Hi, I’m James Alderton owner of Dahlias by the Dee @ Eurodahlia in Burton.
After 40 Years of working with Dahlias Sion has decided to hang up his secateurs and pick up his microscope as he begins a career in Bio-Science. As a friend of the family I have been amongst the Dahlias as it were since I was a boy, picking up knowledge from Sion and his father Ivor who was the founder of the business back in the eighties when it was called “Dahlias of Burton”. I have always loved the beautiful blooms of the Dahlia and respect the huge amount of time and effort that has gone into nurturing them over the years. Some of the 400 Dahlias in the collection are quite rare and some are over 30 years old.
After hearing the Dahlias were in jeopardy I jumped at the chance of saving them and the opportunity to carry on were Sion left off. Fortunately I am surrounded by good advice from Sion and the many loyal customers here to make this a success. I also have my loyal companion Pip, who is always there by my side for reassurance no matter what the weather holds.
Because of the uncertaintly of Brexit and previous delivery problems we will no longer be shipping outside the UK making it necessary for us to start with a fresh new name and fresh new ideas for the future.
We are located in the picturesque surroundings of an RSPB nature reserve in the idilic village of Burton, surrounded by rolling hills and stunning marshy views of the Dee estuary and back dropped by the mountain peaks of North Wales, Dahlias by the Dee is a beautiful place to work and visit. We are open to the public from ……… …….. and our notorious Dahlia field will be open for public viewing during the summer months.
Dahlias can be purchased online or if you prefer to visit you can purchase on arrival. Our shop is situated half way down the nursery on the right hand side. Follow the signs for “Dahlias by the Dee”.
Because we only grow Dahlias it has enabled us to concentrate on delivering a good quality service and offer you more. As always, we sell baby Dahlia plants from April to June and now we also sell tubers which will usually be on sale from October to Early March. In the near future we also plan to sell Dahlia seeds and cut flowers. This website will be updated to include all products on offer.
Over the coming years we plan to grow our Dahlias in a more environmenatlly friendly way, swapping pesticides for ladybirds with a view to breeding them to sell online. We plan to recycle the huge amount of plastics on the nursery, gradually replacing everything with an eco friendly alternative. This nursery is a hotspot for wildlife of all varieties and we want to work in harmony with our surroundings. Our plants are Passported and are fully traceable and soon to be organic.
For nature lovers and cyclists there are some great attractions here making for a great family day out
Just a few hundred yards up the road in one direction we have Burton Manor an 1805 grade 2 listed building where you can read about it’s long interesting history then sample the well catered cafe or take in the floral display at the walled gardens were you can see some of our Dahlias. They also have a large collection of Cacti on display in the orangery and entry is free. Just a few hundred yards in the opposite direction is Ness Botanical garrdens, a sixty four acre site of stunning landscaped gardens containing many rare species of plant, flower, shrub and tree from all over the world. Started in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a wealthy cotton trader, Ness gardens is now owned by the University of Liverpool. Ness Gardens boasts a large cafe and shop and holds various talks and events throughjout the year. There is an entrance fee but it is well worth a visit. The greenhouse where we grow our mother plants came from there and used to be Ness garden’s botanical banana house.
Burton wood. This is Pip’s favcourite walk with its large expanse of National Trust managed woodland and elevated views of the Dee estury, home of the mysterious Quakers graves and an abundance of chesnut trees and rhododendrons.
At the bottom of Station Road is the marsh front and a haven for birds and bird watchers alike with convenient off road parking and benches.
For cyclists there is the very popular Dee Marshes route
The route is a purpose made widened tarmac path that runs traffic-free from “The Harp” pub in Little Neston all the way to Flinthsire taking in the stunning views of the Marshlands and with Net’s walkers and cyclists cafe en-route with it’s selection of light bites, delicious cakes and beverages you are sure never to go hungry or thirsty on your journey.
Please revisit us soon as we are currently updating and will be adding new products to the website.