Meeting Dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay, My Visit to Ferncliff Gardens

October 24, 2015 — 5 Comments

I will be honest. I had never heard of Sir Alfred Ramsay before. When I saw dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay in the Ferncliff Gardens catalog, I was immediately intrigued and couldn’t wait until we met face to face. Most likely, it would be the most noble dahlia I had ever seen, both in name and in presence. Who is or was Sir Alfred Ramsay? I have no idea. The only one I can figure out is Sir Alfred Ramsey, the English footballer and manager, but his last name is spelled differently. I’ll leave it to a bit of a mystery because now I want to focus on the beautiful dahlias of Ferncliff Gardens.

Located in Mission British Columbia, Canada, Ferncliff Gardens is about a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver. I was fortunate to visit the gardens on a lovely afternoon in mid September. We’ll see Sir Alfred Ramsay soon but let’s take a look around. By the way, I have done my best with the names of the dahlias. If you feel I have mislabelled one, please leave a comment below.


Love the colours here. This is a large dahlia, AC F&P (yes, that’s the name).

dahlia large AC F&P canada Ferncliff



Ahhh… I tried to focus on the pink disc floret bud of Ferncliff Bliss.

dahlia ferncliff bliss yellow pink canada



Dahlia AC Paint, brilliant against a blue sky!

dahlia large ac paint gardens



Small variety of dahlia, Chilson’s Pride is in the front.

dahlia chilsons pride ferncliff



I love the colours of the Dogs Breakfast dahlia, although I’m not sure if I like the name. Let me think about it…

dahlia Dogs breakfast mission Ferncliff Gardens



Large dahlia, Ferncliff Illusion, seems to be hiding here. Perhaps she’s a little shy 🙂

dahlia large Ferncliff Illusion purple



The bright, orange cactus dahlia, Clearview Avia under sunny skies.

dahlia Clearview Avia Ferncliff Gardens mission



With one petal “waving” in the wind, this is novelty dahlia, Ferncliff Halo.

dahlia ferncliff halo pink novelty



A garden planted in the beautiful colours of the dahlia Ferncliff Vintage and others.

dahlia ferncliff vintage mission Ferncliff Gardens



A mixed dahlia garden. Glad I caught this before the clouds rolled in.

dahlias blue sky Ferncliff Gardens canada



Large dahlia, Ferncliff Inspiration.

dahlia large Ferncliff Inspiration purple



I’ll interupt this dahlia post to bring you one of the brilliant sunflowers from the garden near the entrance. Do you see something in the blue sky to the left? Can’t quite figure it out!

sunflower yellow mission Ferncliff Gardens



This is giant dahlia, the bright and aptly named, Bodascious.

dahlia bodascious giant orange gardens



Medium dahlia Gloriosa and a brilliant sky.

dahlia medium gloriosa yellow



A novelty dahlia, this is David Lam, presumably named after the 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

dahlia novelty david lam fercliff



A little macro on Ferncliff Inspiration. Love the details!

dahlia large Ferncliff Inspiration macro



Another view of Dog’s Breakfast. I still don’t like the name for this stunning dahlia!

dahlia small Dogs breakfast Ferncliff pink



Another pretty dahlia, this is Ruskin Myra.

dahlia ruskin myra mission Ferncliff Gardens



Clearview Orca as the clouds rolled in.

dahlia Clearview Orca Gardens canada



Another look at the patch dominated by Clearview Avia.

dahlia Clearview Avia mission Ferncliff Gardens bc



Ball or globe dahlia, Skipley Louis Jean. No, I didn’t make that up.

dahlia skipley louis jean Ferncliff Gardens



Brilliant shape and colour! This is giant dahlia, Hart’s Dr. McMurray.

dahlia giant harts dr mcmurray dahlia orange



We’ve come to that moment! Please let me introduce dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay. Isn’t it grand? Well, it’s at least a giant variety of dahlias.

dahlia giant sir alfred ramsay Ferncliff



Here’s me with Sir Alfred who wasn’t much smaller than my head!

dahlia sir alfred ramsay ferncliff Randall st Germain


I hope you enjoyed this post as I really enjoyed visiting Ferncliff Gardens, especially on a brilliant day. It’s sure worth a visit if you’re in the area of Vancouver or the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

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Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


5 responses to Meeting Dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay, My Visit to Ferncliff Gardens

  1. LOL Omgosh you’re hilarious, that’s a pretty big flower and love the Dog’s Breakfast. lol
    Such an odd name but, it makes me giggle so I like it. lol =0)

    Now, I must go look exactly where this garden is in Mission because I never knew Mission had this garden. lol

    As always my friend, always informative and inspirational I very much enjoy your photo’s and your humor. Thank You!

    • You’re welcome, Marie. The garden is on the Hatzic side of Mission with views of Westminster Abbey. I’m sure you are very close. Only about 15min from the bridge. You really need to visit but I think they are closed for the season for viewing. You may have to enjoy my photos in the meantime. I took enough to last a year. Thanks for visiting my page 🙂

      • LOL Yep, that’s a lot of photos. lol
        awww Oh well, at least now I’m aware of their existence and will find my way there when I can, thank you Randall. =0)

  2. Wow, this is impressive. I never thought there were so many types of Dahlias, all of them by the way, STUNNING! great job in identifying all of them, I can say I have learned a lot about this beautiful flower and I love it.

    Thank you for sharing all of these incredible visits and pictures with us. I will make sure to visit these beautiful gardens sometime next year.

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