Friday, May 4, 2018

No Public Tuber Sales this Year and other news

I am sorry to report that there will be no public tuber sale this year.  Our tuber production was not what we hoped so The Utah Dahlia Society had to limit our sale to members only.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

In other news, Mark Hurst was honored on March 24th by the Utah Garden Club Association for his achievements.  He has been our Utah Dahlia Society President since it began in 2008 and has been a wonderful mentor to so many. We appreciate all he has done to promote growing dahlias in Utah and for being instrumental in starting our society.

Megan Badger and Spence Mortensen 
congratulate Mark on his Achievements

On April 27th
 we held our Member's Tuber Sale
 and welcomed new Board Members:
Mark Hurst will be passing his duties on to
Julie Williams as President of the UDS
Megan Badger's position of Secretary and Treasurer 
will be filled by
Jan Lister
Becky Swalberg will replace Karen Crook as Historian and will be taking over this blog in August
Bill Hughes will be taking over Spence Mortensen's duties as ADS Representative

We have had the same board members since our Society began in 2008 and appreciate all they have done.
Congratulations to our new board members and we look forward to their efforts that will make our great Society even better.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dreaming of Dahlias

     Just because it is cold outside here in northern Utah doesn't mean we don't think about our dahlias.  In fact, it is time to think about them because some of the dahlia suppliers have already sold out of some of the most popular varieties.
    I just got my very small orders in this past week.  Looking at all the varieties available makes me wish I had a much larger garden.
  These winter days also gives me time to organize the dahlia photos and make sure I have documented the 
Utah Dahlia Society events.  I have a file of a photos of each of our shows  from the beginning in 2008.   I didn't realize that our last show was our 10th!  

Here are photos from that first show through the last one:

October 11, 2008

September 26, 2009

September 25, 2010

 September 24, 2011

 September 29, 2012

 September 28, 2013

September 13, 2014

 September 27, 2015

September 25, 2016

 September 10, 2017

It is fun to look back and appreciate all of the fun we have had along the way. 
 (I am glad that my photo skills have gotten better too. )

Happy Dahlia shopping and we will see you next spring.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 Awards Dinner

 Our Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, November 4th.

We had our favorite Joe Morley BBQ and enjoyed seeing everyone before our winter break.
Head Table Winners
 We missed Ryan and Julie Williams,
 our Best of Show winners
 but congratulate them on their win and their new greenhouse they are building for Stonehouse Dahlias.

 A group photo of everyone that attended.

Demonstration Garden
   Megan started digging our demonstration garden tubers on October 23 then Stephan, Karen, Megan and Sandy finished the job on October 26.    The tubers were stored in 1 gallon bags with a couple of holes, vermiculite and about a tablespoon of sulphur then packed in cardboard boxes.  Megan took them to Logan to be stored in Ryan and Julie's cold storage at their new house.   Many thanks to them for storing our tubers and to Stephan for taking care of the water at the garden all summer. Also, thanks to everyone that came to help weed, disbud and anything else that needed to be done.
    Many of us have complained about having an off year this year for our dahlias.  As I look back at this blog we have had a few years that have had less than stellar results.  Could it be we are trying to grow these beautiful flowers in the desert?  What ever the reason the blooms we do get give us joy and are worth the trouble.
   Another side note is a nod to our President, Mark Hurst.  He had some health issues this year and his presence at the garden was missed.  We hope to see you more next year Mark.

Happy Garden planning for next year's blooms and a blatant  plug for our own Megan, Ryan & Julie's cutting business, 
Stonehouse Dahlias.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Gary & Robyn and Dick Taylor

First time dahlia growers
 Gary Clark and Robyn Holt
 may have beginners luck or the experience Gary has had with growing tomatoes and other vegetables have paid off.
Congratulations on your success!

 AC Ben
 Wanda's Aurora

Dick Taylor 
on the other hand has been growing dahlias for years.
Congratulations to you Dick for another great dahlia season and for spreading the dahlia love. 
 He shared that he takes a fresh bouquet of dahlias every few days to his local Home Depot for all to enjoy.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Karen Tesch Photos

 Karen Tesch was kind enough to gift us with her lovely photos from the show.
Thank you so much Karen!  
They are beautiful!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Exhibition Show

The Utah Dahlia Society's 
2017 Exhibition Show 
was held on 
September 9th and 10th.

Many thanks to our Judges: Becky Swalberg, William Hughes, Stephan LeCheminant and Ryan Williams.  
Clerks: Jan Lister and Elizabeth Palmer

 Best BB and Best of Show: Hollyhill Black Beauty 
Ryan and Julie Williams

Best Arrangement: Megan Badger

Best Exotic: Hollyhill Spider Woman  
Mark Hurst

Best Pompom: Glenplace
 Mark Hurst

Best M: Rock Run Emily 
Elizabeth Palmer

Best 3 Blooms: Elvira 
William Hughes

Best Ball: Snoho Doris 
Ryan and Julie Williams

Best B: Hilltop Lost Treasure 
Megan Badger

Best A: Mingus Wesley 
Stephan LeCheminant

Best AA: AC Ben
 Karen Crook

 Karen Crook

 William Hughes

Elizabeth Palmer

Mark Hurst

Ryan and Julie Williams

 Megan Badger

 Megan, Mark and Karen

Sandy Burgess
Show Chairperson

Megan, Karen and Sandy

Megan Badger
Utah Dahlia Society VIP

Congratulations to all of our 
Blue, Red and White Ribbon Winners!
Thank you to everyone that participated.  
We appreciated each of the 119 entries.