Editor Tom Ball





7thPearl Harbor Day

                16th         Hanukah

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      25th         Merry Christmas


  1st Happy New Year

      15th Martin Luther King Day


     August PNDC Show Victoria, B.C.





As your newly elected PNDC President, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope everyone isn’t getting wet digging. Hope to see many of you at the Spring meeting in Portland.

Again, I am wishing everyone a happy but safe and sane holiday season.

God Bless

Larry Mannwell








I will be contacting everyone in January. The corresponding Secretary of each society will have a sheet to fill out and return to me. I start work on the roster in February and it is only as accurate as the information I receive, so please make my job easier by paying dues early and sending the information to Elva and myself.

You might keep the rain to yourselves although we are not as badly affected as the mainland. People will build by rivers and then blame everyone else when they get flooded out!





On November 9 Tony DeRooy went home to his Father. Tony was born February 14th, 1921 in Midrecht, Holland. Three months later the family immigrated to North America. They first lived in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, but eventually settled in Everett and later in Monroe, Washington. Tony was married to his lifelong best friend Myrt Armstrong. Tony served his country in World War II in the Army Air Corps. Tony had two main jobs in his life, first as Supervisor of Parks for the Great Northern Railroad and after 1964 as Superintendent of Grounds for the Chelan County PUD at Rocky Reach Dam.

Tony was the driving force in the formation of the Pacific Northwest Dahlia Conference. In September of 1953, while having lunch after the Snohomish County Rose and Dahlia Society Show, Tony made a suggestion that an Association of Dahlia Societies in the Northwest should be started which would operate on a similar format to that of the Central States Dahlia Association which had been formed many years previously. From that point meetings were scheduled and plans were made to form the PNDC. Tony was elected as first President of the PNDC and was also named as editor of the PNDC Newsletter, The Pacific Dahlia. The first conference show was hosted by the Snohomish County Rose and Dahlia Society at the Floral Hall, Everett Wa on September 3 1955. Tony was also a driving force in the formation of the Seattle Dahlia Society and the Wenatchee Valley Dahlia Society. Most recently Tony was a guiding leader in the newly formed North Central Dahlia Society, in Wenatchee.

Tony was always available to assist and to share his wealth of knowledge about dahlias to anyone who needed a little extra guidance. He will be missed.






ADS Classification Meeting 2006

East Norwich Inn, New York, Sept. 17, 2006 8 AM


Wayne Shantz called the meeting to order.

Classification Members Present: Marian Landerholm, Laura Oldenkamp, Richard and Danielle Parshall, Marjorie Schnerr, Wayne and Eleanor Shantz, Karen Zydner, Mac and Norma Boyer.


Retirements from classification


This year we will retire Jomanda from the change request list. Whatever the classification is for Jomanda will be the permanent classification unless it were to change markedly.


Richard Parshall inquired about Mary’s Jomanda and Jomanda having the same form classification, which is what Calvin Cook wanted. Wayne responded by saying that sports do not necessarily have to have the same form but usually do. The classification for each of the above cultivars will be classified as the classification committee recommends.


Dahlia Formation


Wayne commented briefly about the characteristic of form and what it means to the classification process.


Four divisions of form exist when judges evaluate form in shows and trial gardens: symmetry, contour, the proper time to exhibit a bloom, and trueness to form.


Trueness to form is a manmade definition, designed for descriptive reasons and organizational purposes. ADS needs a means for describing what a variety looks like and also needs to organize varieties into classes so that they can be exhibited. Over the years, judges have placed a concentrated emphasis on trueness to form, choosing to place less value on some of the other parts of form. He suggested that judges should consider symmetry and contour more than they do. The ideal form, the one that follows the manmade definition, will appear at the top of the mountain but many other outstanding varieties, although not true to form, appear by degree down the mountain somewhat and even may appear at the bottom of the mountain. Still they possess beauty because of their regular appearance, showing both superior symmetry and development. No gaps exist, the ray florets spiral, and provide for an outstanding specimen.

