Mike Riorden

Dear Fellow PNDC Members:
The cold, drab pall of winter is finally waning, gradually making room for the faint, distant rejuvenating promise of
spring. Soon the spirit of rebirth and renewal will be coursing through the fabric of all things plant and animal. As a
dahlia grower, I am amazed at how excited and enthused I become over the annual prospect of growing the new
proven winners and introductions for the coming season.  I eagerly scan the show reports, trial garden reports, new
2010 Classification book, and the Hart, Dudley and Gullickson medal winners in search of new sure-fire bankers. All
the disappointments of the previous seasons are quickly forgotten amid the prospect and promise of a new growing
season. Which new(er) varieties can we possibly get to a head table?  Which crosses from last fall may hold the
promise of a winning seedling variety?  Which new varieties do we choose to incorporate into our breeding
programs?  Yes, this is the stuff from which dreams are made, and part of the reason we love and persist with our
Our annual spring meeting will take place at Georgetown Realty in Portland on Saturday, April 17th, 2010.  The
officers and society delegates will convene at 10:30 AM for their executive session. The luncheon and general
meeting will begin at noon. Elva will have more details in her mailing.  Members enjoy one another’s comradery and
find time to exchange or trade varieties worked out with previous e-mails or phone calls.  We also will have our
annual auction which for many is the highlight of the meeting.   Growers and hybridizers from Oregon, Washington
and British Columbia like to bring the newest and best offerings for our fundraiser.  Both tubers and green plants
are sold and the bidding always promises to be spirited and lively.   

Awards chairs in each society are asked to bring (or have their delegates/representatives bring) their society’s
medals for the medal exchange within the PNDC.   

Georgetown Realty is located at 1000 NE 122nd Avenue; Portland, OR  97230.  From I-205 North or South bound
take exit 21A to Glisan Street.  Take Glisan East (cross streets increase numerically) to 122nd Avenue.  Turn left
from Glisan to122nd.  Georgetown Realty is on your right about two blocks after the turn.  Parking is behind the

Here’s hoping your tubers wintered over well and your spring propagation is going as you would like. I am very much
looking forward to seeing everyone in Portland on April seventeenth.

Joan Marsh
Our annual spring meeting will take place at Georgetown Realty in Portland on Saturday, April 17th, 2010.  The
officers and society delegates will convene at 10:30 AM for their executive session. The luncheon and general
meeting will begin at noon. Elva will have more details in her mailing.  Members enjoy one another’s camaraderie
and find time to exchange or trade varieties worked out with previous e-mails or phone calls.  We also will have our
annual auction which for many is the highlight of the meeting.   Growers and hybridizers from Oregon, Washington
and British Columbia like to bring the newest and best offerings for our fundraiser.  Both tubers and green plants
are sold and the bidding always promises to be spirited and lively.   

Awards chairs in each society are asked to bring (or have their delegates/representatives bring) their society’s
medals for the medal exchange within the PNDC.   

Georgetown Realty is located at 1000 NE 122nd Avenue; Portland, OR  97230.  From I-205 North or South bound
take exit 21A to Glisan Street.  Take Glisan East (cross streets increase numerically) to 122nd Avenue.  Turn left
from Glisan to122nd.  Georgetown Realty is on your right about two blocks after the turn.  Parking is behind the

Here’s hoping your tubers wintered over well and your spring propagation is going as you would like. I am very much
looking forward to seeing everyone in Portland on April seventeenth.
Agenda Item Correction:
Spokane has asked to hold the 2012 not the 2011 PNDC Show instead of Nanaimo who would then go to 2011.

A Trip Down Under
Karen and Denis Girard

September, 2009, Denis and I flew from Vancouver to Cairns, via Sydney, for a 6-month adventure touring Australia
and New Zealand.  Although we had decided on a house-exchange type of holiday, it was difficult to do as we were
constantly on the move. Australia is a very large country to see – we did some car and one mini-van rentals once we
were there.  Many of the people we e-mailed were more than happy to have us spend a day or two, using their
homes as a base as we traveled the area.  We met some very gracious, wonderful people.  We flew between the
major cities and saw as much of the surrounding country as we could in our allotted time there.  The cities we based
in were Cairns, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Goulburn, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and the small town of
Winkie, Hobart, Launceston and Christchurch.  There is just too much we saw to give you all details but we took
pictures of hundreds of flowers, birds and scenery, and Denis drove between 35,000 and 40,000 km on the entire

When in Goulburn, we spent a week visiting Ron Wilkes.  He has quite a challenge trying to grow dahlias with the
drought conditions and the summer heat.  He had shade cloth both around and on top of his patch of 150 dahlias.  
Water is a real problem there so that is why he grew so few dahlias but he loved his dahlias.  Ron was very
hospitable in driving us around to show as much of the areas around he could.  He and I enjoyed
making the meals and he did a great job of grilling the meat for our dinners.

