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!
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.
Tuber Sale Preparation DayCANCELLED FOR 2020 due to COVID 19
TUBER SALERed 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
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:
Exposing different dahlias to our Climate.
Increasing access for Dahlia Trial entrees.
Create more Dahlia interest in Canada.
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.
CHI NESE RD
MB R RD 23
HOLLYHILL YELLOW GIRL
BB SC Y
20th AVE INGRID
MB L LV11
O DB DR/W
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.
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.