Mac Boyer concluded the discussion by mentioning that no place on the scorecard exists for trueness to form.

Harry Rissetto asked if the ID/SC would affect the number of points deducted and also distinction points if one were judging on the bench or in the trial garden. Wayne stated that it should affect the score. Mixed form is not considered as good. However, a consistent formation from the face to the back of the bloom is not mixed form. It has its own beauty even it is not near the top of the mountain. In conclusion, he alluded to Embrace, stating that it did not possess ideal form but certainly had a regular and consistent appearance. In Embrace, the ray florets usually do not display any fully revolute ray florets, yet it wins in shows. He concluded by suggesting that we promote beauty rather than assigning 28 points to trueness to form. In fact, 8 points should be for size proportion since both size proportion and formation characteristics are addressed under the characteristic of form. See page 40 of the Guide to Judging Dahlias for a recommended point allotment. When you assign 2 characteristics under one characteristic, you defy good test and measurement theory.


Alan Fisher agreed and asked that an article for the Bulletin be written. He wants a strong mandate. Alan also mentioned that form varies regionally.


Harry Rissetto asked about the stellar formation. Wayne responded that the ray florets should be narrow and of some length with the ray floret margins having a substantial involute quality. These ray florets should slightly recurve toward the stem and appear to have some space between them.


Brad Freeman brought up an additional concern. He mentioned that the “tips of petals” if pointed are now being classified as stellar dahlias. He cautioned about making the stellar formation a “catch-all” class.


Spelling Accuracy and Classification


When reporters receive misspelled names, they sent them to the classification co-chairs and they are improperly recorded in the classification book. In our shows, we need to emphasize spelling and name accuracy.


Black Dahlias


Wayne knows of two black dahlias. Neither cultivar appears as a dark purple or dark red. They are black.


Mac Boyer suggested that black be assigned to the purple color class since he believes that PR 26 in the Color Guide is the closest to black.


Alan Fisher moved that those present defer the decision of classifying black to the classification committee. Lois Ann Helgeson seconded. The motion passed with one dissenter.


Richard Parshall suggested phone tree communication. Wayne was not comfortable with this process because of the potential for miscommunication. If e-mail were used, Marge Schnerr could contact Roger Miller and Dick could contact Bill Bonneywell.

Bicolor and Multicolor Varieties


Wayne recommended that all multicolored dahlias that possess a white or other colored tip from ¼ to 1/6 be classified as a bicolor even though the cultivar may also represent a variegated or blend coloration. All present agreed unanimously.


Jerry Landerholm asked that the description for these cultivars be clarified. Wayne and Eleanor will work on such a description.


Wayne noted the need for more recognition of multicolored dahlias. At the moment, we are promoting self-colored dahlias by the color classification system we use. Discussion ensued about ways to include more multicolored dahlias in shows. Laura Oldenkamp suggested a theme of “Celebrate Amazing Color” in our shows.


Steve Nowotarski averred that the first thing that the public sees is color. We need to make color more inclusive. Richard Parshall mentioned one of the difficulties that we now have stems from the ADS mandate that an even distribution of color must exist in the multicolored dahlias and this makes no sense with a genetically unstable variety. Ron Miner added that the UK and others say that they are boxed in by color and have problems with multicolored varieties. Karen Zydner mentioned that we needed to report color accurately. Marian Landerholm offered that educators tended to place things in “neat boxes.” We need to think through the process. Alan Fisher wants light blends broken down into more classes.




Wayne discussed the variations of color that appear in Valley Porcupine. He does not want the same thing to happen here that happened with Hamilton Lillian. He wonders if members of the ADS are as tuned into sports as are those in the UK (Hornseys, Pastelles, etc.).


Steve Nowotarski won both single and triple of Valley Porcupine and thinks it is sporting. Richard Parshall added that David and Leone Smith almost didn’t introduce Valley Porcupine because of its instability. That is why they used the prefix Valley and not Chimacum. Karen Zydner asked if we were willing to label tubers as such. Wayne advised that we be aware of dahlias that sport and pursue accordingly.