One thing we noticed that grew beautifully and in abundance around the southern part of Australia, in particular,
were white, standard roses.  They were everywhere.  We were told that a garden man who had a radio program
grew many, years ago, and promoted them to his listeners and thus the reason we saw so many.  Of course, there
were other colours of roses as well, but the white standards stood out the most.

When we were at Ron’s place, he informed us that we had driven not far from Anne and John Menzels as we came
across from Adelaide, so, in a round about way, we toured the east cost, down to the southern point to Melbourne
and then headed back up to Menzels in Winkie.  We spent 11 days with them.  John had not started getting his
ground ready for planting before we got there, so he and Denis were busy in his dahlia patches most every day.  
John has three large patches, so a big task for one person to do.  By the time we left, they had planted 3,000
dahlias – half tubers and half cuttings. Denis was very impressed with the way he planted his dahlias.  He planted
his tubers 1 foot apart in rows 4 feet apart.  He had 26 rows, each 70 feet long in the patch Denis worked on.  Each
row consisted of four strands of wire, similar to the grapevine system.  The first wire was 10 inches from the ground
and every foot after that, for four more rows. You may see the set-up in some of the pictures.  Plastic vineyard clips
held the stems to the wires as they grew.  He had plastic hose that ran down each row with a drip hole at each
plant.  The automatic watering systems come on 8 times a day for 2 minutes at a time.  He fertilizes when he plants
and foliar feeds as they grow.  Sorry, no details on what he uses.  Denis thought he might try to replicate this system
in his own garden this year.  John had double shade cloth on the top and a spray system that comes on when the
temperature gets to 38 deg C and stops when it drops to 34 deg.   Not all time was spent in the garden, though.  
John and Anne toured us around the area, including fruit packing warehouses, wineries and the restaurants most
frequented by the locals.  Since Anne worked, her mother had me over for tea and we also went to see a movie in
town.  I did my best to help with meals and decorate for Christmas parties.  Then it was time to move on.  We had to
get to Tasmania before Christmas.  We had intended to visit Dwight King, but time ran out as it got closer to

We spent a couple weeks on Tasmania, an island of hills and winding roads, but very pretty, and very windy.  We
spent Christmas and New Years at Launceston on the northern part of Tasmania with a couple that had visited us in
Canada earlier that same year.

We flew to Christchurch on January 2nd booked into a motel and found our way to Elaine Fenton’s home.  We spent
a lovely afternoon visiting with several dahlia members from her Society, who she had invited to meet us.  Like our
societies, the members are getting older and fewer young people are joining.  They talked about the same things we
do at our meetings and ‘discussed’ the same problems with members and decisions to be made as we do at our
meetings.  It was just like being at home!  Elaine had a very small city yard and grew only a few dahlias that she
incorporated into her landscape.

We drove further south to Jeannette Cuthbertson’s home in Hine, an 80 km drive south of CC where we stayed  4
days.  She was a hybridizer, as well.  Her dahlia patches were in beautifully scalloped beds with lawn in between.  
Denis was out and about looking at other grower’s yards, but by this time, I was not well enough to do any more
traveling and we flew home on Jan 10th.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time ‘down under’.  We saw hundreds of birds, animals and flowers; met many
interesting, and friendly people, but, when we were there, it was very cold and extremely windy which resulted in our
avoiding many places we had hoped to visit.  It is nice to be back
Please visit the PNDC Web Site, for pictures of our visit to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.  

Judging the Trial Garden
Ted Kennedy
Dahlia judges at a show generally get to see the entries under ideal conditions. The flowers are staged in
containers and organized by form and color. The judge sees the flowers at eye level and if he or she wants another
view can lift the container and turn it or even set it on the floor or some other surface for a better view. If the light is
inadequate, many entries are moved into areas with better light.

