest Pub, 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155.

The Senior Center is in the stand-alone building at the south end of the Shoreline Center, at 1st NE and NE 185th.


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