ADS Color Guide Chip Identification


Wayne has asked representative senior judges from different parts of the country to provide chip numbers for many of the cultivars that they encounter. Most likely, the classification committee will have a big task next year, dealing with cultivars that have a different color than exists currently in the classification. He asked all to refrain from making change requests for those cultivars that are on the borderline and just submit obvious classification mistakes.


With regard to classification, white is ignored. Therefore a dark blend that has purple or dark red with a majority of white will be classified as a dark blend. On the surface, it may appear incorrect to employ such a process, but it does allow for easy classification since a judge can refer to the blend colors and immediately determine whether a blend is a light, dark, or flame blend. Wayne explained that the amount of color on a variety can vary from one part of the country to another. It becomes much easier to classify if white is ignored. Those present agreed to follow this process. See pages 6 and 7 in the 2006 Classification Book and pages 12 and 13 in the Guide to Judging Dahlias. Except for a cultivar where the majority color is white, use the majority color to determine white. If white is the dominant color, the next most prevalent color will determine the class.


2003-2007 Composite Listing of Dahlias


Those in attendance recommended that the new composite listing of dahlias include all of the listed cultivars from 1976-2007. Wayne and Eleanor will work toward completing this project for the next growing season. It will entail creating a substantial amount of work.


Meeting Adjourned. 9:30 AM





Attached is the Trial Garden Report as sent to Norm Hines. Since there is still some discussion over the classification of some of the entries and there is at least one cultivar that wasn’t included in the report, there will be an “Addition and Correction” in the Spring Bulletin. Dick kohlschreilbe


Trial Gardens: B=Bonneyville; C=Canby; E=Eastern; MA=Mid Atlantic; M=Minnesota; S=Spokane; T=Tacoma; V=Victoria.


Bold type indicates three or more scores of 85.0 or higher.



147 – HOLLYHILL SAMURAI – Kennedy – ASC DR – 85.8C; 86.7E;

141 – HY DEBUT – Holland – ASC W – 86.1V

022 – HY MOAB – Holland – AAID Y – 85.5V

150 – JAC’S AMY – Stout – ASC LB Y/Pk – 87.4B; 86.7MA; 85.6S; 87.83T = 87.3

145 – MINGUS CINDY LOU – Mingus – ASC DPk 85.8E;

129 – PENHILL H. BRUK – Maritz – AID Pr – 86.0MA; 85.1S

142 – WINDHAVEN VICTORY – Romano – ASC Y – 85.0E; 85.7MA; 87.0MA(2005) = 85.9

142 – WYN’S SENSATION – Wynne – ASC Y – 87.7MA; 86.0S; 86.4B; 85.0E; 85.2M; 88.5T = 87.5



250 – ADORA – Maxwell – BSC LB W/L – 87.7MA; 86.3T; 85.6B = 86.6

250 – ALPEN BILL – McClaren – BSC LB W/L – 87.0B; 89.0M; 88.6T; 85.3E; 87.0S = 88.2

