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Bishop Dahlias: Aztec Drama Meets English Garden

We have a passion for Dahlias. So much so, that they might be more easily associated with summer in England than with their real origins. The truth is that Dahlias are among the first ornamental plants to be 'improved' or hybridized, and just how long ago this started would be hard to pin down. It all began with the Aztecs. Spanish conquistadors reported that they not only cultivated edible plants, but loved their flower gardens. Everybody, from the riches to the poorest, would have a space dedicated to flower-growing, and the Dahlia had a very special place here. By this time, the Aztecs had already begun to breed Dahlias selectively, creating varieties that were distinctively different to their wild ancestors....

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