Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias by Erin Benzakein

We are so delighted to share with you the latest book in the absolutely gorgeous Floret Farm series.

Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias
Erin Benzakein, with Jill Jorgensen, Julie Chai, Photographs by Chris Benzakein


A stunning guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous dahlia blooms from celebrated farmer-florist and New York Times bestselling author Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flower Farm.

World-renowned flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein reveals all the secrets to growing, cultivating, and arranging gorgeous dahlias. These coveted floral treasures come in a dazzling range of colors, sizes, and forms, with enough variety for virtually every garden space and personal preference, making them one of the most beloved flowers for arrangements.
In these pages, readers will discover:

– Expert advice for planting, harvesting, and arranging garden-fresh dahlias

– A simple-to-follow overview of the dahlia classification system

– An A–Z guide with photos and descriptions of more than 350 varieties

– Step-by-step how-to’s for designing show-stopping dahlia bouquets that elevate any occasion

Overflowing with hundreds of lush photographs and invaluable advice, DISCOVERING DAHLIAS is an essential resource for gardeners and a must-have for anyone who loves flowers, including flower lovers, avid and novice gardeners, floral designers, florists, small farmers, stylists, and designers.

This book is a beautiful present and a thoughtful gift for nature lovers, flower enthusiasts, and gardeners. The colorful, flower-forward package pairs perfectly with a bouquet of flowers, seeds, or a vase.

About the creators

Erin Benzakein is a world-renowned flower farmer known for her lush, vibrant floral designs. She is the author of Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers, a New York Times bestseller, and Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset Magazine, the New York Times, Magnolia Journal, and Country Living. She lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, with her husband, Chris, and their two children.

Jill Jorgensen is the Creative Director at Floret, where she oversees all new product and content creation while helping bring fresh ideas to life. She has a rich background in writing, floral design, and event planning.
Julie Chai is a gardening writer and editor. She has been featured by Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gardenista, HGTV, and Sunset Magazine, where she was the senior garden editor.

Chris Benzakein is the photographer behind the vibrant floral images for Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias and Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers. In addition to managing the day-to-day at Floret, Chris is constantly documenting the brilliant beauty of the farm’s flowers through his camera lens. Chris lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, where he farms alongside his family—including his wife Erin and their two children.



We absolutely love all the books in the Floret Farm series, and Discovering Dahlias is another stunning example. Erin and her fellow creators have produced a beautiful book that is not only uplifting and joyous, but full of the most useful information as they reveal all the secrets you will need for growing, cultivating, and arranging your own gorgeous dahlias.

The content includes:
Understanding dahlias – sizes, forms and colour
Growing and care – How to Grow, Harvesting
Digging, Dividing and Storing – Cold-Weather Care, Anatomy of a Tuber, Storage
Advanced Techniques – Propagation Methods, Hybridising
Designing with Dahlias – Beautiful examples of floral arrangements using dahlias
Variety Finder – from more than 800 varieties grown when creating this book and many more that exist, 360 of their top picks are included in the directory

The dahlias beautifully photographed in this book are some of the most showstopping blooms that are grown on the farm. The step-by-step guides are exceptionally helpful.

This is a very special book to treasure, if you love dahlias, you will absolutely adore this book.

Very Highly Recommended!

Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms – Erin Benzakein, with Jill Jorgensen, Julie Chai, Photographs by Chris Benzakein published by Chronicle Books