244 – BAR TOPPER – Barnes – BSC Pk – 85.2B

230 – BLOWN DRY – Larkin/Zydner – BID LB Pk/Y – 85.4E; 87.0T; 86.0MA = 86.1

250 – COLORADO SWALLOW – Cook, Calvin – BSC LB W/L – 86.5S

284 – DIANNA – Pettersen – B Lc Pk – 86.4E

232 – DR. JOHN E. KAISER – Mingus – BID Fl – 85.9B; 85.0E; 87.3S; 85.7T = 86.3

245 – HIGH BID – Larkin/Zydner – BSC DP – 85.8E; 85.8S; 85.0T = 85.6

241 – HILLTOP BLUSH – Dean – BSC W – 86.7MA

244 – HOLLYHILL CHLOE – Kennedy - BSC DB DP/Or – 86.3C

286 – LADY LUISE – Stach – B LC R – 85.02V

227 – MAN’S DANIA M – Manwell – BID DR – 87.5S

282 – NORTHLAKE HERITAGE – Boley – B LC Y – 85.6B; 87.3M

222 – RYECROFT ALEX – Godsmark – BID Y – 85.7MA; 86.8E; 85.0B = 85.8

272 – SKIPLEY CLAUDIA J – Williams – BIC Fl – 86.7B; 85.7S; 86.6T = 86.4

235 – SKIPLEY SWINGTIME – Williams – BID Bi R/W – 85.0B

262 – SNOHO BUTTERSCOTCH – Bonneywell – BC Y – 85.2S

288 – TAHOMA DANIELLE – Connell – B LC L – 87.6T

290 – TAHOMA POWDER PUFF – Connell – B LC LB Pk/Y – 85.3B; 86.7E; 87.7MA 87.5MA(2005) = 87.3



341 – ALEXIS K. JEWEL – Field – BBSC W – 87.3MA; 85.0B

304 – ALPEN ALLIE – McClaren – BBFD Pk – 85.2S

313 – ALPEN SUNDOWN – McClaren – BBFD DB Pr/Y – 88.0MA; 85.8E

326 – BAR IDEAL – Barnes – BBID R - 85.0MA; 85.2M;

