The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its October meeting Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. At this month's meeting Eugene Kenyon & Sonia Hall will give a demonstration on saving seed from dahlias. They will also talk about their unique hybridizing programs and explain the "magic" behind the creation of new dahlia varieties. We will also have an informal dahlia "show-and-tell" as members bring in blooms to share. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
This weekend, the Lane County Dahlia Society hosted its 49th Annual Show. Exhibitors arrived from all over the State of Oregon and from Washington as well. By 9:00 AM Saturday morning, the Wheeler Pavilion was aglow with hundreds of dahlia exhibits awaiting judging. By early afternoon, the judges had picked the "best of the best" and the head table celebrated the winners. The front of the table displayed the best single entry and triple entry winners from all 36 sections.
The back of the head table highlighted the Novice and Amateur winners, as well as the of the special section and seedling winners.
Everywhere you looked, there were beautiful dahlias! We were fortunate to have Eugene Register-Guard writer Diane Dietz shadow our Saturday morning judging. She then wrote a great story that appeared on the front page of Sunday's City Section.
A display of mass arrangements.
A table covered with lovely basket entries.
Best 1-Bloom Fully Double in the Show
Best 3-Bloom Fully Double in the Show
"Brookside J Cooley"
Best 1-Bloom Disc Center Bloom in the Show
Best 3-Bloom Disc Center in the Show
"Raeann's Canis Majoris"
Best Basket in the Show
"Hollyhill Crystal, Mary Eveline, & Lark's Pioneer Pride"
Best Arrangement in the Show
Along the Garden Path
There were so many excellent entries that made the Head Table. Lane County Dahlia Society members had a strong showing at their "home" show. It was particularly exciting to see Amateur exhibitor Gretchen Randle and Novice exhibitor Brian Fullerton each on the head table. Great Job - you have made LCDS proud! Below are the 1-bloom and 3-bloom exhibits from the Head Table that were grown by LCDS members.
Best 1-Bloom AA Size
Best 1-Bloom B Size
Best 1-Bloom Ball
Best 1-Bloom Waterlily
Best 1-Bloom Novelty Fully Double
Best 1-Bloom Single
Best 1-Bloom Mignon Single
Best 1-Bloom Peony
Best 3-Bloom A Size
Best 3-Bloom Anemone
"EV Purple Puff"
Best 3-Bloom Novelty Fully Double
Best 1-Bloom Flower of the Year
Smallest Pompon Blue Ribbon Winner
LCDS member Camille Noel with the highest scoring ADS Seedling Bench Evaluation, bred by Mike Iler. Its name.."Camille Noel"!
We had a special treat at our show this year. Our Flower of the Year was "Raeann's Peach" and we were honored to have the real Raeann - Raeann Lobaugh - at our show. Here she is, pictured above, holding an exhibit of her flower.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Lane County Dahlia Society 49th Annual Show
" A Rainbow of Dahlias"
Show Flower of the Year: RaeAnn's Peach
September 15-16, 2012
The Wheeler Pavilion, Lane County Fair Grounds
Entries accepted Friday September 14th from 6 PM - 8:00 PM and Saturday September 15th from 6:30 AM to 8:45 AM. All exhibitors must check in at the registration table. The judges meeting will start at 9:00 AM sharp and judging will commence at 9:30 AM.
The show will open to the public from Noon until 6 PM on Saturday and from 10 AM until 4 PM on Sunday. Please come, bring a camera and enjoy the show! Free Admission! The public is encouraged to vote for the People's Choice special entry and there will be a staffed information table to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you!