Whitbourne Garden Society – Dahlias Blooming Gorgeous

Wednesday 20th March 2024 – 7pm – at Whitbourne village hall.

Robin Pearce retired as a nurseryman, having run a wholesale nursery supplying garden centres, garden designers and National Trust Gardens with herbaceous plants for 20 years. He continues to grow a very wide range of hardy plants, with a special interest in dahlia, hosta, hemerocallis, pulmonaria, Galanthus, woodland plants, ornamental grasses, and hardy ferns. Robin is the former chair of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee, RHS Floral judge, exhibitor, and speaker.

Robin’s love of dahlias was kindled on childhood holidays to his great-uncle Bill Selby’s market garden. It was Bill Selby who gave Robin his first dahlias that were suitable for showing, it was not long before he was showing at the RHS Halls Westminster and becoming a national champion. His interest is now on dahlias for garden display and the RHS Dahlia trials at RHS Wisley.

Today Robin combines his lifelong sport of rock climbing and mountaineering with his passion for exploring wildflowers growing in their natural environment.