308 – BAR VELVET – Barnes – BBFD L – 85.3MA

307 – BARBARRY ATOM – Davies – BBFD DR 86.2E; 85.5T

309 – BARBARRY SWIFT – Davies – BBFD Pr – 85.2T

350 – BOURNEMOUTH BELLE – Stock – BBSC LB Pk/Y – 85.0E; 85.7MA; 85.3T = 85.3

361 – FELIDA SNOWFLAKE – Toedtli – BBC W – 87.9B; 87.7E; 86.4T; 87.1S = 87.6

382 – G&M GABRIEL – Cook, Gus – BB LC Y – 85.5T

310 – GOLD CANYON – Stach – BBFD LB Or/Y – 85.0MA

310 – HELEN’S MR. T 2 – Bair – BBFD LB Y/Pk – 87.3T

313 – HIGH PLAINS MAJESTY – Kaufman – BBFD DB DPk/W – 87.2M

382 – HOLLYHILL LEMON SLICE – Kennedy – BB LC Y – 85.2C; 85.4E; 85.2S = 85.3

302 – KEATING ORBIT – Willoughby – BBFD Y – 86.8V

362 – KINDRED SPIRIT – Hammett – BBC Y – 86.3T; 85.0MA

313 – MAYNE TARYN – Lauckner – BBFD DB DP/Y – 85.1V

313 – MOON SHADOW – Larkin/Zydner – BBFD DB Or/R – 85.3MA; 86.6M

323 – NANCY’S FAVORITE – Keator – BBID Or – 85.7M

314 – SB’S LEMON FLECK – Boley – BBFD V Y/R 85.0E; 85.0B

365 – TAHOMA SAUNDRA – Connell – BB C DP – 86.5T

370 – TAHOMA SANDS – Connell – BB C LB Or/Y – 85.5T

314 – TAHOMA SPLASH – Connell – BBFD V DP/R – 87.5T

301 – WHITE HAMILTON LILLIAN – Haskins - BBFD W – 85.7MA



405 – AMETHYST GLOW – Stach – MFD DP – 88.0MA

401 – BAR LEGACY – Barnes – MFD W – 85.0S; 85.0B

402 – CHERISH – Gitts – MFD Y – 86.0S

415 – CHIMACUM LUKE – Smith – MFD Bi Or/W – 85.375B; 85.0

408 – COLT 45 – Hammett – MFD L – 86.0MA; 85.5T

415 – GRAMMA’S LEMON PIE – Gitts – MFD Bi Y/W – 85.0B; 85.3E; 87.3MA = 85.9

443 – HOTSHOT – Larkin/Zydner – MSC Or – 85.0T; 90.6M; 85.3MA = 87.0

405 – KEATING SONATA – Willoughby – MFD DP – 85.0V

409 – LA VERA – Ahl – MFD Pr – 85.0B

413 – PARKLAND SERENITY – Rowse – MFD DB DP/Y – 87.0E; 85.8S

401 – RYECROFT DAVE’S CHOICE – Godsmark – MFD W – 89.3MA; 88.4T; 86.0B; 87.7E = 88.5

406 – STEVAN’S VANDA – Cox – MFD R – 87.7T

415 – TAYLOR – Ahl – MFD Bi R/W – 85.2B

403 – VALLEY TAWNY – Smith – MFD Or – 86.3T; 85.6B

401 – WEE EMMA – Stevens – MFD W – 85.0E; 86.7M; 85.0B = 85.6

406 – WOODLAND’S JEAN – Mishler – MFD R – 87.5B; 86.2E



509 – HILLTOP IVAN – Dean – Ba Pr – 85.7MA

506 – VALLEY REDHEAD – Smith – Ba R – 85.0E; 89.0T; 87.0B = 87.0




522 – LULU ISLAND DAD – Howard – MB Y – 86.7B; 85.5E; 85.6S; 85.6T = 86.0

527 – TAHOMA ADDISON – Connell – MB DR – 85.0B; 85.0E; 87.5T = 85.8

525 – TAHOMA ELI – Connell – MB DP – 85.8T



554 – IRISH SPECKLES – Boley – P V Pk/Pr – 86.7B; 87.0E; 87.1S; 89



569 – CLEARVIEW ERIN – Parshall – ST Pr – 87.2B; 86.0M; 85.2S; 87.1T = 86.8

562 – MIKEY TOO – Schwink – S DP – 85.0S

575 – MS JULIE – Boley – ST Bi R/W – 85.5B; 85.3E; 85.7T = 85.5



607 – KARMA CHOCOLATE – Verver – WL DR – 86.25B; 85.3E;

610 – SANDIA MELODY – Boley – WL LB L/W – 85.3S



669 – JAC’S SASHAY – Stout – Co Pr/db/r/w – 88.5B; 85.0S; 85.3MA; 85.0T = 86.3

674 – MINGUS LOREN P – Mingus – Co V W/Pr/v/pr/w – 85.7B; 85.2C; 85.3E; 86.0T; 86.3S = 86.35



706 – HILLTOP ZOE – Dean – S R – 85.3MA



735 – ALPEN M&M – McClaren – MS Bi R/L – 86.1S



747 – VERRONE’S SOPHIE – Verrone – O DR/y – 85.5E; 86.0B; 87.6T = 86.4






142 - WYN’S SENSATION – Wynne – ASC Y – 87.5 Avg.


250 – ALPEN BILL – McClaren – BSC LB W/L – 88.2 Avg.


361 – FELIDA SNOWFLAKE – Toedtli – BBC W – 87.6 Avg.


401 – RYECROFT DAVE’S CHOICE – Godsmark - MFDW - 88.5 Avg.


554 – IRISH SPECKLES – Boley – P V Pk/Pr – 87.8 Avg.



569 – CLEARVIEW ERIN – Parshall – ST Pr – 86.8 Avg.




747 – VERRONE’S SOPHIE – Verrone – O DR/y – 86.4 Avg.





Victoria Dahlia Trial Garden Fall 2006 report

Barry Willoughby


The Victoria Trail Garden was put to bed for the winter on Saturday October
14th when 15 members of the Victoria Dahlia Society dug the border dahlias, put
them away for the sale next spring and cleaned up the Trial Garden area. The
final event for the bed this year is to add and spread a load of composted
manure donated by society members Graham and Diedre Randall. Thanks to
everyone, judges and helpers for another successful year.

There were twenty one entries planted last spring and all the paperwork was
completed and forwarded to entry owners and the ADS early in October. Fourteen
senior/accredited judges did 135 seedling evaluation reports and two candidate
judges did 16 for a total of 151 evaluations. Six entries received a score of
over 85 and these included one miniature, two BBs, one B, one A and one AA. The
results will be published in the December ADS bulletin. We wish to again thank
all the judges for their contribution to this endeavor and the entrants who
provided their seedlings to us for evaluation.