At a trial garden, the judging conditions are very different.  Flowers are judged on the bush and in various stages of
development. The judge must first determine that there are enough “judgeable” flowers to even get started.  
Flowers are not at eye level and of course not in a container that can be moved around for the best view. The judge
must move himself around to get a good view of a flower.

Another factor that makes judging more difficult is that the new variety is not staged next to several other flowers of
the same type and color. The judge has to remember what a good white semi cactus looks like and mentally
compare this one to those in his mind’s eye.  That is probably why the ADS requires senior judges to judge trial
garden entries although they permit accredited judges to have input with their opinion counted as 33% of a senior
judge’s score.

There are many factors that come into play at trial gardens that are different than shows. I remember at shows
getting instructions at the judges orientation describing any unusual    weather issues that affects the blooms.  If the
weather was especially hot or rainy the judges should allow for some deviation from perfection because of the
weather.  In the trial garden the same rules should apply. If you are judging at the garden and it has been over 100
degrees for a few days, it may be better to not judge the flowers and come back after some more reasonable
weather. Instead, there is lots of disbudding and deadheading to be done and the garden director would be very
thankful for the assistance.
Another issue that comes up at the trial garden is that most dahlias are best judged on the first and second flushes
of blooms.  At a show, the entries are not labeled “first flush” or “second flush” but the good exhibitor knows this and
times his entries to exhibit those better flowers.   Trial garden directors need to schedule judges to be there when
the first flushes of flowers appear. I am one of the designated persons that visits our trial garden once a week to
disbud and deadhead.  I see the flowers progress from mere sprouts to the wonderful bushes in full bloom. It is a joy
to judge a good entry on that first or second flush of flowers.

Sometimes excellent show flowers do not pass in trial gardens.  At our garden in Canby, the heat is an issue. We
usually have about 15 to 20 days when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees and a few days over 100. Last year it
was 105 degrees on the hottest day. Heat does affect many dahlia varieties and if there are no good flowers to
judge because of the heat, a really nice show flower can fail to pass.  As mentioned above, if the first and second
flushes of flowers occur during really hot weather, the flower may have to judged on later blooms that are not nearly
as nice.

A real benefit of trial gardens is that you can observe the new dahlia varieties growing just like the conditions you
have in your garden that is just a few miles away. Here in Oregon, it is a bit hotter and dryer than many places in the
Northwest.   I have observed over the years that there are many what I call “cool weather” dahlias that we cannot
grow very well here. If a dahlia does well in our trial garden, it should do well in mine.

                                             ADS IMAGE LIBRARY
                                                      Claudia Biggs

It has been a busy winter and spring with requests for the 2010 New
Introductions.  This program includes 95 new introductions.

Other popular programs available on dvd are Delightful Dahlias 19 forms,
which has many photos of all the 19 forms of dahlias and a definition of
each. Dahlia Primer is an old slide show program that I scanned into
digital which discusses the growing of dahlias from planting to storing.
Biggies is a program of A and AA dahlias.

I am currently working on the 2009 Photo contest winners and the 2009 Fabulous
Fifty Dahlias. These will be available in the near future when the images are

DVDs are currently $13 each which includes shipping, or 2 for $25 or 3
for $36. Checks should be made out to ADS and mailed to me.

There are also dvds of photos only for Basket Arranging by Eleanor Shantz
(12 photos) with handout, and Dahlia Faults - examples of green centers, open centers,
insect damage, double centers, and bearded. These are $5 each
The dvd full programs are available also on the ADS web site under ADS Store.

Contact me at, or by phone 509-326-1953 or my
address is 3332 W. Elmhurst Ave, Spokane, WA 99208.

Bulletin of the American Dahlia Society, March 2010:
Some Thoughts

In the past number of years, I have had the distinct privilege of viewing the innards of the American Dahlia Society
(ADS), first as a co-classification chair and now as the PNDC representative. With the exception of a $100 stipend
for the treasurer and secretary, all of the other contributions come from volunteers. I would be remiss if I did not say
that all leaders of the ADS contribute a good amount of time and money to better the conditions of the society and
ultimately the membership. The primary goal of the society is to educate and inform those who love the dahlia. For
those of you who enjoy the dahlia, want to learn more about it, and use what the ADS does, you need to join the
American Dahlia Society if you have not done so in order that ADS can achieve major projects. I would suspect that
many members take the ADS accomplishments for granted. Some of the major contributions come via the Bulletin of
the ADS, The Classification and Handbook of Dahlias, and a judging manual that provides for uniform evaluation.
The ADS also provides an umbrella for dahlia events and actions.

