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Welcome to Dr. Leonard’s Dahlia Doctor Blog!

We hope you are enjoying Dr. Leonard’s new website with tips and tricks to growing beautiful dahlias.

My name is Bonnie and I have been working with Dr. Leonard for 30 years.  Although my main job is fundraising to support Dr. Leonard’s Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota, I find myself side by side with “Doc” out in his gardens for much of the spring and summer.

It may look like we are just enjoying ourselves out in the dirt and sun, but the reality is that through our labors in the garden, we clear our minds, do some problem solving and toss around ideas and strategies that result in helping the lab get closer to Targeting the Cure for cancer. It’s a privilege and honor to spend my days with this amazing man, Dr. Leonard.

Dr. Leonard likes to get the Dahlia bulbs started early here in Minnesota, in mid-March. This is our path through the snow to the underground Dahlia greenhouse!

Of course we can’t just grow Dahlias! Dr. Leonard also has beautiful perennials including Phlox, Bee Balm and Buttercups along with a lot of Hostas and Ferns.

One of Dr. Leonard’s favorite annuals are Tuberous Begonias. Here they are in mid-July, coming along just fantastic!

And I would be remiss not to mention the joy that growing, harvesting  and eating vegetables from Doc’s garden brings to us. We grow 2 kinds of lettuce, peas, kohlrabi, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, cukes, zucchini, beets and onions.  Here are the some of our babies getting bigger everyday.

Finally, here is a photo from one of last year’s Dahlia gardens in OCTOBER! Those beauties were not ready to give up even though it was time to cut them down to get the bulbs dug up for overwintering.

Thank you for reading our blog! Dr. Leonard and I wish you success in your summer gardens. We would love to hear from you and see photos of your gardens as well. And lucky me, one of the perks of working for an avid gardener: lots of bouquets!