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  • 26 Sep 2022 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The online sale of dahlia tubers from the DSV is suspended for the time being as current stocks of tubers have sold out. If we receive more supplies of tubers donated by members of the DSV over the next few weeks we will reopen the online sale.

  • 12 Sep 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    A field day will be held on Sunday 25 September from 11am to 2pm at the home of the DSV President, Pam Albutt and Les Albutt at 155 Victoria Road, Pearcedale. There will be demonstrations on how to split clumps of tubers and a hands-on workshop on taking cuttings from shoots. There will also be a pop-up stall offering quality tubers at a reasonable prices. The tuber sale will be restricted to members only, but visitors can sign up to become a member of the Society on the day. There will also be a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation. Wear sturdy shoes as the ground may still be muddy.

    RSVP Pam Albutt by email to pam.albutt@hotmail.com


  • 1 Sep 2022 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    The DSV Gold Service Award given to retiring DSV President, Dwight King has arrived at his home in Ohio. Dwight writes:“I feel very honoured to have received this award from the members of the society. There have only been a few to receive this special recognition. This will have a prominent place in our home. Thanks!”

  • 20 Jan 2022 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    The 2022 State Show Schedule has been finalised. The Schedule contains all the information you need to exhibit at the show: timelines, what you can enter, how to enter, rules of the show, hints for exhibitors and more.

    View the Schedule via a link on the Showing page or use the link here.

  • 16 Nov 2021 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    The Queensland Dahlia Society, host of the 2022 Dahlia Society of Australia Conference, has announced it will be held in Toowoomba form 10 to 12 June. Details will be posted on the Events page as they are confirmed.

  • 16 Nov 2021 8:01 PM | Anonymous

    Dwight and Alice King have decided to move their primary residence to Lakeside, Ohio, USA where they have spent the Northern Summer for many years. As a result Dwight will not stand for President at our AGM in May 2022.

    Dwight and Alice are currently in Ohio, unable to return to Australia because of Government and airline restrictions until January. On return Dwight will focus on the tasks of Show Manager for the DSV State Show, a role he has filled for many years, before leaving for the US at the end of March.

    Dwight has served as President with distinction for 16 years. He and Alice will both be missed.

  • 16 Oct 2021 11:48 AM | Anonymous

    Regrettably, we have had to cancel the Public Tuber Auction scheduled for 6 November and our October Members' Meeting will be held Online. Details to follow.

  • 16 Sep 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Shirley, wife of Life Member Bob Yeomans, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday 31st August 2021.

    Joy and Les Lawson remember Shirley as a life-long friend upon whom you could always rely at any time:

    “At our Annual State Dahlia show Shirley would be there, behind the scene, helping in many ways: setting up rooms, laying out the show benches, recording entries and awards, and, before leaving at night, watering every exhibitor vase to ensure each bloom looked its best the following day. Always with a smile and friendly word for everyone.”

    Sadly missed. Rest in Peace.

  • 16 Sep 2021 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    Now is the time of year to prepare the soil for planting starting from mid-October.

    A green crop planted in autumn can be chopped down and dug into the soil. Add fertilizers to encourage the soil organisms that break down the organic material provided by the green crop. If you did not grow a green crop, add organic material such as leaf mould, compost or manure. The ‘trench method’ of soil preparation – whereby the top soil is pushed to one side, a trench is dug, filled with organic matter, and then re-covered with the top soil – can be used.

    If there is insufficient nitrogen in the soil, the surface mulch will deplete it further and create a problem with the growth of the plants and, in particular, the leaves and photosynthesis.

    Tip from the Top

    There is a distinct advantage in combining animal fertilizers like chicken, pigeon, sheep, cow and blood & bone if they are available to you. I also like to add some quality mulch (lucerne, pea straw, seaweed) at the same time in my trench. This absorbs nitrogen and releases it at a later slower (more controlled) rate to the plants, even when the surface mulch absorbs nitrogen as it breaks down.

    Chris Michalopoulos, Life Member


  • 16 Sep 2021 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    This year, the Society will offer online tuber sales in the form of Members Mixed Mystery Packs of five tubers for $60 including postage:

    ❖ Each pack will contain labelled named varieties, but you will not know which varieties until you open the pack

    ❖ Each pack of five tubers will contain at least three distinct varieties

    ❖ The tubers will be ones grown by members who grow them for exhibition.

    An email message advising how to purchase one or more Mystery Packs will be sent as a separate communication. As well as raising funds for the Society, this sales approach is aimed at getting new growers off to a good start by providing them with good quality tubers.

    Tuber Donations

    ALL THIS WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE if experienced growers undertake to help newer growers get off to a good start by being willing to supply one or more Mixed Mystery Packs of five tubers, so that all orders can be fulfilled. The cost of postage will be reimbursed as a flat rate of $20 per package. If you are able to post at least one package to a nominated buyer please let Stanton know by reply email or directly to dsv.tuber.sales@gmail.com.

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