Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lynn Dudley Award Winner Announced

The Lane County Dahlia Society was thrilled to learn that Don C. a Miniature White Cactus has won the 2009 Lynn Dudley award. This award is annually given to the highest scoring minature fully double bloom on the ADS seedling bench. Don C. was hybridized by the late Dick Canning, longtime member of the Lane County Dahlia Society. This past year Don C. was grown and entered in shows throughout Oregon by Dick's son Michael Canning and by Wayne and Eleanor Shantz. Pictured above is a basket entry of Eleanor's.

Dick let the bees help him with his hybridizing efforts so the only known parent of Don C. is Mary Jo (M C Pk). Don C. will be introduced this coming year by Ted Kennedy at Hollyhill Dahlias

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November Meeting - Digging & Dividing

This past Thursday, The L.C.D.S. held its last meeting of the year. Although it was a very rainy night outside, 48 folks filled the Campbell Center. We began the evening with our business meeting, followed by our door prize. Sue P. brought a beautiful ceramic bowl and a large packet of Spring bulbs as the giveaway which was won by a very happy Terri M. The program began with an overview of the entire process of digging dahlia tubers, dividing them and then storing them for the Winter. Anne P., pictured above, gave a great talk. After delicious refreshments, provided by Gen H. & Suku A., the group divided around 5 demonstration tables.

Each group was lead by a knowledgeable L.C.D.S. members who had brought clean dahlia tuber clumps from their garden. Here Art R. demonstrates. Art's table was covered with healthy, large tuber clumps.

Above, Wayne S. shares his experience with eager participants. After each clump was divided by the demonstrators, observers were invited to take home a free tuber. This always is a hit with our visitors and members.

Above, first time demonstrator Eugene K. divides a clump. Besides dahlia tubers Eugene also brought a beautiful bouquet of "Snoho Dorris" which was a treat to see in November.

Above, Sonia Hall shares her advice to L.C.D.S. members. Sonja is a talented grower and hybridizer of anemone form dahlias.

The 5th table featured Michael C. demonstrating. Above, he gives advice as Sue P. tackles dividing a tuber clump.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

November Meeting

Our November dahlia meeting will be held Thursday, November 5th at 7:30 PM. 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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

2009 LCDS Annual Dahlia Show - It's a Wrap!

The weekend of September 19th-20th, the Lane County Dahlia Society held its 46th Annual Dahlia Show. This year our venue moved to the Wheeler Pavillion at the Lane Events Center. This space proved to be a wonderful place to hold a show.

The room was full of beautiful dahlia blooms. It was literally a sea of color and our many visitors were awe-struck!

The top prize winners:

Best (1) Double Bloom     Narrows Tricia     Eleanor Shantz
Best (1) Disc Bloom     09-Seedling     Wayne Lobaugh
Best (3) Double Bloom     Narrows Tricia     Eleanor Shantz
Best (3) Disc Bloom     07-Lo Blush     Wayne Lobaugh
Best Basket     Don C, Linda Harris,     Eleanor Shantz
& Chimicum Troy
Best Design Arrangement     Westward Ho     Gordon Jackman
Largest Blue Ribbon     Westward Ho    Gordon Jackman
Smallest Blue Ribbon     Glenplace     Paulette Woodward


Advanced  Amateur     Wayne Lobaugh     406 Points
Amateur          Tiffany Boatwright     156 Points
Novice          Linnea McIntosh      183 Points
Basket           Eleanor Shantz      36 Points
Design (Tie)       Margaret Kennedy & Georgia Zahar    

Special Entry Awards

Best (1) Bloom     Flower of the Year     Ray Sturman
ADS Seedling Bench      Kelsey Sunshine     Wayne Lobaugh
People's Choice        Greendor           Jerry Rasmussen
Dick Canning Memorial        Emily C          Ron Clack