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.