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
MY FOREVER WL OR/BR Gitts 90.6
HOLLYHILL YELLOW GIRL BB SC Y Kennedy 90.6
20th AVE INGRID MB L LV11 Gibson 90.4
ECHO BOOTS MS R McArthur 89.2
PGK HILARY O DB DR/W Kruger 89

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.

Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society Garden Party – AUGUST 4-5, 2019

Following on the great fun (and learning!) had by all at our Garden Party last year, the ADGS is hosting another Garden Party Weekend. This year it is on Sunday and Monday August 4-5. It is a packed schedule full of excellent workshops on dahlia and gladiolus judging and growing for show quality blooms! The schedule is as follows:

SUNDAY AUG 4, 2019
9:00 AM: Design course and basket arrangements presented by Marilyn McArthur. Baskets and flowers supplied or bring your own.
11:30 am: Quick course on Dahlia forms by Ken Jensen.
Noon: Bring a bag lunch
1:00 pm: Judging school for gladiolus. Presented by Reg and Marlene Powys-Lybbe.
2:30: Prepare for a mini-show! Everyone will learn how to stage and present their dahlias and glads in a judged show and everyone will have a chance to practice judging. There will be some blooms available and/or bring your own. There will be a ‘People’s Choice” in the dahlia, gladiolus, and basket categories.
4:00 pm: Open house for socializing and viewing the arrangements and voting.
5:00 ish: Beef on a bun supper. Members please bring a salad or dessert and lawn chairs.

MONDAY AUG 5, 2019
9:30 am till noon: Judging school for dahlias presented by Ken Jensen. Topics covered will include colour coding.
Noon: lunch with leftovers.
1:00 till 3:00: Judging school for dahlias presented by Ken Jensen Part 2. Topics include scoring at the Trial Garden.
Upcoming event: Annual Show Aug 23 and 24th, 2019 at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer.
For info contact: Ken Jensen 403-782-5095 or Marilyn and Lorne McArthur 403-346-4902.

Hope to see you there!

2019 Calendar of Events

Tuber Preparation Work Bee:

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Where: Lorne & Marilyn McArthur’s place/Piper Creek Trial Garden which is south of Red Deer on 40 Avenue across from the Red Deer Waste Management Facilities. There is a tree farm surrounding the Piper Creek Trial Garden and a sign which says Echoglen.
Time: 10 am to approximately 2 pm. Please bring something for a cold potluck lunch.
Details: Volunteers are needed to help bag and label dahlia tubers for the upcoming fundraising sales! Also, opportunity for members to purchase tubers! Member price $4/tuber.

Tuber Sale! Red Deer

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Where: Kerry Wood Nature Centre,
6300 45 Ave, Red Deer, AB
Time: 10 am to approximately 2 pm.
Details: Our annual sale to raise funds to put on our annual show.
Volunteers needed! ADGS members please help set up at 9 am.
Tuber prices: Members $4/tuber, Non-members $5/tuber

Tuber Sale! Lacombe

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Where: Lacombe Memorial Centre,
5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB
Time: Set up 8 am; Open to the public 9 am to 1 pm.
Details: Our annual sale to raise funds to put on our annual show.
Volunteers needed! ADGS members please help set up at 8 am.
Tuber prices: Members $4/tuber, Non-members $5/tuber

Piper Creek Trial Garden Workbees

DateWednesdays – June 5 through to August 21, 2019
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden, south of Red Deer on 40th Ave. across from the Red Deer Waste Management Facilities
Time: 10 am – 1 pm ish or until the work is done!
Activities: Help out at Canada’s only dahlia Trial Garden! See new varieties being assessed, learn all about Pruning, Hoeing, Disbudding, Colour Coding, and Scoring from the experts.
Bring your lunch and visit and learn.

Summer Garden Party Weekend!!

Date: Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5, 2019
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden, south of Red Deer on 40th Ave. across from the Red Deer Waste Management Facilities
Time: To be announced
Activities: A weekend of workshops and fun! More details to come!

ADGS Annual Dahlia and Gladiolus Show 2019

Date: August 23 and 24, 2019
Times: Friday – set up and entries 6 am-1 pm; judging begins at 1:30; open to public 1 -5 pm; Saturday – open to public 8 am-3 pm;
3 pm – ADGS post-show meeting, followed by clean up
Where: Pidherney Curling Centre, Upper Level
4725 – 43 Street, Red Deer, AB
Contact: Lorne McArthur 403-346-4902;
marilyn.mcarthur@hotmail.com

The 2019_Show Booklet is now available.
(It is best viewed in Acrobat Reader by going to View> Page Display> Two Page View)

2018 Calendar of Events

Tuber Sale Prep:

Date: Saturday, March 24 2018
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: August long weekend
Activities: Will include judging workshops during the days, and evening dinner on Sunday

Piper Creek Trial Garden Workbees

DateWednesdays – June 13 through to August 22, 2018
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10am – (until the work is done)
Activities: Help out at Canada’s only dahlia Trial Garden! See new varieties being assessed, learn all about Pruning, Hoeing, Disbudding, Colour Coding, and Scoring from the experts. Participants will also be given the opportunity to evaluate entries should they wish.

Summer Celebration!!

Date: August 5 and 6, 2018
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: August long weekend
Activities: Will include judging workshops during the days, and evening dinner on Sunday

ADGS Annual Dahlia and Gladiolus Show 2018

Date: August 25 and 26, 2018
Where: Pidherney Curling Centre
4725 – 43 Street, Red Deer, AB
Contact: Larry Quintilio 403-346-8401; quintiliolarry@gmail.com

2018 Show Booklet