For the purpose of this article, I have decided to provide comments, both opinion and fact, concerning entries in the
Bulletin. On the front cover, the editor, Norman Hines, has provided the website for ADS – . Be
aware that members have access to information that the public cannot reach. For instance, if an exhibitor desired to
view the scores of new variety entered in the trial garden, he could check the listed scores that an entered cultivar
received and the classification assigned to it in each trial garden. This information, all in the members-only part,
could be quite useful for a potential buyer of a high-priced new origination. Also note that a PNDC member, Laurie
Hayden-Quinn, won the best photo of the 2009 ADS contest. Kudos to Laurie!

In the minutes (13), a reader will find that the ADS now owns a banner and stand with dahlia images. At the meeting
in Chicago, March 12-14, Allen Haas displayed two additional banner formats that varied in size to the ADS
Executive Board. A society could purchase these banners at a reduced price from the original. The banner
displayed most of the dahlia forms and promoted ADS. With a little ingenuity, a society could also include their
affiliation to the ADS on the banner. Such a combination would create a good marriage. To have such a banner at
the local show or at tuber sales would provide a colorful addition.

If individuals plan on attending the ADS National Show and Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept 23-26,
2010, they will find the necessary information on pages 16-17. To attend a national show can make for an enjoyable
vacation. From what I can gather, Nashville is within a 100 miles and the scenery in the area also possesses real
promise. Be aware that in 2011 the national show will be in San Jose and in 2012 in Portland, Oregon. The date for
the 2013 is currently open. If your society thinks it could provide such a venue contact Art Haskins, 902-668-2838 or .

The Executive Board decided that it needed to promote new society additions. Since this decision, ADS now has five
new societies (59). PNDC could do itself a favor by making a conscious effort to organize some new societies. New
life breeds excitement. If John McEvoy and Marge and Peter Kershisnik from Portland had not sacrificed their time,
there would not be a society in either Lane County or Coos County. With a little vision, it seems possible that a
society in Salem, OR holds possibility. Between Portland and Eugene, the undertaking would not be that demanding.

Bill McClaren writes an article entitled, Time for Change in the “March Bulletin,” 2010, (64). Please know that as I
take issue with some of Bill’s assertions, I have high respect for him. It is okay to disagree and still be friends, is it
not? Bill dislikes the definitions for open-centered dahlias, mentioning that varying pollen rules exist for the mignon
single and the collarette, while the rules for the orchid, and single formation are the same. Thus, confusion among
judges apparently exists since they desire consistency among all open-centered forms. He further suggests that he
does not know how to tell dahlia judges what the word “desirable” means. In other words, it appears he wants
something that is more measurable. From my perspective, I rather like the word since it allows for some leeway
between no pollen and up to three rows of pollen.

Does it really matter whether there is pollen or no pollen as long as the bloom appears at its peak of development?
For those of us who have shown open-centered dahlias, we realize that from the time of cutting such a bloom to the
time of judging, usually the next day, we must select blooms that are somewhat green, possibly with no pollen
showing or the bloom will appear overly mature at judging time. Some growers deter pollen development by keeping
the blooms in a cool and humid environment. A definite art and a little luck exist when it comes to selecting a
superior open-centered bloom. For show preparation, open-centered dahlias must be cut in early morning before
bees are active unless growers cut blooms with no pollen showing during the day.

With the exception of the collarette (CO), which must display at least one row of pollen and up to three rows of
pollen, it appears that exhibitors may show the mignon single (MS), single (S), orchid (O), and peony (PE) without
pollen since these form definitions do not mandate a row of pollen as does the collarette. The orchid, collarette, and
single, though, may have up to three rows of pollen. Within these perimeters, the peak of development and the most
ideal form will usually occur. I would not argue against providing the same pollen recommendations for the collarette
that exist for the orchid and single; why should a demand of pollen exist for the collarette? Further, with regard to
pollen, I would group the peony and mignon single together. Both of these formations tend to open quickly, which
leaves them too mature. According to accomplished peony and mignon single growers, they believe that it is
imperative to show these two forms without pollen, albeit rows of pollen do not detract from an entry.

