When Alistair Davey was 13 years old, his great uncle gave him his first dahlia.
No-one could suspect that this was the start of his lifelong passion for these remarkable flowers. Alistair fell in love with them all those years ago and it's a love affair that has stood the test of time.
When Alistair left school it was to pursue an apprenticeship as a nurseryman and he began working for Trevor Griffiths, whose passion was in roses. Alistair learned a lot, especially about propagation. After he became a fully fledged professional nurseryman, he specialised in propagating plants of all descriptions and dahlias in particular. Alistair worked at the Trevor Griffiths Garden at Caroline Bay in Timaru and also at the Timaru Botanical Gardens. He was the Chief Propagator at the Timaru District Council for many years, until he became a full-time dahlia breeder and grower at Davey Gardens.
Alistair and his wife Joan have been growing and showing dahlias for years. Alistair is a National Judge specialising in dahlias and daffodils. He does the growing and Joan helps him with the showing. She'll tell you that Alistair is such a perfectionist that all she's allowed to do is write the tickets and wipe the vases. That's not strictly the truth. Joan runs the business side of things and it is Joan's cheerful voice you'll talk to if you want to place an order, or follow up on a special dahlia.
PLEASE NOTE: Davey Gardens wishes to advise that our 2020 Dahlia stock is now fully committed.
We're very sorry that we can no longer take any orders at this time, however, please feel free to send us an email and we'll be happy to add you to our stand-by list.
“I have purchased from Alistair and Joan at Davey Gardens. The quality of their products is outstanding and I recommend them most highly. Alistair really knows his stuff when it comes to dahlias. His show flowers are simply stunning."
— Jo-Anne Cole
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587 Timaru Temuka Highway
3 R.D. Seadown, Timaru 7973