Sunday, July 12, 2020

Annual Tuber Sale - Covid-19 - Zoom Get-togethers - Facebook Posts


Blue Skies, Masks and Friends at our Annual Tuber Sale!


 Bet you can't guess who these people are!


The Dahlia Society made the decision to give away the tubers this year.  The tuber exchange was in the parking lot of the Sugarhouse Garden Center and gained a bit of interest from the community.  We gained additional members at this exchange.  We gave each member a choice of 10 dahlias each.  As you can see from the picture above, our members are 6 feet apart, all have masks and are still healthy.  Gardening is a stress reliever.


Zoom Meeting - July 9th

1.  Our Utah Dahlia Exhibition Show is tentatively being held on Sept 19th.  Place and decision to have a show this year are still under consideration. 
2. Please post any pictures of dahlias you would like to show on our Utah Dahlia Society Facebook page each Friday.  This is one way we can be joyful during these crazy times with the beauty of dahlias.  Be safe everyone.



Friday, April 10, 2020

Utah Dahlia Society Annual Tuber Sale 

 Saturday April 25, 2020 

Due to Covid-19 our sale will be different this year.  Here are the guidelines.

Date:  Saturday April 25th.
Time:  Sale will start at 10:00 and end at Noon.
Location: Parking lot of Sugarhouse Garden Center (1610 East 2100 South) SLC.

Special Instructions:

1.  Bring your own mask and gloves.
2.  Bring your own container to take them home in.
3.  Bring your own marker to mark your tubers since we won't be bagging them.
4.  We will enforce social distancing and only one person at a time will go through the tubers.


For those of you who have tubers to donate, you can bring them to the sale.  If you choose to post the types of tubers you have, please do so on our Facebook page.  

Julie and Ryan Williams will bring the members of the Utah Dahlia Society the club flower Ken's Choice and plants you ordered to this sale.  The club flower this year is Ken's Choice.  

Please join us for this tuber sale.  Most gardeners love to hug and so this will be a new experience this year with social distancing.   Let's make this work.

Friday, December 13, 2019

November 9, 2019 Tuber Dividing and Annual Awards Banquet


Dahlia Society meets at Dick Taylor's garden at 1:00 pm to a warm November 9th day to help divide the tubers.  The tubers were designated the green ones on the floor of the garage that were positively identified and the red ones in wheel barrow's on his side yard where their identify was uncertain.  What a variety he shares of healthy looking tubers.

Dick Taylor smiles as he holds up the longest tuber ever seen in Utah!



Garage floor with a cover of neatly labeled dahlias.  We had our work cut out for us (pun intended)


Dick's Daughters help after they dug up all the dahlias and arranged the garage floor.



Check out the highlights of our 2 some odd hours spent cutting, visiting, packaging and storing.   I frankly learned allot about dividing from these experts.  Dick has so graciously donated his dahlias to our Spring Tuber sale for 2020.  He has a tremendous selection and if they store well we will have some great choices.  Thanks Dick and Marilyn for making this a fun event for all of us.

Spence Mortensen expert cutter
Megan Badger and Marilyn Taylor label and bag.


Ryan & Julie Williams and Karen Crook are pros at cutting.
Megan and Ryan load up for storage up North.


Awards Banquet is held at Joe Morley's Barbecue in Midvale.  We were lucky to have an excellent wait staff with Jan Lister's granddaughter.  Julie Williams spoke to the 23 in attendance.  Winner at the head table receive an absolutely beautiful book about DAHLIAS.   Of course Megan didn't highlight her best of show award and all the others.  We all know how beautiful Doris was that day.  Thanks to Spence and Emily Mortensen for their donation of cut flowers to our fall show.  Once again Clea Hurst for her work as show chairman.

This brings 2019 to a close.  See you all in the spring.  
Award for making the head table


Megan Badger, Jan Lister, Dan and Elizabeth Palmer

Julie and Ryan Williams and their girls. Karen Crook, Sandy Allred, Dick and Marilyn Taylor & Barbara and Bill Hughes

Chris and Becky Swalberg, Clea and Linda Hurst, Dave and Marie Ross and Emily and Spence Mortensen





Megan Badger and Karen Crook Present to Clea Hurst









Sunday, September 29, 2019

2019 Utah Dahlia Society Show Results

It takes a wonderful President like Julie Williams to communicate to us throughout the year and many committed dahlia growers to put on a beautiful show as this one.  Many people take on multiple roles and we pulled it off again on September 21, 2019.