Should judges evaluate the open-centered varieties without a rule concerning pollen? I say “no” and will vote
against such a notion since pollen is a distinguishing characteristic on every open-centered variety unless no pollen
shows at the time of judging. Realistically, though, many of the open-centered varieties do not possess a flat plane
or mature presentation when no pollen shows. Therefore, I maintain that judges must consider pollen when they
evaluate open-centered dahlias.

Freshness is the key component of an open-centered cultivar. The peak of development occurs for the CO, S, MS,
and PE when the ray florets are flat or slightly cupped with all forms growing on a flat plane, which also includes an
O. The O ray florets are straight and involute in appearance. Often, when the ray flowers of these dahlias become
somewhat soft, they are past their prime. Additionally, pollen grows from the outward row to the center. After three
or four rows of pollen, a significant likelihood exists that the first row may convey a browning since that row may
have aged.

The inflorescence of open-centered varieties possesses central disc flowers generally surrounded by a row or two
of ray flowers. Since the outward row opens first, the anthers will release the pollen and the tip of the style will split
apart in a day or two exposing the stigma. When the pollen is released, the first row in time will appear old, stale,
and certainly not fresh. Consequently, I dismiss Bill’s thought that a definition must ignore pollen all together as a
possible solution. The definitions do not state that three rows of pollen are the ideal, but do provide an ideal
boundary for exhibiting a number of the open-centered dahlias. If an open-centered dahlia happens to have more
than three rows of pollen, judges should not disqualify or set aside such an entry but should recognize that it is
closer to passing its prime growth.
Finally, to place more weight on rows of pollen than the other components is ludicrous. To emphasize pollen to the
detriment of the other parts of the definition is neither a part of good judging nor good judging instruction.

When judges evaluate either fully double or open centered varieties, standard procedure exists for what determines
a superior bloom. Exhibitors determine what their best varieties are and exhibit them. Does the “wrong flower” end
up on the head table? On occasion, yes. It is a judgment call, and whose authority determines what is wrong and
what is right? We have shows in order to show the diversity of the dahlia. After all, no one can grow them all and we
who love the dahlia need to see them. If exhibitors win an award, they should enjoy the accomplishment and if they
fall short, they should congratulate the winner. To be in proper relationship with each other and at the same time to
enjoy dahlia beauty overcomes bad judging, questionable definitions, and outright errors.

PNDC societies, please note the website update. (65) All society shows should contact and list
the events pertinent to your club. Let’s use the resources that ADS has provided. If someone has suggestions for
website improvement, contact Ron Miner at . The Executive Board spent considerable time in
Chicago discussing how to make the website useful and a productive tool for communications. PNDC societies need
to organize and send society reports to the Bulletin. In this Bulletin, four PNDC societies have a report. Kudos to
these societies!

Wayne Shantz
PNDC Regional Representative

Portland Dahlia Society News
Now is a great time to start preparing your dahlia growing area for this year’s crop. If there are weeds or grasses
growing, now is a good time to knock them down. Remember the old adage that one year’s weeds means ten years
of weed seeds. Moreover, this time of year they are much easier dislodged and in many instances permanently
discouraged, due to their small size.
Slugs are the most persistent and insidious enemy of the young dahlia plants. Why not eradicate them now, rather
than wait until there are dahlias to munch on? Baits have improved over the years. Those with a “Meta” base have
added a bittering agent to make them less appealing to pets.  There is a new class of baits that work differently.
One brand name is “Slug go”.  The mollusks will ingest and then go back to where ever they came from to die a
quiet, less messy death.
The soil is much too wet now to work mechanically. However, one can still hand spade. Soil amendments can now be
spread.  Composts and manures can be left on top of the soil to leach nutrients in until the ground is dry enough to
till.  Beside local newspapers, your local Feed Store is a good source for where manures can be obtained locally.
Just check the postings on their bulletin boards. For those with computer access search Craig’s List Portland under
lawn and garden and put manure in the search field. Some postings are free-you-haul! Organic amendments
benefit the soil two ways. Added nutrients and improving the soil texture and its moisture retention capacity.  
Remember that dahlias are gross feeders, putting their nutrient requirements in the same category as tuberous
begonias and fuchsias.
An occasional application of lime is advisable to overcome the excessive soil acidity common to most soils west of
the Cascades. Regular garden lime (Calcium Carbonate) is available as powdered or prilled (palletized) lime.  
Calcium is an element that is essential for the production of cellulose, the fibers that hold plants together. Better
available Calcium means stronger stems and overall plant growth. Dolomite lime (ground limestone) can also be
used.  It too brings Calcium and the added benefit of Magnesium.

