Summer Flowers in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

You might know the Willamette Valley for its world famous wines. But did you know that the valley is home to the largest dahlia grower in the United States? Swan Island Dahlias, located in Canby, has been in operation for more than 90 years and ships cut flowers and tubers worldwide. 

To share their amazing fields with the public each blooming season, starting August 1 and running through September, they open their 40 acres seven days a week. During this time the fields are open 8 am – 6 pm and the gift shop is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm and on the weekends 10 am – 4 pm. The farm’s gift shop is filled with a variety of merchandise from local vendors and features everything from cute gifts to various gardening products. 

The summer celebration is highlighted by the annual Dahlia Festival. This year the festival is August 24 – 26 and August 31 – September 2 from 10 am – 6 pm.

“During the festival there are more than 400 floral arrangements to view, culture talks and demonstrations and gorgeous fields to stroll,” said Heather Schloe, manager and third generation grower. “My favorite part of the festival is visiting with all the visitors and sharing our love for dahlias.”

“Each year we introduce about 10 new varieties,” said Heather. “We have three named so far, but they will all be officially named and introduced at our annual Dahlia Festival.”

Last year’s varieties names included My Hero, Solo, Dancing Queen and Make a Wish. Stop in and pick up your own dahlia tubers to grow at home or grab an arrangement to enjoy this season on your table.

While you’re in Canby admiring dahlias, there are lots of other things to see and do. Make a weekend of your visit and tour other farms on the Canby Farm Loop. The loop features 12 stops including TMK Creamery, home of single cow cheese, which pairs perfectly with wines from Whiskey Hill Winery & Postlewait’s Vineyards or St. Josef’s Winery. Take the kids to Flower Farmer and Phoenix & Holly Railroad for a chance to ride model engines and finish with a round of golf at Frontier Golf Course, a nine hole, par 3 course.

Visit the events page for a complete list of upcoming events in the Willamette Valley’s most northern region, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.