I have grown hundreds of shade-loving flowers in my backyard over the last ten years but I never knew about the dahlia until I saw the Cafe au Lait featured in a Martha Stewart magazine. I was completely mesmerized by the buttercream and blush colors as well as the shape of this informal decorative variety. The magazine article suggested getting Erin Benzakein's book, Discovering Dahlias, and after watching Erin's series on Magnolia Network, I was inspired to grow this beautiful bloom. Dahlia tubers multiply every season and I keep finding and buying new varieties I want to grow!
As a result, I have expanded from a humble seven tuber/plant plot at my organic neighborhood community garden to over 180 different varieties and three hundred seventy five plants for season 2023. I'll be growing my organic, full-sun dahlias on the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) located in the northern part of Colorado Springs across the freeway from the Air Force Academy. As a member of the Board of Trustees for WMMI, I've come to appreciate this unique non-profit. For every bouquet you purchase from Dianne's Dahlias, you can feel good that part of the proceeds goes towards supporting an organization whose mission is to educate the public about the heritage and continuing importance of the mining industry in the American West. I believe it's important to give back to the community where we live.
In addition, I've been a member of The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs since 2013. This is a fantastic chapter of diverse women who get together monthly to support local charities. I've also been a long-time member of Sertoma International and the chapter members help hard of hearing people like myself. I was told that a high fever was the suspected culprit of my high-frequency hearing loss and I've been wearing hearing aids in both ears since I was a small child. I do really well with my powerful digital instruments and I usually don't have too much trouble hearing unless I'm in a big, crowded room. But most people I know have trouble hearing when it's loud and they get envious when they see me 'click' off the noisy world to blissful silence! Another one of my favorite charities is www.hearingloss.org
In my free time, I enjoy growing vegetables at the community garden with my hubby, Dave (married twelve years). Dave and I usually get a hike in every morning with our two miniature schnauzers, Bart and Atticus - Bart is the kind of dog that NEEDS to start his day exploring nature!
I graduated with an AAS in Multimedia Graphic Design from Pikes Peak State College in May of 2023.