                                      PNDC Judges Evaluation
Joni Beasley
The tally was done and sent in to the ADS a few weeks back. Congratulations to the judges that advanced !!!!
All in all I had a better turn in of reports this last year than I did before and I attribute it to the judges reports sheets
be made available closer  to the show times. I plan on doing it again this year.
On a serious note I had to begin to demote the members who did not and have not sent in reports for the past 4
years or more. Several are in danger for next year and If you feel one of those may be YOU, check in with me and
we will see if you can get caught up to 2010 so it won't happen. I plan on letting your society rep know who you are
in hopes a gentle reminder will jog you. We need you knowledge and talents!!!  You may also request to be made
an honorary judge and that will let you off the hook as far as reports go as long as you pay your dues to both the
PNDC and ADS. ( my email is )

                                       IEDS Trial Garden 2010
                                                    Joni Beasley
Spokane Trial Garden is full and we hope to see the tubers arriving soon. The summer prediction is for  HOT HOT
HOT  and hopefully we won't have the moisture issues we have had over the past few Junes. Seems we barely have
them in the ground and the "rainy" season comes out of the blue and we did ditches to divert water from the new
beginnings. XXXXing our fingers.  Unfortunately the HOT may mean more mites and other "bugs". NO WIN right???  
Come in late summer and help judge if you come over our way. We love the perspective of each and every judge.

ADS Spring Planning Meeting Report 2010

1.        ADS Marketing Group: Steve Nowotarski will head this group. This team will consider how to market the
dahlia more aggressively for the ADS. Steve will recruit the following: Advertising Manager (Bulletin) (Classification
and Handbook of Dahlias), Web Advertising Coordinator, Business Partner Coordinator
2.        Advertising: The board approved web site advertising on the non-home page portion and increased monthly
maintenance fees. The Classification and Handbook of Dahlias can include two ads inside front and back covers
that follow specific guidelines. New Market Place Ads: This will consist of a page(s) of business card ads that will be
available for one low price in all four ADS Bulletin issues. Business Partner Program: See p. 25 of the 2010 March
3.        ADS Web Site Enrichment: Expect more photos on the web and organic gardening features. Time was
allotted for brainstorming  on how to improve the web, both short and long-term.
4.        ADS Store: ADS will expand saleable items for the store. A committee of three including Harry Rissetto, Mac
Boyer, and Ron Miner, will clear what will and what will not represent the ADS appropriately.
5.        E-Newsletter: The board approved an annual budget of $1,500 for this project. Those interested will sign up
for this electronic letter, which will be published 4 times per year. Currently, 4 editors from different regions will take
one quarter and determine the articles for that quarter.
6.        Logo: The board approved the Terms of Usage Agreement for the logo. Note number 2 of this document:
“The American Dahlia Society’s Affiliated and Participating societies may use Approved Images of the ADS logo for
promotional and fund raising purposes. These societies should not use the logo for a person’s own interests within
a society, including financial gain or any other reason, except as under the rules pertaining to advertisers”.
7.        ADS Banner: The official banner can be purchased for $600. Other varying sizes of the banner also exist but
do not have quite the quality or the same photos. Dahlia Societies may purchase any of these banners. Dimensions
and price follow:

ADS Banner with stand 48” x 85” …………..$600.00
ADS Banner Copy with stand 31” x 85” ……$300.00 (Kinkos copied this one and had to reduce floral images)
ADS Banner Copy with stand 24” x 36” ……$95.00 (pasteboard)
Contact Debra Haas – or (Member Login)

Note: With a little ingenuity, these banners can also accommodate naming local societies as affiliated societies. The
artistic design and all is well done.