Spokane Trial Garden

Bob & Joni Beasley

Trial Garden Fall 2006

We were glad to finally clean up the Trial Garden this year. Weather was a true challenge for the entire growing season from too wet then too hot and moving on to late, late bloomers, most of which were the victims of the "too wet/too hot" the 2 weeks following planting. Being in a city park also left us dealing with a few vandalized plants and even the lawn mower cutting comers.

All in all we passed 25 out of the 50 initial entries. Eleven were not judgeable from loss to late blooming. We felt that our judges did well! Larry Manwell had the highest scorer in Spokane with Dania M., Dick Williams, Bill Bonneywell and Dick Parshall ( all 4 growers from Snohomish) had entries passing as well. The Pacific Northwest growers have some superb new introductions ... consider these Northwest Growers we were lucky enough to have as well. Phil Mingus, Ted Kennedy, Jim Stout, Nick Gitts, Eric Toedtli, Steve Boley, Bill Schwinck and the late Jim Rowse -ALL had entries passing too.

We also had a truly international garden his year with The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, England and South Africa entering in our garden as well.

Our Dahliafax Editor and the ADS Image Librarian (and Creator of the new Library) Claudia Biggs was beside herself with glee to discover and entry from Dick Williams was named for her. "Skipley Claudia J" a Brilliant Flame Cactus and it passed as well!!! Boy was that hard to keep a secret from her but we pulled it off!

Thank you to all of the growers sending us tubers and cuttings and the judges that gave of their time and expertise in helping us be the success we were.





From the Societies



Larry Smith


As of this writing, it is once again election season and Portland Dahlia Society is right in the mix as we seek officers for the 2007-2008 cycle (and without all of the negative campaign ads).

2006 brought an odd growing year in the Portland area, with many members reporting successes and failures among their various plantings. My garden was typical of local results, having some plants that stunted and never bloomed and some that produced a profusion of blooms that contended for best bloom in show all season long. We had a relatively early frost this year, just prior to Halloween, that nipped some of my plants that were just setting on their first blooms. Right after frost, the deluge came and kept the ground too wet to dig and divide. Such is the life of a dahlia grower in the Northwest, you just have to go with what you are given weather wise.

Looking back on the show season, PDS made quite a splash at the PNDC shows. We had several members become Sweepstakes winners and others winning best of show awards. Now that we are putting our gardens to bed for the season, it

is time to celebrate our successes. First, we had our annual seedling

contest among members. This was quite a success, attracting about 40 new varieties started from seed in 2006. We gave awards for best potential show flower, best cut flower, and most unusual. We also chose Pam Howden to be

our 2007 Flower of the Year. Our November program featured photography, where members showed off their best dahlia pictures and competed for prizes.

December will feature our annual holiday dinner and bingo bash. In January, we have our annual Board Meeting to plan for the upcoming year, always an energetic and enthusiastic exchange. At that time, there will be a drawing among our members who propagate new varieties and the winner will select our 2007 Challenge Flower.




Lane County

Lexa Cookson


The Lane County Dahlia Society has had a very successful Fall. September saw our annual show at the Oakway Mall. Lots of out of town guests joined our Society for a wonderful weekend. Once again our head table was packed with beautiful blooms. We had an outstanding turnout from the public to see the show. Twice we ran out of informational flyers and five new members joined.

In October we met and enjoyed viewing the ADS 2005 Photo Contest slide show. We were all inspired to take more pictures and give the contest a try this year. We also had many guests at this meeting and four more folks joined.

Our last meeting of the year in November, might have been our best! We spent most of the meeting giving hands on demonstrations at small tables on tuber division and storage. Because of the wonderful publicity push, we had over fifty people arrive that night. It was a really great evening with visitors asking questions and enjoying refreshments while seasoned members acted as hosts. At the end of the night, we signed ten new members which brought our membership up to 101!

In December we will meet at the home of the Shantz’ to plan 2007. The Lane County Dahlia Society enters next year full of new energy, new ideas and excitement. Here is wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and great Growing in 2007.



