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Take a Stroll in High Hampton’s Historic Dahlia Gardens

February 2nd, 2011 by Staff

dahlia-from-high-hampton-dahlia-garden_inga-swett High Hampton Inn’s beautiful historic Dahlia Garden comprises almost an acre of colorful blooms.  They were first planted more than 100 years ago by Caroline Halsted, a niece of General Wade Hampton, the original owner of the High Hampton property.  She was the wife of Dr. William Halsted, the internationally-acclaimed first Chief of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University and the second owner of High Hampton.  The garden displays many pure colors and variegated blossoms that bloom in late summer and early fall.  Guests of the Inn are invited to cut blooms to display in their rooms for a beautiful splash of color or to take home with them upon departure.

To take some of the High Hampton spirit home with you, plant your own dahlia garden.  The beautiful colors of the flowers will take you back to the Inn every time you see them.


How to Plant a Dahlia Garden:

  1. Select a planting location that receives full sun. It’s very important to wait until after the last frost to plant your bulb.
  2. Add organic compost to the soil prior to planting. The compost should be worked into the existing soil to a depth of 18 inches. Dahlias grow quickly and require excellent growing conditions to perform at their best.
  3. Dig a large planting hole that is at least twice as deep as the length of the dahlia tuber, deeper if possible and equally as wide. Add a tablespoon of super-phosphate fertilizer to the bottom of each planting hole. The fertilizer will provide the nutrients necessary to develop root growth.
  4. Place the tuber in the bottom of the hole and fill in the soil only to the top of the stem. The hole should remain partially filled with just the top of the stem sticking up until you begin to see growth.
  5. Fill in the hole gradually to cover the new growth as the tuber begins to grow. Covering the stem inch by inch as it grows causes the stem to grow strong so that it will support the flowers.
  6. Begin watering when the plants are actively growing above ground. Water deeply to encourage strong roots.

A Garden Fit For Giants, Fall Foliage And Waterfalls

February 2nd, 2011 by Staff

cp_waterfall High Hampton Inn is the ideal destination for nature lovers, especially during the fall.  With a garden fit for giants, miles of hiking trails, and numerous waterfalls nearby, there are so many exciting ways to experience the stunning jewel tones of autumn foliage.

On the front lawn of the Inn, a patch of heirloom or old-growth trees take up residence.  Planted more than 100 years ago, a Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech and one of America’s tallest largest Frasier Firs offer an amazing spectacle each fall and are a perfect compliment to the main Lodge, which was built in 1932 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Miles of well-marked hiking trails lined with a variety of Maple, Black Birch, Sourwood, Hickory, Yellow Poplar and Dogwood trees spread out from the Inn, leading hikers into the midst of Mother Nature’s rainbow of colors.  Hikers can climb to the summits of either Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet or Chimney Top Mountain at 4,618 feet to view the miles of fall colors in the valley between Cashiers, Highlands and Whiteside Mountain.

Southwestern North Carolina is also well-known for its mountain falls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its fall foliage.  There are a number of waterfalls in the Cashiers, Franklin and Highlands areas that are even more stunning when they are surrounded by October’s peak leaf colors.  Many of the falls can be easily reached by following scenic U.S. Highway 64 east or west of High Hampton Inn.

The Horsepasture River is the source for four waterfalls in the area:  Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls.  Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.  U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.