8.        Artistic Design Competition: All National Shows now must offer an artistic   
design section.
9.        National Shows: ADS needs volunteers for 2013 and 2014 (not much time). The
      Centennial Show will be in 2015. The ADS hopes to have a great celebration.
10.        Judge’s Information: Those judges wishing to not have their information listed on
the Members-Only portion of the web site should contact the Judge Accreditation   
Chair (Robert Moynahan). Otherwise, the information will be listed. Hard copies
will also be provided.

Respectfully submitted,

Wayne and Eleanor Shantz
PNDC Co-Regional Vice Presidents


Southern Oregon Dahlia Society
M. Paulette Woodward

Time change has come early, daffodils were three weeks early and winter has decided to stay longer.  Welcome to
unpredictable spring!  
Like most of the societies we’re busy getting our show schedule together and setting up the tuber sale.  Thanks go
to all those members and supporters.  Thanks to all those members and supporters who contribute so much to
make the show and sale a success.  It is so easy to forget how much labor is involved just having tubers ready for
the sale.  Thanks to all the members in all the societies for planting, growing digging, dividing storing and sharing.  
This is ten to twelve months of dedication.  
We here on the Southern Oregon Coast can leave roots in the ground until late winter to dig.  After 30 – 35 years,
last December came as a shock when a week plus of solid freeze hit.  Normally, extended freezing is with snow on
the ground or some warming during the day.  The result is a 90% loss.  Did I say it was time to cut back or was it I
want to grow that but what do I give up?  God does have a way of stirring the mix.  It will be an interesting tuber
As promotion for the dahlia society and growing dahlias we are doing a display and information table at the Master
Gardeners Seminar.  This is like a brain storming session, gardening on gardeners.  It is amazing how many people
don’t know about dahlias.  We haven’t saturated the population yet.  
I have a question for someone to answer.  Why dahlias don’t multiple, not just certain varieties?  Is it deficiency in
the soil, weather or just the year?  The plants green well and cut the blooms.  Have others run into the same
problems the past couple of years?
Have fun with your tuber sales.
April 10th – Tuber Sale
September 11th & 12th Show and Tell Time.

Michael Canning

It’s the first day of spring as I sit down to write this. The
relatively dry and warm winter has set the plate for who knows what
kind of growing season on the way. One thing for sure is it will have
its own unique set of challenges for us. Does anyone remember the last
“Perfect growing season”?The Lane County Dahlia Society jumps in with enthusiasm and purpose in
2010. Please find below our roster of officers for the year:
Lexa Cookson-President
Cheryle Hawkins-1^st Vice President, Newsletter Editor
Eugene Kenyon-2^nd Vice President
Phyllis Shafer-Secretary, ADS Rep
Gretchen Randle-Recording Secretary
Michael Canning-Corresponding Secretary
Camille Noel-Membership Coordinator
The LCDS show is scheduled for the weekend of September 18^th and
19^th , 2010. Once again this year we will be at the Lane Events
Center (aka Lane County Fairgrounds) in Eugene. Please plan to attend
and to exhibit. We depend on our Dahlia friends from around the region
to help make our show a last hurrah to the growing season.
We will be fund raising for the next couple of months to keep the LCDS
swimming along for the next year. Our “Fools for Dahlias” auction on
April fools day was the kick off followed by two more sales events in
Have a great growing season everyone. Please don’t hesitate to contact
LCDS anytime by leaving a message at , or by email through
me at <>
Larry Smith
As of this writing, preparing to host the 2012 ADS National Show is foremost on the minds of the Portland Society.
We have chosen our chairpersons.  (Ted Kennedy, Tiffany Boatwright, Larry Smith), obtained the able tutelage of
Mark Oldenkamp (who chaired a past ADS show), and found the perfect venue.  Make sure to mark your calendars
for Labor Day weekend in 2012 and join us at the Columbia Red Lion. We will enjoy a huge exhibit hall, great room
accomodations available at a reasonable price, and spectacular views of the river.

We are putting special emphasis on raising seed money for the National Show through our tuber sales this year.
Our annual Auction and Sale is the second Tuesday in April, followed by our annual Master Gardener Sale booth at
the Clackamas County fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend.  Prior to each event, Swan Island Dahlias has again
generously donated their workspace for tuber packaging parties, at which volunteers have a ball chatting up a storm
about the upcoming growing season while working away.  We can always count on Marge Gitts to provide a tasty
lunch, followed by slices of her famous lemon pies made with lemons grown in their greenhouse. We are also
looking at other fundraising methods to support the national show.  In the past, PDS has donated money to other
PNDC societies for hosting National Show, so any donations from our sister societies will be gratefully accepted.

