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Judges Winners:
  • BEST OF SHOW:  BASCOM: “Gilded Frame” (#1 below)
  • Second Place: Crown Heritage Flower Design Studio: "A Still Life, Animated" (#5 below)
  • Third Place: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation: “God’s Gilded Age” (#21 below)
Honorable  Mentions:
  • Highlands Rotary (#32 below)
  • Mtntop Rotary (#29 below)
  • Laurel Garden Club (#13 below)
People’s choice winners:   
  • BEST OF SHOW: Highlands Historical Society: "Tennis" (#37 below)
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    Second Place: Lulu-Bleu: “Lulu Belle Roars in the ‘20s” (#10 below)
  • Third Place: BASCOM: “Gilded Frame” (#1 below)

2022 Dahlia Festival Entries



On Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, Highlands became the backdrop for beautiful vignettes of dahlias and native plants. A trail map directed people to the displays. During the weekend, members of the public were encouraged to vote for the display they liked best. The voting closed at 5:30 pm on Saturday. This year there were 27 displays, as described below. Photos by Greg Clarkson.

2021 HHS Dahlia Festival Awards

Best of the Show: Dahlia Diorama - Drew English
Second Place: "Natives find their Bear-ings" - Highlands Biological Foundation
Third Place: "Mountains of Mexico" - International Friendship Center
Honorable Mention:  "A Place for Artists" - Lisa Dailey - Cultivation

People's Choice Winners

Best of Show: "Wedding Bells Are Ringing" by Mountain Garden Club
2nd Place: Natives Find Their Bear-ings by Highlands Biological Foundation
3rd Place: "Even Busy Bees Take Time To Smell The Dahlias"  By Carol Miller and Rebecca Wiler
Honorable Mention: "A Place for the Artist" by Lisa Dailey/Cultivation

Dahlia Show - Best of Show: Mary Dotson - pompom

2021 Dahlia Festival Entries



On Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th, Highlands became the backdrop for beautiful vignettes of dahlias and native plants. A map directed people to the displays. During the weekend members of the public were encouraged to vote for the display they liked best. The voting closed at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. This year there were 33 displays, as described below and photographed by Marty Boone, Boonedocks Photo Graphics.

2020 HHS Dahlia Festival Awards:

Best of the Show: Dahlia at the Bascom
First Place: Steel Dahlias
Second Place: Kirkin' and Bearfootin'
Third Place: Nature's Beauty Cannot Be Caged
Honorable Mentions: X Marked the Spot, The Bees Knees, Still Live With Flowers

Thanks to Kim Daugherty, Dahlia Festival Chair, her team, and all who made this year so splendid!