Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome to 2017! It's time to renew your membership


"Haley's Dream" M SC BI DP/WH

January is the time to renew your dahlia society membership and pay yearly dues to help sustain our organization. If you joined the Lane County Dahlia Society after September 1st, 2016, then your dues are good through 2017. We encourage all members to join the American Dahlia Society and the Pacific Northwest Dahlia Conference as well.

Lane County Dahlia Society Dues are $10 per person, $15 each family; Members receive 11 issues of our newsletter The Dahlia Data

American Dahlia Society $24 per person, $27 for a family. Members receive the quarterly ADS Bulletin and the 2010 Classification Guild. The Bulletin contains timely articles pertaining to dahlias, information on new cultivars, and a host of other topics. The Classification book is indispensable as a guide that states which cultivars performed well in your region and lists winning varieties from around the nation. The ADS provides a great service to all dahlia enthusiasts at a bargain price.

Pacific Northwest Dahlia Conference $10 per person or $15 for a family. The PNDS hosts 3 trial gardens: Inland Empire Garden in Spokane, Canby Trial Garden in Canby, Oregon & the Victoria Trial Garden on Canada's Vancouver Island. The PNDS provides training for judges, maintains records for all member societies, and sponsors an annual show. Each member of the PNDS receives 3 newsletters a year, a membership booklet, and an exhibiting number.

Please renew your dues by mailing them to our Treasurer Phyllis Shafer at : 222 E. Broadway #501 , Eugene, OR 97401. Make all checks payable to : The Lane County Dahlia Society.
Our first meeting of the new year will be held Thursday, February 2nd. at the Celeste Campbell Center in Eugene. Our program that evening will be a DVD of the new 2017 dahlia introductions. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

November Meeting


Our November dahlia meeting will be held Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. The topic of this meeting will be the proper digging, dividing, and storage of dahlia tubers. Society members will be set up at many work stations, giving hands-on demonstrations of tuber dividing. This is one of our most popular meetings of the year and we expect a large turnout. As always, the meeting is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

October Meeting


"Sandia Charm"

The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its October meeting Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. At this month's meeting, we will enjoy a presentation by Eugene Kenyon and Sonia Hall about "Where do Dahlias come from?". Learn about pollination techniques, collecting seed, and ways to store. If you were at our March meeting and grew some of the dahlia seed that was given away that night, please bring in a bloom to share. This meeting is also the last time this year that we we will have a dahlia "Show-and-Tell". Please bring in some of your favorite dahlia blooms that you grew this year to share with the group. The meeting is free and open to the public and there will be free door prizes and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

LCDS 53rd Annual Dahlia Show - A Recap


This past weekend, the Lane County Dahlia Society held its 53rd Annual Dahlia Show at the Lane Events Center. Exhibitors came from all over Oregon and Washington to show and judge the very best blooms. Thanks to a wonderful front page article in Friday's Eugene Register Guard, the show experienced large, enthusiastic crowds, eager to learn more about dahlias.

Below is a recap, highlighting the best blooms in the Show. A special "Shout-out" to Portland exhibitor Nathan Payne. Nathan is a Novice, growing and showing dahlias for the first time this season. Nathan had a whopping 7 entries make the Head Table this weekend and one was chosen Best-in-Show. Congratulations Nathan on this amazing achievement!


Best 1-Bloom Fully Double in the Show
"Clearview Audrey"
Nathan Payne


Best -Bloom Fully Double in the Show
"Sandrine"
Mike Iler


Best 1-Bloom Disc Center
"Kelsey Kristie"
Lexa Cookson


Best 3-Blooms Disc Center
"OJ's Sunspot"
Larry Smith


Best Basket in Show
"Chimicum Troy"
Christy Parks


Best Arrangement in Show
"Beam Me Up"
Margaret Kennedy

Below is a listing of other Head Table awards won by members of the County Dahlia Society.


Best 1-Bloom "AA" entry in the Show
"Seamus"
Mike Iler


Best 3-Bloom "AA" in the SHow
"Seamus"
Mike Iler


Best 1-Bloom Novelty Open in the Show
"Nonpareil"
Kathy Iler


Best 1-Bloom Orchette in the Show
Seedling "194120"
Kathy Iler


Best 1-Bloom Peony in the Show
"Elvira"
Brian Fullerton


Best Amateur 1-Bloom "BB" in the Show
"Urchin"
Dan Duffy 


Best Amateur 1-Bloom Stellar in the Show
"River's Nemesis"
Tom Heath


Best Amateur 1-Bloom Ball in the Show
"Snoho Dorris"
Tom Heath


Best Amateur 1-Bloom Pom in the Show
"Pop Willo"
Deb Gilmer


Best Amateur 1-Bloom Miniature Ball in the Show
"Chimicum Troy"
Deb Gilmer


Best Novice 1-Bloom Pom in the Show
"Irish Glow"
Carol Prud'homme


Best 1-Bloom "AA" Floater in the Show
"AC Ben" 
Deb Gilmer


Best 1-Bloom Waterlily Floater in the Show
"Pam Howden"
Camille Noel


Best 3-Bloom Waterlily Floater in the Show
"Cameo, Sandia Showmei, Pam Howden"
Cheryle Hawkins


Best Collection of Miniature Dahlias
"Martina, Brian's Dream, Don C."
Cherlye Hawkins


Best Arrangement, in the theme;
 "Saturn's Rings"
Camille

We leave with a few additional pictures, which we hope capture the color, vibrancy, and fun that was our 53rd Annual Dahlia Show.


The Show Hall. Open Section


Information Table


Basket Entries


Once of our tables full of Arrangements


The Head Table


And a few more shots taken out on the ennty tables.

Friday, September 2, 2016

LCDS 53rd Annual Dahlia Show


The Lane County Dahlia Society's 53rd Annual Dahlia Show
"A Galaxy of Dahlias"

Where: The Wheeler Pavilion, The Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

When: Saturday, September 17th, Noon- 6:00 PM
             Sunday, September 18th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Admission is Free! Come help the Lane County Dahlia Society celebrate its 53rd 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 you camera and your questions and prepare to be amazed at the display. We will see you there!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

September Meeting


The September meeting of the Lane County Dahlia Society will be held Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 PM, at the Celeste Campbell Center, in Eugene. Our Program this month will feature a one of a kind presentation by Eleanor Shantz on how to create exhibition quality Dahlia Baskets. Eleanor is  know and respected on a National level for her expertise in creating winning dahlia baskets. Please join us and see first hand how she creates her memorable displays and learn from the best! Audience members will have a chance to have their questions answered while viewing Eleanor creating a basket in real-time. There will be door prizes and free refreshments available. We also encourage all members and guests to bring in dahlia blooms for our "show-and-tell". The meeting is free and open to the public. We hope that you will join us!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

August Meeting




The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its August meeting on Thursday, August 4th 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. Experts will also be on hand to answer any questions related to entering baskets or arrangements as well. 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!