Walter “Walt” and Dot Taylor got hooked on dahlias in 1982 after attending a tuber auction. They have been active members of RIDS for 25 years, and ADS for 20 years. Walter is an ADS certified Senior Judge, and until recently served as the North Atlantic Dahlia Conference (NADC) representative to the American Dahlia Society, from which he was presented an award for his “tireless efforts on behalf of promoting dahlias” and for his service to ADS.
Both Walt and Dot have traveled extensively attending NADC meetings. Walt chaired the RIDS Dahlia Show for a number of years and Dot served as the Society’s president from 1996 to 1998. This active couple has made many contributions to their North Kingstown, RI community for which they received the 2006 Community Citizens of the Year award by the Rhode Island State Grange.
Walter and Dot have scaled back a little in recent years – reducing their dahlia patch from 1100 dahlias to a mere 800, but they still grow over 250 varieties at their Never Enough Thyme Farm. Walt has originated several dahlias, including Walt’s Wonder, Gram’s Love, and NBC. In addition to the Washington County and RIDS shows, they have entered shows along the East Coast, including Long Island, Mid-Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Southern Tier Washington D.C. They also entered blooms in the Halifax and Nova Scotia shows.