Monday, October 15, 2012

Dogs Love Dahlias Too

Just when we are getting ready to say goodbye to our dahlias for the season we discover we have another 
Utah Dahlia Society member.
Honorary member, 
Bentley and Lovely Lana, 
a match made in heaven.

(Phone photos usually don't have enough pixels for the blog but we had to make an exception for this one;)

Sunday, October 14, 2012


The Utah Dahlia Society Awards Banquet 
was held on October 10th at the Granger Christian Church which is the home to our 
Demonstration Garden.
We had frost in most of the Salt Lake Valley recently but luckily most of our garden was saved for this special event.
Thanks to Bill Hughes for most of the photos in this post and for his presentation of
 The National Show and Swan Island's Dahlia Festival.
Also, thanks to Megan Badger for arranging for the delicious Chinese Food, tablecloths, and the great trophies that were awarded.

 Steve LeCheminant and David Ross had time before the dinner and awards to check out the garden.
 Coral Gypsy
 Just Married

 The Williams and LeCheminants
 Spencer Mortensen, ADS representative with one of our big winners in this year's show, David Ross
Jan Litster and Elizabeth Palmer
 Dee and Elaine Davis
 Karen Crook and UDS Judge, Becky Hansen
 Dick Taylor
 Larry Stevens
 The heart and soul of the UDS, Megan Badger
 Our demonstration garden is still going strong even after some frost.  
Thanks to Mark Hurst, UDS President for heading up the volunteers who have taken care of this garden all season: Steve LeCheminant, David Ross, Dick Taylor, Megan Badger, Karen Crook, Lumpy Grayson, Sandy Burgess and Cheri Schultzke.

 Thanks again to Bill Hughes for his photos and presentation.
Best in Class winners Steve LeCheminant, Mark Hurst, Karen Crook, David Ross, and Julie and Ryan Williams.  Mark Hurst also won Best in Show.  
Not pictured is Art and Barbara Wuerth 
from Olympia, Washington.

4th Annual Exhibition Show

Our 4th Annual Exhibition Show
 was held on September 29th and 30th at 
the Sugarhouse Garden Center.
We had wonderful participation from our members
 and the public.
Megan Badger did a fantastic job as usual putting the show together.  She works tirelessly for the UDS and we all appreciate her efforts. 
 Nick Spencer also did a great job as our Show Chairperson and we appreciate his efforts as well.  
Thanks to everyone that participated and helped to make the show a success.
A highlight for us was entries from 
Art and Barbara Wuerth from Olympia, Washington. 
They drove 1760 miles round trip to be a part of our show.  
Art even helped judge.
Thanks to them for making the trip and making our show part of their fall line up.

We had 153 entries
Mark Hurst wins BEST OF SHOW with his Spartacus which was also the Best A
Thanks again to Spence Mortensen for donating his many blooms for our fund raiser.  Thanks too to Megan Badger, Cheri Schultzke and Karen Crook for cutting and arranging them.
Friends of the Utah Dahlia Society
 including Karen and Megan.  Karen's arrangement,
"Jessi's Wedding" won the People's Choice Award
We appreciated the support of Brian and his Doodles
Our photo contest for our 2013 Calendar
Art and Barbara Wuerth from Olympia, Washington
Bev Sudbury came to support the UDS
Best Arrangement by Julie and Ryan Williams
Best B- Citron De Capp-Ryan and Julie Williams
Best BB- Victoria Ann- Karen Crook
Best 3 Blooms- Jessie G- David Ross
Best AA- Hana Hitosuji- Stephen LeCheminant

Best Club Flower - Miss Delilah - Karen Crook
Best Exotic- Hollyhill Spiderwoman- Ryan and Julie Williams
Best Ball- Ivanette-David Ross
Best M- Martina- Art and Barbara Wuerth
Dee Davis admiring Nick Spencer's "Walter Hardisty"

If you would like a full list of our winners in each category let us know.  There is a PDF file available or we can send you a copy in the mail.

August Meeting

This is out of order but before posting all the news from our recent Exhibition Show
 I could not forget to mention our August meeting.
Our very generous and gracious hosts were 
Rich and Patty Tueller.  

 Their lovely back garden was a perfect place to showcase the blooms each of us brought to show off our early successes.
Many thanks to Rich and Patty for their hospitality and to Steve LeCheminant for giving us tips for staging our entries to the show.  Karen Crook gave a demonstration of how to arrange our dahlias for gifts or special occasions.