The Carolinas Dahlia Society recently made a donation to the Haywood Community College Foundation to help restore the college’s dahlia garden. The Carolinas Dahlia Society was formed in 1986 to promote growing of dahlias in both North and South Carolina. Billy Medford, an early member of the organization, helped promote this society and the garden at HCC. Ken Zulla, Treasurer of Carolinas Dahlia Society, donated the $1,000 check in memory of Medford.   

“We were very sorry to hear that HCC’s dahlia garden was destroyed this year from a tuber disease,” Zulla explains. “It is important to the members of the Carolinas Dahlia Society and the Southern States Dahlia Association that this donation be made to continue the garden because of how much this means to the college history and to the community.”

HCC’s dahlia garden has been a part of the college since the early years of the school’s existence. In 1966, A.L. Freedlander donated some of the money to build the campus in its present location. He asked that the campus had a collection of dahlias. This was the beginning of the college’s dahlia garden.  

Photo by Tina Broom. The Carolinas Dahlia Society recently made a donation to the Haywood Community College Foundation to help restore the college’s dahlia garden. The check was donated in memory of Billy Medford, early Society member and promoter of HCC’s dahlia garden. Pictured standing are Ken Zulla, Treasurer of Carolinas Dahlia Society; Brek Lanning, HCC Director of Campus Development; and Pam Hardin, HCC Director of Institutional Advancement. Seated is Virginia Medford, wife of the late Billy Medford.