ADGS General Meeting

The annual general meeting of the ADGS will take place on
Sunday, October 16 at 11:00 am. It is being held at the
Eastview Community Hall: 120 Ellenwood Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.

In addition to discussing a variety of other topics, we will be holding the elections for 2017 Executive positions and will be reviewing the annual financial statements.

As the meeting starts at 11 am, we will have a potluck lunch after the meeting. Please feel free to bring hot food as the hall has a kitchen.

You can also renew your memberships at the meeting for both
the Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society (ADGS) and
the American Dahlia Society (ADS). The cost for these memberships are as follows:
ADGS Single ($20/yr); ADGS Family ($25/yr)
ADS Single ($30/yr); ADS Family ($33/yr); ADS Student ($5/yr)


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

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.