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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)

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!

Piper Creek Trial Garden

Piper Creek Trial Garden

Echoglen Farm, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Submitted by Lorne McArthur

Trial Gardens are the instrument which all seed growers use to develop new varieties of seeds to feed the world and beautify our yards. Governments and Departments of Agriculture around the world sponsor seedlings for food trial gardens. Seed companies employ the best geneticists to breed new varieties of plants. The American Dahlia Society, celebrating the 100th Anniversary in 2015, employs the same method.

Members of the Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society have accepted the challenge of a trial garden for dahlias. The time spent caring for, growing, judging the seedlings, and record keeping will be the result of hours of volunteer work. Alberta dahlia growers have spent a lot of time and money attending shows and participating in judging courses to become senior certified judges who are members of the much larger American Dahlia Society (ADS). An application for a trial garden has to be submitted to the ADS and once approved the garden will have a 2 year probation period. This is standard for all trial gardens.

Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society members have been growing seedlings for many years. Because of waiting lists, there is a challenge for members to get their seedlings into the US Trial Gardens. Trial Gardens in Canada have come and gone on both the West and East coasts. Trial gardens have never been on the prairies until now. Our extreme climate in Alberta makes dahlia growing a challenge. We are a hardy bunch of enthusiastic growers, with a goal to growing successful gardens. We will accommodate hybridizers from across Canada and the US.

All growers can submit tubers in their 4th growing season. Originators shall submit 3 tubers of a cultivar along with a picture, entry form and applicable fee. Cultivars in Alberta will be started indoors and transplanted after the danger of frost has passed. Directors and volunteers will maintain the trial garden. The gardens will be cared for in the same manner as all dahlia gardens. Judging will be according to the rules in the ADS Classification Handbook of Dahlias.

The City of Red Deer has been very supportive and recognizes the endeavours of the ADGS. The garden is open for public viewing during the growing season.

The Piper Creek Trial Garden is located at Echoglen Farm, Red Deer County, at the home of Lorne and Marilyn McArthur. The land location is Range Road 273 #37514. Our local people know this location as 40th Ave, south of 19 St, near the City Landfill Site. Mailing address: Lorne McArthur, RR#3, Red Deer, AB, Canada, T4N 5E3. Look for the steel pole structure behind the tree farm on the West side of 40th Ave South of the Landfill Site.

Updated Feb 16 2015 by Larry Quintilio

The probation period is complete and thanks to a tremendous amount of work and perseverance by Lorne and Marilyn McArthur, Wayne and Sheila Roberts, Ken Jensen and Eileen Grant the Piper Creek Trial Gardens are the only sanctioned trial gardens in Canada.


What began in 1936 as a flower parade has become the oldest and most celebrated ode to blooms in Europe.
Ever since its inception, Zundert in the Netherlands has hosted an annual flower show Bloemencorso, with an average 50,000 visitors descending on the town to look at the brilliant displays.
Creators use dahlias for their breathtaking displays and build gravity defying sculptures.

Let’s hope the wind doesn’t blow too hard! The flowers have been meticulously placed to create the giraffes, even down to their eyelids and hair that lines their neck

A roaring good show: The intricate blooms have been manipulated to create this gravity-defying impressive model of a tiger and her cubs

Every float is made from dahlias. This twisting house, which is as high as other apartments, weaves its ways through the narrow streets

Just by using dahlias, volunteers created this show-stopping piece, where a startled antelope flees the clutches of a leopard that gives chase

Udderly brilliant – thee competitors left no detail out – they even included the numbers on the tags on the ears, and what appears to be the inner workings of a milk-processing plant within the cow’s body

Something fishy about this: Bloemencorso saw this elaborate fish display, which saw a shoal of fish whirl around each other – even using light-coloured dahlias to shade in the light bouncing off the eyeballs
Each of the competing districts of Zundert – which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh – construct their own entry and compete in the parade, which occurs every first Sunday in September.

According to those behind Bloemencorso, the parade is all the work of dedicated volunteers, who do not profit from the colourful display.
A staggering six to eight million dahlia flowers are used to produce the floats.
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Bloemencorso began in 1936, and since then has spiralled in popularity, as the small population makes huge efforts to outdo one another so they can create sculptures like his huge organ

Even the meerkats get a mention! The curious animals are brought to life, as creators perfected every inch of the models, even down to their nails and shading on their tails

Out of this world! Every float here is made from petals and, despite being made from such a delicate, tiny structure, take on gigantic proportions which people clamour to see

It’s really taken off! Bloemencorso has grown in term of popularity and in the sheer size of the creations, with thousands flocking to the home of Vincent Van Gogh to gasp at the displays

Held on the first Sunday of every September, the quaint town becomes packed with visitors and, on this occasion, a huge rhinoceros made of delicate flowers

Make it snappy! Thousands turn out to Bloemencorso, as hamlets compete with each other to create the most beautiful display – including this sinister-looking fishy creature

Annual General Meeting November 3

Remember to attend the Annual General Meeting and pot luck on November 3 at 10am to 3pm at Eastview Community Center 120 Ellenwood Road
Decisions will be made regarding venues for our next flower show. Come and bring your ideas!

A sharing education session on challenges of growing Dahlias will take place at this meeting.

Please bring any pictures you have of bug damaged leaves, plant diseases or challenges in your Dahlia garden