Many Thanks go to:
  • Show Co-Chairman Clea Hurst & Daniel Hsiao
  • Show setup by Megan Badger, Karen Crook, Clea Hurst and Becky Swalberg.  
  • Flowers Donated by Spence and Emily Mortensen.  
  • Judges, Ryan Williams, Stephan Lecheminant, Bill Hughes and Becky Swalberg.  
  • Clerks, Julie Williams, Clea Hurst and Jan Lister.  
  • Daniel Hsiao for organizing the cleanup crew. 



Many beautiful entries this year!   Thanks to all who participated.  


Small Flower Arrangements




Large Flower Arrangements
Spence and Emily Mortensen's Cut Flowers for Sale.







Here is the lineup and winners in our show. 

Karen Crook - Best AA - AC Ben


Megan Badger - Best A - Doris B




Ryan and Julie Williams - Best B - Francesca Evangelista
Stephen Lecheminant - Best BB - Hollyhill Angela
Megan Badger - Best Ball-Blyton Softer Gleam & Miniture-Jack Frost
Julie & Ryan Williams - Best Pom-Elfin & Exotic-Midnight Star
Karen Crook - Best 3 Blooms with B FD Thomas Edison
Becky Swalberg - Best Arrangement
Best of Show goes to Megan Badger!


Congratulations Megan Badger for Doris B - Best of Show stunning flower.  Doris's head is bigger than Megans!
Megan and Karen battle for the largest bloom.  Megan Badger wins with Maki on the left.  Let's just say the judges were divided on this one.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Utah Dahlia Society Exhibition Sept 21, 2019



It's Show and Tell Time for Utah Dahlia Society!!!  


Our Annual Utah Dahlia Society Exhibition Show is ONE Day Only, on Saturday  September 21st at the Sugarhouse Garden Center (1610 East 2100 South) from 1:00 to 5:00 PM

To enter your dahlias bring them staged or come to the center between 8:00 and 9:45 am.  Be ready because judging starts at 10:00 am sharp.

We hope to see you this year!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Annual Tuber Sale - Friday April 26th


Utah Dahlia Society Annual Tuber Sale Friday, April 26th


Brief Meeting: 5:30 pm for UDS Members
Tuber Sale for UDS Members only: starts at 6:00 pm
Location:  Sugarhouse Garden Center (1610 East 2100 South) SLC
Membership Details:  If you're not yet a member, but would like to join, you're welcome to come at 5:30 and sign up. The cost of membership is $28 for an individual, $32 for a family. This includes a membership to both the Utah Dahlia Society and the American Dahlia Society.


Sale Opens to the Public: 7:00 to 8:00 PM

NOTE FROM JULIE WILLIAMS:  

We think we'll have a great variety at the sale this year, with donations and all of the demonstration garden tubers.

It's not quite time to pull tubers out of storage yet - usually we do this about 3 weeks or so before planting. But if any of you think you may be able to donate tubers, please take a look at what you have and let JULIE WILLIAMS know how many and which varieties in the next couple of weeks so we can prepare labels and plan ahead.
  • Our Club Flower this year is Hollyhill Angela (which Stephen grew so beautifully last year and donated - thank you!) We will have one plant that night for all members.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Awards Dinner and Farewell to our Demo Garden

October 20, 2018 was a big day for the Utah Dahlia Society. 
We dug our tubers and had our awards dinner.


Karen and Megan at the demo garden

Thanks to Ryan, Julie, Alice, Daniel, Jan and Megan for processing the dahlia tubers. Also, Steve, Karen and Gary that are not in the photo.
We are saying farewell to our demo garden after several years and thank 
the Granger Community Church for their hospitality and support.





Our annual awards dinner was held at Joe Morely BBQ.  We had a smaller group this year because many of our members were out of town or not feeling well enough to attend.



 Head Table Winners
Steve was our big winner this year with 4 wins on the head table including best of show.
Sandy Allred is a new UDS member and won a head table spot her first year entering.
We missed our dear, Mark Hurst and his daughter Clea who were unable to attend.

Best of luck to everyone for a good year storing our dahlia tubers and look forward to seeing you all next spring.