Friday, January 31, 2020
The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its March meeting Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. LCDS members Eugene K. and Sonia H. will present a wide range of tips to consider when growing and showing dahlias. Eugene will also talk about starting dahlias from seed as well as checking on your overwintered tubers and what to look for. Sonia will explain the secrets of planning your dahlia garden and what you can do this Spring in preparation. Cheryle H. will display some bowls for floating dahlias, whether at home or for exhibition. Bring your questions! There will also be door prizes and free refreshments provided. The meeting is free and open to the public. Whether you are a first time visitor or a long time member, we hope you will join us.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
The October meeting of the Lane County Dahlia Society will be held on Thursday, October 3rd., at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. Please join us as we celebrate our favorite flower as the growing season nears its end. This month's program will feature LCDS member Eugene Kenyon, owner of River's Dahlias. Eugene will talk about the end of the dahlia season and how he prepares his dahlias for the first frost. He will also touch on dahlia seed collecting. Learn how you can successfully save seed from your plants. We are also encouraging all LCDS members and guests to bring dahlia blooms from your gardens. This will be a great opportunity to share a bit of this year's dahlia garden with the group and also begin formulating ideas for next year's garden too. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. As always, the meeting is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Friday, September 6, 2019
56th Annual Dahlia Show
Where: Wheeler Pavilion, Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR
When: Saturday, September 14th, Noon - 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 15th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Come help the Lane County Dahlia Society celebrate its 56th Annual Show. There will be hundreds of dahlia varieties on display, exhibited by dozens of growers from all over the Pacific Northwest. There will be an information booth staffed by LCDS members ready to answer all of your questions and free handouts too. Just outside the Wheeler Pavilion is a dahlia garden tended by LCDS members. Bring your camera and your questions and prepare to be amazed at the display. Admission is free! We will see you there!
Monday, September 2, 2019
The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its September meeting on Thursday, September 5th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. This month's meeting will focus on how to enter a dahlia bloom into a dahlia show. We will discuss how to improve bloom quality on your plants, how to safely transport blooms to the show, and demonstrate how to stage a 1-bloom and 3-bloom entry. We will also have a demonstration on how to float a dahlia bloom and will hear how to gather all of the materials that you will need. We will have the new Show Books to distribute and will give a quick talk on how to read the Show Book and understand it. Limited amounts of foam will be for sale. We also encourage all members to bring some dahlia blooms for our "show-and-tell". The meeting is free and open to the public. Free refreshments and door prizes will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, July 26, 2019
The August meeting of the Lane Country Dahlia Society will be held Thursday, August 1st at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. We are so excited that this month's speaker will be Wayne Lobaugh of Lobaugh's Dahlias in Washington State. Wayne is an expert dahlia grower, exhibitor, and hybridizer. His topic for our meeting will be "Hybridizing Open Centered Dahlias". Wayne has introduced many wonderful open centered dahlias such as RaeAnn's Peach and Apopa Beauty. His talk is sure to be a fascinating look into his methods for creating these wonderful new varieties. We will also have our regular dahlia "show-and-tell" and we encourage members and non-members alike to bring in blooms to share. As always, admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, July 1, 2019
The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its July Meeting Thursday, July 11th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. This month's program will feature August Jackson from the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. He will present a vividly illustrated exploration of the diversity of Oregon's 500+ bee species. Getting to know our native bees is the first step in seeing them in our gardens and everywhere we go. You will learn to appreciate the vital role they play in our gardens and our local ecosystems. During the evening, we will have a raffle for three lovely dahlia themed tote bags, created by LCDS member Pat C. We also encourage all members and visitors to bring in dahlia blooms if you have some early performers in your garden. There will be door prizes and refreshments. As always admission is free and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The June meeting of the Lane County Dahlia Society will be held Thursday, June 6th, at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. June's meeting will feature a presentation by Larry Smith of the Portland Dahlia Society. Larry is a long time dahlia grower and floral judge. His beautiful dahlia blooms are often found on the head table at shows all over the Pacific Northwest. While Larry grows many dahlia forms, his specialty is growing and staging Mignon Singles. Larry will speak on his techniques and tips for growing award winning dahlias. His great sense of humor and deep dahlia growing knowledge will make for a really fun and educational evening. We will also feature a "last-chance" dahlia tuber sale. Tubers will be sold for just $1 each before the meeting and during intermission. This is a great time to pick up a few tubers to fill in a gap in your garden or to gift to a friend. We will also have door prizes, a raffle for one-of-a-kind dahlia tote bags, and free refreshments. We hope to see you there!