We would say Dahlia Addict "Amanda"- is not a respectable informational site for the Dahlia Farms in America at large. She is trying to keep her position of charging the farms for money in order for them to be placed as one of the best Dahlia Farms. She is forcing them to keep slipping her more money for them to keep their farm's status. That's what the stars next to the farm's name is, it's how many times they have paid her.
She is using the Dahlia Farms to give herself a career. How Clever!
The minute the owner of Elkhorn Gardens asked about the fees for her website- Amanda started to put a negative shadow on us. I have never seen anyone in the Dahlia societies this bad in 20 years.
For Dave's Garden & Amanda's information- Elkhorn Gardens never changed their name to "The Garden Song'. That is a Health Store selling vitamins and health products. We only use the shopping cart this time of years to allow people to buy their tubers on a credit card on line instead of having to mail in a check. It is set up that way because we have customers who have shopped with us for 20 years and they use it. The reason being, shopping carts on line cost a lot of money to operate. Dahlia Farms [ most of them are small companies run by families not making a fortune]. So we use that one to conserve money.
In the summer, The Garden Song use to have their concert series on the 10 acre garden open for 14 concerts on Sunday afternoons, 1 to 5 pm. Because the owner's of Elkhorn Garden play music and share their private outdoor stage with musicians, people bring lunch and roam the incredible gardens- botanically created.
People were bringing their handicapped parents in wheel chairs to the concerts, churches would bring their perish to our concerts. People were coming multiple times during the summer. Garden clubs have used our garden for annual meetings. It has always been an incredibly happy situation.
This is not where Elkhorn Garden grows their crop. The name Garden Song was legally set up for these "House Concerts" to be able to sell tickets for the musicians to make money for their concert and a seriously small snack bar [drinks, chips, candy, biscotti, etc.] for those who came and were hungry. The concerts were only set up to help songwriters be promoted. These events are swarmed with beautiful people who continue to patronize our generosity and be a part of our native certified butterfly habitat.
As of now,
we are being contacted every day from people who want to come back. Garden Song was created for those concerts and herbal products.The owner is a Master Herbalist. Currently, The Garden Song has turned into a Health Store in Pacific Grove, not a farm. The Garden Song is not a Dahlia Farm- it is a retail store. Furthermore, The Garden Song has not had concerts for 3 years now and won't have any this year as well because the gardens are under construction. Sorry to say.
So is Amanda and Dave's Garden really horticulturally correct?
I thought people who love plants were more conservative, more gracious, having more gratitude, respect, and more supportive. Amanda has a different agenda-obviously.
P.S. to all of our following of beautiful people who support us.
We still sell a great Dahlia product, we still treat people professionally, we still have all our customers that have bought from us for 20 years, and we will still promote the
American Dahlia Farm Association and we will still be a part of the creation of the Free Dahlia Locator List.
Who in their right mind would want to send negative energy to any garden or flower farm that allows people to share the beauty of it. The work and love involved in such a place is vast.