The Russell House & Newagen’s Gardener Wins Big at Common Ground Fair

Newagen Seaside Inn recently announced local gardener Doug Peck as a blue-ribbon winner at MOFGA Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  Doug has been recognized two years in a row for dahlias from the Newagen Seaside Inn gardens.  Doug’s passion for dahlias began when he was gifted six dahlia tubers from Newagen’s former Front Desk Manager, Lin Koch, to care for and winter over.  From that initial exchange, Doug became enthusiastic and enthralled with the flower’s varieties and colors.  Three years ago, he began exchanging tubers with local growers, and in 2018, submitted blooms to the Common Ground Fair, only to be awarded 13 1st place and six 2nd place ribbons.  This September, Doug went to the Fair yet again with Newagen blooms.  This time he walked away with 15 1st place, four 2nd place and two 3rd place ribbons.

A huge congratulations to Doug Peck; we are lucky to have him!


Next season, Doug is looking forward to upping his game at the New England Dahlia Society show in Boston.  Stay tuned!  Check out images from The Russell House Bed & Breakfast dahlia garden below —

Read more about Doug’s Dahlias on the Newagen Seaside Inn Blog.