Barton “Bart” Buffington was introduced to dahlias when his wife’s cleaning lady brought them some extra tubers and recommended they join RIDS. That was in 1983. Today, Bart grows around 200 dahlias of roughly 80 varieties each year. He has been an active RIDS and ADS member since 1983, entering blooms in multiple shows, and he is an Accredited Dahlia Judge. He has coordinated the dahlia show at the Washington County Fair since 2004. Included in his list of favorite varieties are: Magic Moment, The Baron, and Robin Hood.