Congratulations are in order to Teresa Bergman and Larry Smith, who were recently advanced to Senior Judge.

Two of our life members that many in PNDC know and love have had some setbacks. Bob and Myrtle Bloomfield had
an auto accident in September.  Bob came out of that better than Myrtle, who spent a couple of months in hospitals
and rehab facilities. Just as Myrtle got back to normal, Bob had to say goodbye to his gall bladder and is, as of this
writing, recovering in a hospital.  We all wish Bob and Myrtle well.

Our annual Board Meeting in January was an unqualified success, with many good ideas being brought forth and
implimented.  We have already had informative programs on taking cuttings and a knowledgable outside speaker on
soil amendments. It looks like 2010 will be a promising growing year, let's hope the weather cooperates!

Joni Beasley
After a mild winter we are off and going towards another fun year. New
officers took over- - -  Greg Smith President, Bob Beasley Vice President,Chris Carlsen Secretary, Joni Beasley
Treasurer, Pat Bentley, Carol Konitzer and Don Howell trustees.
This next few weeks will have us all scrambling as immediately after the PNDC Spring Meeting we have 3 tuber sales
, i each weekend til after MOther's Day. Following soon after is the Saturday the Trial Garden is planted along with
the display garden . Makes for a busy day for the ones doing both. April is also the month we hold our tuber auction
at the meeting and this year it was voted to begin an hour early as the auction seems to take longer every year.  
Show week for September is set on the 11th and 12th and the plan is in the works to go back and add in a Saturday
Special on September 18th for those blooms that "would of been perfect if only they had another week". If the fair
agrees to the plan it is a go and means more planning on our part and rounding up of judges for that as well. So as
you can see we will have our hands full and be super busy for the foreseeable future.   

Ken Beswich\k

Reporting from Victoria, British Columbia we have had an extremely mild winter which translates into successful
tuber wintering. I personally tried my third different way of storing tubers and I'm sold on the splitting, washing,
drying, marking and individual wrapping in saran (plastic wrap). I then tuck them away in the Styrofoam grape boxes
in wood chips covered in newspaper. I keep them in my cement cellar in the basement. My success rate was 90%
and for me that is good. We are gearing up for our Annual tuber sale on Apr. 24th. We have a private club members
only sale on the 22nd. where we can get first pickings etc. Our membership has increased by 16 this year due to
some excellent media coverage of our meetings.  We will be hosting the judging seminar for our area this year on
July 25th. Our Annual Dahlia Show will be August 14-15th. Wishing you all a great Spring and Summer.

Seattle Dahlia Society
Kathy Ryan

We started off our year with January’s program a DVD  by Diana Blackmer  of our annual Dahlia Show held in
September.  It was nice to remember how beautiful all those blooms were, and many thanks again to all who
participated in the Show.

What a wonderful early Spring we are having!   It’s definitely time to start thinking about getting out in the garden
again.    At February’s meeting we had guests -  Dick and Danielle Parshall shared their expertise and did a
wonderful program on cuttings, and we thank them again for taking the time.
March’s meeting will continue to get us all ready for planting – we’ll be having a program on soil.    We are also busy
making plans for the tuber sale which will be held at the Country Village, 23730 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell on
April 24th  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and April 25th   ,11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Our slate of  officers for 2010 –
Karen Lorentzen – President
Diana Blackmer – Vice-President
Tom Ball – Treasurer
Kathy Ryan - Secretary

We hope this sunshine continues and everyone has a great growing season!

I would take this opportunity to thank everyone who took time to write the very informative articles about the dahlia
world and our dahlia societies.  I hope to see many of you at the Spring Meeting on the 17th.  It’s always a treat to
renew dahlia acquaintances and talk about our favorite summer pastime.  I always seem to come away from these
meeting with a little extra knowledge about our favorite flower and always some good ideas on how to grow them.  
Don’t forget the auction!  If you can spare a cutting or two please bring them along.  I know that the bidding will be
very competitive for some of these great cultivars.  
April 2010