Diana Blackmer


Congratulations to all the 2006 Seattle Dahlia Society Show winners – we had many outstanding entries, especially several new seedlings from northwest originators (who are also Seattle Dahlia Society members), and some new varieties not often seen. We are especially proud of Richard Johnson, one of our youngest members, and his dark red orchid seedling.

We hope everyone is nearly through putting all the tubers away for a nice winter’s nap in a cool and dry place ready to burst forth with life in the spring. Time to dream about the dahlias you want for your 2007 garden as well.

Our immeasurable thanks to our outgoing 2006 officers.

Fred Hammagren: for his outstanding contribution to our club this year serving as president and chairing our 49th Annual Show. Fred facilitated moving our show to a great new location at the Lake City Community Center (in northeast Seattle). The new “digs” are perfect for dahlia exhibition (pun intended) – plenty of room and street level entrances. We hope many more dahlia growers will join with us next Labor Day in the same great Lake City location for our 50th Annual Show. This promises to be an auspicious event!

Nancy Spangler: Vice President, for providing good programs all year long – we have learned much from her hands-on educational agendas each month.


Welcome to a new slate of officers for 2007:

President:                    Nancy Spangler

Vice President:           Curtis MacMillan

Secretary:                   Karen Lorentzen

Treasurer:                   Tom Ball

Corr. Secretary:          Diane Blackmer

Trustee:                       Cora Schlecter

Trustee:                       Dick Williams

Trustee:                       Buz Carter


The Seattle Dahlia Society is pleased to announce that member Deb Milan has been working hard to provide our very own website which she hopes to have ready for visitors soon. We are very excited about this new way of communicating quickly to our members and friends. Please be sure to share your pictures of dahlias, dahlia gardens, and dahlia events with her plus articles you find interesting or educational about dahlia horticulture or exhibition.


We will all come with bells on for our Annual Christmas Party on December 21 (Thursday) at Calvin Presbyterian Church (in Richmond Beach/Shoreline). All are welcome to enjoy Tom’s famous roast turkey and baked ham plus all the trimmings contributed by our group of fabulous cooks. We always have a wonderful time and, of course, the company is outstanding!


Victoria Dahlia Society

Bill McLachlan


The VDS has had a busy summer. Our annual Barbecue was held the

beginning of August at Phil Newton's and Teresa Thom's home. The Barbecue was preceded by garden tours of three members gardens. Our flower show in August was very successful. We had our Show Banquet at the Princess Mary Restaurant with some 41 members and guests in attendance.

 The newly located Trial Garden proved to be a bit challenging for Barry and his crew of helpers but in the end results were satisfactory. The club has purchased a bench/table for the Trial Garden.

The VDS has launched a project to obtain some new Cultivars for our member’s gardens. We will be placing an order to Clacks in Oregon. The club will subsidize the shipping costs of up to ten tubers that members purchase and will as well purchase some 20 new cultivars for our Trial Garden.

 At the November Meeting a Tuber Auction was held with Eric Roberts auctioneer extraordinaire auctioning off a considerable number of Tubers. The bidding was fast and furious and the VDS netted $141.50 at the end of the bidding war.

The VDS election at the November meeting saw some new faces and some old ones on the new Executive. The new Executive will be led by our energetic new President Paul McKittrick with Barry Willoughby as VP, Ang Lavergne PP, Bill McLachlan Sec. Penelope Wood Treas. and Directors -- Connie Young-Davis, Eric Roberts, Teresa Thom, Diedre and Graham Rendall and Ralph Hellens.

The final event of the year will be our Christmas Party hosted by Connie Young-Davis at the Holiday Inn. We are all looking forwarded to the coming Holiday Season with visions of next years Dahlias dancing in our heads. The very best of the coming holiday season to you all. May your Christmas Holiday be a safe and enjoyable time with family and good friends.


Another Successful Show! Please check the PNDC Web Site for a list of our Victoria Dahlia Society Show winners at the Hillside Mall Show held August 12-13 2006.

