My name is Eve Hanlin, and I’m a dahlia farmer, horticulturist, and plant enthusiast. I have a small dahlia farm in Clark County, Washington State. I’m also a recent graduate of WSU Vancouver (Entrepreneurship + Business). In my own garden, I grow as many edible and useful plants as I possibly can.
I have many years of hands on, unique, and highly applicable educational experiences. I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to learn through internships, jobs, hands-on experimentation, volunteering, reading, studying and practicing what I am so passionate about.
I officially turned my passions into this business in January 2017. Friends encouraged me to take the leap and start supporting myself while doing what I love.
My Plant Passion
My passion for the world of plants started when I was 13. I checked out plant books from the library and experimented. I identified wild edible plants around my house, grew flowers from seed, and cultivated a small vegetable garden through much trial and error.
In 2011, I took the WSU Clark County Master Gardener training program. It was an incredibly inspiring experience. The program started me on a gardening adventure. Through my years of volunteering, I have worked on many projects. I have mentored and taught at community gardens and followed local experts through fields of greenhouses, propagating ornamentals. I teach gardening classes and attend gardening classes. I learn with members of the public while I help them to find answers to their gardening questions.
It is a strong personal belief of mine that we are only alive to do helpful things with the short time we are given. Using the plant-based knowledge I am so lucky to have, I want to help people improve their lives.
The Dahlia Obsession
The whole dahlia farm thing just kind of happened… In 2010, I purchased some tubers from a local source because I thought dahlias were absolutely stunning. In all honesty, my first year of growing dahlias wasn’t quite so successful. I got only a few blooms, and killed a few plants. The next year, I did better. Fast forward ten+ years, and the dahlia patch had grown to an obsession so large that I must sell them to keep up the passion! You can find dahlias in my online store starting March 1st every year. Tubers are also sold at local venues every spring. My cut flowers are sold in a dahlia stand at the end of my driveway, or whenever I receive special orders. I am excited to be partnering with my friend Shannon, who shares a dahlia passion, to grow and offer even more dahlia tubers!
Thank you for exploring my website and learning about my small, passion-based business. Please reach out to me, I would love to hear from you!