Forty years ago, Charles Breed, a Michigan artist and teacher, began raising dahlias at his home. By 1992 he had over 1,700 tubers and had run out of room to grow them. He asked his next door neighbor for permission to plant dahlias on the property next to his own. The neighbor agreed and the vacant property at the corner of Main Street and Orchard Drive became Dahlia Hill. A non-profit organization was established to raise money to purchase the property. Individuals, private groups and local foundations all contributed funds and the Dahlia Hill Society was founded. Visitors from all over the United States have come to visit Dahlia Hill for its impressive variety of dahlias that are planted annually.
At the top of Dahlia Hill is a unique art gallery featuring original designs in cast paper, bronze and other media. The pieces are based on designs by Charles Breed.
Dahlia Hill is open to the public seven days a week from April to November from dawn to dusk.
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