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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.

Visitors from the American Dahlia Society

Visitors from the American Dahlia Society (ADS)

On Monday, August 18th, 2014, Ron and Barb Miner from the Dahlia Society of Ohio and Wayne and Eleanor Shantz from the Lane County Dahlia Society (Oregon) are planning to visit us.  You are invited to  meet them at the Piper Creek Trial Garden (McArthur Place) at 10:00 a.m. and join them for lunch at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2070-50 Ave, Red Deer at 12:30 pm.  (Cost of lunch on your own).
If you are attending lunch, please reply to Ken Jensen at or 403-782-5095 by Friday Aug 15.  If their schedule allows, they may also tour members’ gardens.

Ron is the ADS Trial Garden Co-Chairman, Past President, Committee Chair for Policy, Web-site co-ordinator and Trustee.  Ron and Barb are from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Wayne and Eleanor are Vice-Presidents for the Pacific Northwest Conference and active in judging seminars and training.   They are from Eugene, Oregon.  Wayne has an Alberta connection as he spent his early years in this area.

Let’s welcome them as they tour Alberta and thank them for stopping to see us!

January 25th General Meeting

Dear ADGS Member,

The Alberta Dahlia and Glad Society will be Meeting on Saturday, January 25, 2014, in the County Room North at the Lacombe Memorial Centre (5214 – 50 Avenue, Lacombe, AB).

The plan is to begin with a potluck lunch from 11:30 to 12:30.  We won’t have the use of a kitchen so it is recommend that ADGS members from Lacombe bring hot food and the rest of the members bring appetizers, salads and desert.

There will be a General Meeting from 12:30 to 2:30.  Please see the attached Agenda for further details.  The Minutes from the last General Meeting held on October 10, 2013, are also attached.  Please read these minutes prior to the meeting, as a motion will be brought forward to have these accepted.

After the meeting, Wayne Roberts will provide a 15 to 20 minute hands-on demonstration of how to take dahlia cuttings and how to start them.

Hopefully you are able to attend.

ADGS Contact Info. and Membership Fees 


Thursday June 14

Wayne and Larry took a ride up the road to the Muttart Conservatory and visited with Yolanda, Eric and James. Yolanda, the lady in charge of planting the tubers and raising the dahlias to show stage was concerned the plants were getting to big and going to be ahead of schedule with the flowers.

Wayne took two books from the American Dahlia Society with charts on the time it takes from first appearance of the bud to full  flower, Yolanda was ecstatic, that was the information she was missing! Wayne then showed her how to pinch and prune the buds to force the flowers at different stages so she could time the blooms to be continuous for the August 4th to September 16th show. They also discussed changing the fertilizer to enhance the flowers.  Some of this will be covered in the bud pruning session at Lorne McArthur’s on July 31 so if you have questions make sure to attend … it’s on the calendar.

We took pictures in the greenhouse and you can see the plants are in excellent condition. We will visit again on the second week of July to check the progress on the plants.

Next we visited with Eric, the young man in charge of the plants once they are moved to the Exhibition Building. He showed us a layout floor plan and explained that they moved the bricks to created the raised flower beds on the plan. Eric then gave us tips on taking pictures and made arrangements for us to get in before the show started to take our pictures.

James checked in back and forth to make sure everyone had what they needed. Everyone was enthusiastic and excited… it should be a great show!! And all of this because of an idea and a lot of hard work and trips back and forth  by Margo Kusiek … what a worker!!!! Thanks Margo it will be great to watch this all come together!!

There is a bus trip scheduled to leave Red Deer on August 13 to visit the Muttart display and view two gardens, please register with Lorne McArthur  (403-346-4902)or Wayne Roberts (403-347-7482)  so we know how many are going. Cost for the bus is $30.oo for members and $40.00 for non members. Details are on the calendar.

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