Summer Celebration Fun!

Our ‘Summer Celebration” was a big success! The weather was HOT but cooled off Monday afternoon quite quickly, in fact, we wrapped up an hour early because it was threatening rain. We didn’t have as many people as usual for the smoked brisket on a bun dinner but we had more in the classes than we usually have. We had enough tents that we could move our tables and chairs around to stay in the shade and we had lots of water bottles on ice for everyone. I think a big hit (as usual) was Marilyn’s arrangement class where everyone made a basket arrangement and we were able to take them home. We learned lots about growing and judging both gladiolus and dahlias and everyone had lots of practice in going out into the gardens and cutting dahlias and identifying the forms and then learning how to judge them. Lunch on Monday was provided (left-overs from Sunday) and the Trial Gardens were stunning as well as the rest of the grounds and gardens. Many thanks to Lorne and Marilyn MacArthur for hosting this event.

Summer Celebration August 2 & 3, 2020

Come out and see the beautiful blooms in our Trial Garden and join us for smoked brisket supper on Sunday at 5 pm. Make a floral arrangement to take home under the expert direction of Marilyn McArthur (1 pm on Sunday), learn how to grow glads with Ken Jensen and Reg Powys-Lybbe (10 am Sunday) and then on Monday learn how to identify dahlias with Debbie Hatt and then a mini-show to practice what you learned! Everything is free! Bring your own chairs, utensils, cups, notepads, pens and bag lunch for Sunday lunch and Monday lunch.

On-Line Tuber Sale 2020: Sold Out

This was our first year trying on-line sales and thanks to the tremendous effort of our amazing member, Deb, they went really well, with only a couple of technical hiccups related to the webpage.

Readers should know that members get first dibs on the tubers available each year, so for the best selection, as well as for great opportunities to learn about dahlias and glads, join the ADGS, it’s only $20/year!

Dahlia Tuber sale

Our club members have selected the tubers they want so here is a list of the tubers we have left. $5 per tuber OR, if you decide to become a member (which is $20 per year) it is $4 per tuber.

Alberta Pride 2012 B FD Flame 2 left
Bitsa 6107 MB DR 3 left
Bodacious 0106 AA ID R 2 left
Cameo Peach 2010 B FD LB 2 left
Echo Celia 2015 BB FD LB 1 left
Edna C 2002 B FD Y 4 left
Ferncliff Illusion 2110 B ID LB 4 left
Gloriossa 2014 B FD Red 4 left
Hamari Accord 2203 BB SC Y 2 left
Hart’s Blood Red 1007 A FD DR 2 left
Helen Richmond 2108 B ID Lav 1 left
Kenora Macob 2507 B LC DR 3 left
Lyn’s Marilyn 60070 BA DR 5 left
Mingus Alex 2107 B ID DR 2 left
My Love 3201 BB FD W 6 left
Papageno 0110 AA ID LB 2 left
Parkland Tribute 3005 BB FD DP 2 left
Ruby Foss 2006 B FD R 5 left
Stanza 3011 BB WL BR 10 left
Tahiti Sunrise 3213 BB SC DB 2 left
Verda 1201 A SC WH 3 left
Vuurvogel 2212 B SC Flame 1 left
Wanda’s Capella 0102 AA ID Y 6 left
Wanda’s Aurora 0110 AA FD LB 5 left
0106 AA ID Red 2 left
  • Also a few that I don’t have pics of: Merlin (2), Fubuk Sakarra (2), Electric Assorted (4), Daniel’s Favorite (1), Chi Cher Lara (4), Echo Lutz (4)

Dahlia Tuber prep day and Tuber & Glad Sale

We will not be getting together for the tuber prep day but a few of us with get together a list of the tubers for sale (glad corms too) and will post it on the website, facebook and email. We can take e-transfers for payment or you can mail a cheque. We will be setting up pick-up points.  Our venue for selling the tubers is closed as well so we will have to do all sales online.  If you already have a list of tubers you want please let us know and we will get them ready for you. Otherwise watch this site (or facebook) for a list of available tubers.

