Category Archives: Workshops

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

Upcoming Events

Senior Judges are welcome to all courses as their participation enriches the learning opportunities for all participants.

Piper Creek Trial Garden Workbees

Date: Tuesdays – June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18,  July 25, August 1, August 8, and August 15, August 22, 2017
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.

Garden Party!!

Date: July 29, 2017
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 3pm to sunset; Dinner at 5pm
Activities: A party at the Trial Garden to celebrate dahlias with the public and members! Beef on a Bun provided, donation to the Society requested to help cover costs. Members are asked to bring a potluck salad to share. BYOBeverage (non-alcoholic)

Dahlia Judging Course  (Pre-registration recommended)

July 30, 2017
Piper Creek Trial Garden
10am – 3pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Activities: This course is for beginners and will teach participants to identify the various forms of dahlias in preparation for show judging.
Ken Jensen or 403-782-5095

Flower Arranging Workshop (Pre-registration recommended)

Date: August 6, 2017
Piper Creek Trial Garden
10am – 4pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Activities:  Participants will be given information and the opportunity to create a flower arrangement. Bring your own container.
Marilyn McArthur or 403-346-4902

Colour Coding Dahlias

Date: August 22, 2017
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10am – 3pm
Activities: Participants will do the final colour coding of entries in the trial garden for evaluation.
Contact: Ken Jensen or 403-782-5095

Gladiolus Judging Course

Date: August 13, 2017
Piper Creek Trial Garden
10am – 4pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Reg will be presenting information on Gladiolus including how to prepare them so that they will show well at the upcoming ADGS Show.
Reg Powys-Lybbe or 403-652-2150

ADGS Annual Dahlia and Gladiolus Show 2017

When: August 25- 27, 2017
Where: Bower Place Centre,
4900 Molly Bannister Dr. Red Deer, AB
Contact: Larry Quintilio
Volunteers needed for ADGS Show Committee

ADGS Annual General Meeting

When: TBA
Where: Eastview Community Hall,
120 Ellenwood Dr. Red Deer, AB
Time: 11 am
Contact: Larry Quintilio
Potluck lunch to follow

Junior Judging Workshop

Hello ADGS Members,

Are you growing dahlias but are unfamiliar with what the differences are between the varieties and how to tell a beautiful flower from a spectacular flower?  If so, you might wish to register for this workshop.
The Judging Workshop is open to all members but tailored for those who have not previously taken a dahlia judging class.  
You will be introduced to the Classification and Handbook of Dahlias put out by the American Dahlia Society and be taught about the various forms, colours and sizes of dahlias (including understanding the 4-digit class numbers).
Once you have taken this course, you will be offered the opportunity to have some hands-on experience by being paired with a senior judge at the Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society Show on August 24th and 25th (Bower Mall).
If interested, please register by phoning or e-mailing Ken Jensen.  His phone number is 403-782-5095 and his e-mail address is
The workshop will be held at the Piper Creek Trial Garden on Sunday, August 10th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Piper Creek Trial Garden is on the property of Lorne and Marilyn McArthur (across from the Red Deer Waste Management Facility).