In Canby, Oregon, a small farm called Swan Island has declared itself the dahlia flower capital of America. Once you visit, and walk through the explosions of color, it's hard to disagree. The only creatures happier there than flower-loving photographers are the bees. They ecstatically buzz like electrons around every flower. Each August the farm holds a festival with music and vendors. A definite Oregon must-see.
Swan Island Dahlia Instameet, August 2016
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival 2017
Tollen Farm, Oregon, April 2017
On the last day of April 2017 Amanda and I visited Tollen Farm on the outskirts of Wilsonville, Oregon. The farm features lots of fun animals including miniature donkeys, horses, even a llama with a most amazing face. The farm supports itself with a little shop with indoor and outdoor gifts and a bunch of cowboy boots...
Swan Island Dalhias, Oregon
In October 2017, at the close of the dahlia blooming season, we returned to the fabulous Swan Island Dahlia farm. It was lovely to see the fields at the time when the flowers are beginning to wilt, a new perspective from my many previous visits to the farm...
Swan Island Dahlia Festival, Oregon
Each year the Swan Island Dahlia Farm has a dahlia festival. And it's impressive for any flower lover, with a huge range of dahlia varieties. I've tried to capture a sense of that range with the following images.