2020 Calendar of Events

Tuber Sale Preparation Day CANCELLED FOR 2020 due to COVID 19

TUBER SALE Red Deer CANCELLED FOR 2020 due to COVID 19 – on-line sales see blog posts for instructions and available tubers

Tuber Sale – Lacombe CANCELLED FOR 2020 due to COVID-19 – on-line sales, see blog posts for instructions and available tubers

WORK-LEARNING BEES – To be updated in light of COVID-19 : Every Wednesday starting June 3rd through to September 9th, 2020 At Piper Creek Trial Garden starting at 10:00 am – going until work is done Help out at Canada’s only Dahlia Trial Garden! See new varieties being assessed, learn all about Pruning, Hoeing Disbudding, Color Coding & Scoring from the experts.

GARDEN PARTY WEEKEND! Sunday August 2nd-Monday August 3rd at the Piper Creek Trial Garden

Sunday August 2 10 am- noon Workshops!
1:00 pm-4 pm Workshops! 4:00 PM Garden Party Dinner for everyone, invite your friends, family, fellow flower lovers

Monday August 3 10 am-noon Workshops 1pm-2 pm Clean-up and Farewell

ANNUAL DAHLIA AND GLAD SHOW ! Friday, August 21st- Saturday August 22nd, 2020 Pidherney Curling Center – Upstairs 4725 43 St, Red Deer, AB

Friday August 21: 7 am- 1 pm Set up and exhibitors enter blooms
1:30 pm-5 pm Judging and Open to Public
6:00 PM Dinner at the Rusty Pelican, Red Deer all welcome

Saturday August 22: 8 am – 3 pm Open to Public 3 pm-4:30 pm Clean-up and Post-Show Meeting

Piper Creek Trial Garden 2019 Report

One of the original ideas of the Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society was to have a ADS trial garden in Central Alberta. The reasons for us to have a trial garden were:

  1. Exposing different dahlias to our Climate.
  2. Increasing access for Dahlia Trial entrees.
  3. Create more Dahlia interest in Canada.
  4. Interest more Canadians growers in Hybridizing with easier access to a Trial Garden.

We have succeeded in our goals! Growers from many different states and provinces have trusted us with their seedlings. Many more Canadian gardeners understand the value of growing good quality Dahlias. More Canadians are hybridizing. People are interested in the procedure of saving seeds. Our Canadian hybridizers have much easier access to a trial garden now that we are here. This year we had 27 entrees from 12 originators, 6 from the U.S and 6 from Canada. The most we have had from Canada. Of the 27 entrees only 2 did not pass the 85 passing mark. The table below reports the top performers.

Name Description Hybridizer Score
CHI NESE RD MB R RD 23 McKittrick 92.8
20th AVE INGRID MB L LV11 Gibson 90.4
ECHO BOOTS MS R McArthur 89.2

We are becoming more aware of virus and its symptoms, stepping up our sanitation procedures. We did carefully remove specimens early in the growing season that were displaying virus symptoms. Educating other gardeners in virus symptoms and procedures has become a mission for our members. People do bring us pictures and have asked our advice on dealing with virus in their flowers.

Our Summer Festival is held on the first weekend in August. It is two full days of judging courses, staging and judging a mini show outside under canopies. The general public is invited to attend and people enjoy the flowers, appreciate the hard work and the knowledge of the members. Everyone is treated to a roast beef supper and plenty of social time. We were all treated to the best weekend of the summer weather wise.

Our Dahlias are transplanted from the greenhouse outside after June 1st. The summer was cooler than normal with a lot of cloudy days and cold nights. Growth was slow and maturity was late with all crops as well as the Dahlias. Fortunately we had a very long growing season, the killing frost held off until October 3rd. Usually he have frost around the first week of September. Some of the Dahlia entrees that we received late just barely bloomed but we did get to complete our scoring.

The quality and variety of entrees always amaze us, so many beautiful and perfect blooms. It would be hard to pick a favorite. Just when you think you have seen the perfect Ball or Water Lily, another one comes along, and they are all so different. It was a good year.