We are always grateful for the support from other dahlia societies - especially our friends from the Nanaimo Dahlia Society and the Seattle Dahlia Society.

Paul McKittrick, Show Secretary



Connie Thompson


It is now mid-November and most of us have our dahlias out of the ground as the wet, cool November weather is upon us. Mine have been in storage for several weeks and before I turn around twice it will be time to take them out I am sure.

We have had our Election of Officers at our Annual General Meeting last Saturday, and other than Reg Cluett becoming our new Secretary all other positions remain the same. Many thanks to Heinz Sperber who has acted as our Secretary for the past couple of seasons. Also many thanks to our new slate of Officers for their dedication to the club. Our next meeting will be held in February 2007.

We have booked a date for our Annual Tuber Sale for 2007. It will be held April 28th at Country Club Mall. Judy Stephens has kindly offered to head up the team. Thanks Judy.

We wish you one and all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with much

happiness, health and. hopefully prosperity for 2007 and beyond. May 2007 bring us a warm and sunny year, a great growing season, and the health to do all the chores that come along with this!



And AlmostFinally!


I would take this opportunity to thank each of you who took the time to write something for this Newsletter. Without your inputs we just couldn’t publish it. Remember, if you have some ideas as to what you would like to see in the Newsletter please let me know. For the March issue it would be very enlightening, (especially for our novice growers), if we could have an article or two on soil preparation and/or how we care for our tubers at that time of year.

I would also take this opportunity to wish each of you the happiest of holidays. Hope to see many of you at the Spring meeting in Portland.





                             Tom Ball, Editor







Late news Flash!!!

ADS Board Meets by Phone


The ADS Executive Board held a meeting by conference call on November 5. The meeting was chaired by President Jerry Landerholm.Rick Peters will assume the responsibility for maintaining and improving the communication between the ADS and the local societies. One of the items discussed was the need for the ADS Representatives to have e-mail capability or to provide the address of another society member who can forward information to the ADS Representative. This will be important in the future to reduce the cost and speed the dissemination of information to the societies.


The ADS is working on the production of a wall chart that will show the basic fundamentals of dahlia growing for new members. It is expected to be available by mid-January, 2007. This is planned to be used as an incentive gift for new members and will replace the “Grow Guide” when the current supply of the grow guide is exhausted. An updated “Grow Guide” is being developed by a committee, but will not be available for a while.


The ADS is looking into the possibility of having a collapsible, easily shippable table top display with graphics that would be suitable for use at major flower shows and National shows.


The next Executive Board Meeting will be in the Atlanta area on April 13,14 and 15. 



IEDS Fall 2006

Joni Beasley

The IEDS is wrapping up the last of the 2006 comings and goings. Our show, which we held to a 2 day function, was a better success than we had hoped. A 2 day event was just perfect after several decades of a four + days show. We were given the last weekend of the Interstate Fair and it was a weekend too late for some growers several lost ALL due to frost. Next year we may re-think the last weekend and resume holding it on the 1st weekend dependent on what the fair officials offer us. Many thanks to the Balls from Seattle and the four Montana dahlia growers for attending and show.

The Trial Garden was put to bed and the V A hospital garden cut and dug for further sales benefiting our tuber sales in the spring.


Our last meeting was a combination photo contest and election of 2007 officers. New officers are:

President: Greg Smith

Vice President: Bob Beasley

Secretary: Joni Beasley

Treasurer: Anita Smith

1st Year Trustee: Claudia Biggs

2nd Year Trustee: Norm Anselmo

3rd Year Trustee: Bill Swanstrom


Membership is being assumed by Claudia Biggs our Dahliafax Editor. Send all IEDS dues to her, made out to IEDS.

Our Holiday Party will be held on December 2, it will include an exchange gift and a toy for those who care to participate to be donated to "Toys For Tots".

Tom Ball has very graciously agreed to do a judging school for us in 2007. Thank you Tom! Dates to be announced at later.

We look forward to 2007 and the newest challenges we are sure will crop up ... they always do!

Happy Holidays to all!