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:
- Select a planting location that receives full sun. It’s very important to wait until after the last frost to plant your bulb.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Begin watering when the plants are actively growing above ground. Water deeply to encourage strong roots.