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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Utah Dahlia Society Social

Utah Dahlia Society's Summer Social
was held on August 19, 2017.

A huge THANK YOU to
Megan Badger and her family for hosting this fun event.
Also thank you to The Ukulele Group for the lovely entertainment.
The Badger family garden, delicious food and perfect weather made for a memorable evening.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Demonstration Garden

We planted the Demonstration Garden Saturday, May 13th.
Thanks to all that came to help so we were able to finish in record time.

Speaking of records, our tuber sale was our best ever!!!
Thank you to everyone for coming and for your support.  

Happy Dahlia Season!  
We hope it is a fantastic year for dahlias.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tuber Sale Information from Megan

The Utah Dahlia Society's Tuber Sale
 is this coming weekend!

The Sugarhouse Garden Center 
1604 East 2100 South

Friday the 28th 5 p.m. for Members,
 Saturday  the 29th 10 a.m. for the public 

Most Dahlia Tubers are $3.00 each 

We have some amazing varieties this year.... 
A big THANK YOU to:
 Dick Taylor, Mark Hurst, 
Stonehouse Dahlias, Ryan and Julie Williams, Bill Hughes, Jan Lister, Steve LeCheminant, Megan Badger, Karen Crook, and our own Demo Garden for the tuber donations.

 UDS members come Friday night for the best selection and to get your club flower cutting of KA's Cloud  (if you let me know you wanted one), compliments of Stonehouse Dahlias. 

If you can not make the sale please e-mail and we will do our best to fill your order by mail.  
There will be a postage fee to be determined by the amount you buy. We accept checks and Visa or MasterCard.  If Credit Cards are used the price of the tubers will be $4.00 each to cover costs.

Quanities are limited.  First come, first served.

ACAbby-B C
Alpen Cherub - CO

American Dawn
Bold Accent - BB SC
Cornel - BA
Gitts Attention - BB ID Lavender Perfection - A FD Sonic Bloom - BB ID

AC Ben
AC Darkhorse
ADS Centennial
Ala Mode
Alfred Grille
All That Jazz
Alloway Candy

Bloomquist Cayson S
Bloomquist Mildred C
Bishop of Auckland - S Blown Dry
Bristol Karma
Café Au Lait
Caliente - B FD
Campos Hush

Camano Sitka
Caproz Jewel of Arlene 

Cascade Ken - CO 
Charlotte Mae 
Chimicum Katie - BB FD 
Coral Gypsy
Cornel Ball
Creme de Casis

Dazzle Me
Dazzling Magie
Don’s Delight

Drummer Boy
Eden Barbosa
Edna C
Emory Paul
Evening Lady - BB FD

Gitt's Crazy
Fairway Spur
Gitts Attention
Grand Prix
Helen Richmond - B ID

 Hillcrest Candy
Hillcrest Sunfusion
Hissy Fitz
Holly Hill Jeanette 

HollyHill Cotton Candy
Hollyhill Cotton Candy B IC
 Horsefeathers - NX
Hy Patti
Hy Sockeye
I’m a Hottie

Jan's Delight
Joey Joshua
Inland Dynasty
Inland Dynasty - AA SC

Ken's Choice
Ketchup and Mustard
Kiera Pompadour
Kyli Bug
La Luna
Lakeview Glow
Little Scottie - P
Lovely Lana
Maggie C

Mango Madness
Midnight Moon
Miracle Princess
Mikayla Miranda 

Mingus Randy - A SC 
Miss Delilah
Ms. Kennedy
Neon Splendor
NTAC Eliza - CO

Pam Howden - WL

 Parkland Rave
Paul Smith - BA 

Peaches - BB FD 
PeeGee-B LC 
Peelling - B FD
Pink Esquire
Pooh - CO
Pretty Pien
Puget Sparkle-
Purple Haze

Que Sera
Rogue Starburst Serrano
Show n Tell
Sir Alfred Ramsy

Smarty Pants 
Snoho Sonia
Star's Favorite
Swan's Sunset
Sweet Dreams

Tahoma Big M
Tahoma Bill B
Thomas Edison

Verrone's DF 

Verrone's Obsidian VooDoo
Wanda's Aurora
Winkie Colonel
Wildcat - M SC 

Woodland Fiesta 
Wynn's Ghostie 
Zoey Rey 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


The Utah Dahlia Society 
Annual Tuber Sale will be held on 
April 28 & 29 
at the Sugarhouse Garden Center
 1610 East 2100 South.  
UDS Tuber sale: Friday April 28th 
(for UDS members only... but anyone can join for $20)
 5-8 p.m.

 Saturday April 29
(open for everyone
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or until tubers are gone
 (whichever comes first)
*if you have any tubers to donate for the sale, please let us know as soon as possible.

The above dahlia photo is our club flower for this year:
KA's Cloud
Stonehouse Dahlia's are donating the cuttings to our members.
Many thanks to them.

We are also happy to report that the method of storing our demonstration garden tubers described in our last post was a success.  

Last but not least we send our love to 
Mark Hurst, UDS President.  
He suffered a health issue this past month but is recovering.  We wish him well.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dreaming of Dahlias

    The weather here in Salt Lake is cold and dreary as we all expect this time of year.  The bright spot is when the reminders come in the mail and on the internet that it is time to order our dahlias for the upcoming season.  It makes the cold weather a little more bearable while you are choosing the next dahlia blooms to look forward to. 
(This is a good spot to send a shout out to if you are interested in ordering cuttings.  Now is the time, they are selling fast!)
     This scenario proves that Dahlias bring us joy year round....from the planning, to planting, to caring for the plants and then of course the fabulous blooms.  
Maybe not as joyful but an important part of growing and saving dahlias is the freeze and the process of storing the dahlias.  
      Our freeze was late this year so it was particularly painful to cut down our demonstration garden plants still loaded with beautiful blooms last 
Wednesday, November 16th.   
The tubers were dug and cleaned with Megan's air compressor which was a wonderful way to do that task.  The tubers were then labeled and packed in plastic bags that we had poked for air vents, covered with vermiculite then stored in card board boxes.
 Megan took them to Logan for cold storage. 
 We are hoping this method is our best and most productive yet.  

 Steve LeCheminant, Megan Badger, Sandy Burgess, Dick Taylor and Mark Hurst (not pictured) processing tubers.
(Karen Crook behind the camera)
Thanks to Bill Hughes for his help cutting down the plants.

The UDS annual Tuber Sale will be April 28th & 29th.
Watch for more details.