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  • 5 Dec 2023 10:04 PM | Anonymous

  • 28 Nov 2023 9:27 PM | Anonymous

    Dahlia Society of Australia

    2024 National Dahlia Championship

    The National Dahlia Championship in 2024 will be held as part of the DAHLIA SOCIETY of SOUTH AUSTRALIA Inc. Show and Championships.

     23rd - 24th March 2024
    Goodwood Community Centre
    32 – 34 Rosa St, Goodwood, Adelaide SA

    Show Schedule

  • 10 Nov 2023 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    CropBioLife Special Offer

    DSV Members Only
    You are invited to submit an Expression of Interest in taking up a CropBioLife special offer that has been negotiated by the DSV.


    At our March 2023 members meeting soil microbiologist Dr Mary Cole spoke on the benefits of dramatically improving poor soils by using chemical free composting and natural mineral elements.

    During her talk she referred to an Australian invented natural fertilizer called CropBiolife which provided outstanding increases in farm crop yields when applied to previously unproductive land.

    An Internet search on the use of CropBiolife indicates it is being used extensively by food producers worldwide with outstanding success.

    At the conclusion of Dr Cole’s talk there was much discussion on whether this product would significantly benefit the growing of dahlia plants and production of better blooms and how can it be obtained.

    About CropBioLife

    An investigation undertaken by DSV has found that CropBiolife is:

    • manufactured in Australia by Aussan Laboratories and supplied to agricultural industries worldwide.
    • currently sold in bulk 5 litre ($500), 10 litre ($1000) and 20litre ($2000) containers and can only be purchased from Aussan Laboratories.
    • a concentrated liquid with a dilution rate of 2ml to 10litres of water.
    • applied three times during the growing season via folia spray or soil drench.

    There is evidence that CropBiolife significantly reduces pest attack and disease by increasing the health of the plant.

    See also: What is CropBioLife?

    The Carbon Garden

    To cater for home gardeners Aussan Laboratories have established an online garden club called The Carbon Garden. Initial membership costs $200 and includes a “Starter Kit” containing;

    • a 100 ml dropper bottle of CropBiolife.
    • 2 bottles of specialist mixes of plant tonic and plant food.
    • various garden tools.
    • Gardening work bag.
    • There is an annual membership fee of $100 after the first year.

    The Offer

    In response to an approach from the DSV, the management of Aussan Laboratories have made the following offer:

    • allow DSV members to become The Carbon Garden members at no charge and not requiring them to purchase the starter kit.
    • the yearly membership renewal fee of $100 would be waivered for DSV members.
    • DSV members who join The Carbon Garden can then purchase CropBioLife in 100ml dropper bottles for $45 plus a shipping fee of around $10.
    • DSV members who sign up as Carbon Garden members can also:
    • purchase all the products sold on the website without any obligation to buy any,
    • post and share information on the community page and put questions to a horticulturist who responds to question from the community,
    • access all the Carbon Garden articles and extra resources.

    If the offer is taken up, Aussan Laboratories will promote the DSV as partner on their website and via their communications.

    The offer from Aussan Laboratories is dependent on sufficient interest by DSV members in taking it up.

    Committee View

    The DSV committee considers that the Aussan Laboratories proposal for DSV members to join the online Carbon Garden club is a great opportunity to acquire access to a demonstratively effective growing supplement for better growing results for not only your dahlias but for the whole garden.

    Expression of Interest

    If you as a DSV member would like to become a free member of the online Carbon Garden club to obtain access to buying CropBiolife, please register your interest by email to Bill Johnson:

  • 6 Oct 2023 7:21 PM | Anonymous


    Members Only

    Charlie Carp products can be ordered at wholesale prices plus a small margin that contributes to the Society’s administration costs
     The Offer

    Charlie Carp All Purpose Fertiliser

    DSV Price

    Typical Retail Price

    1 Litre Concentrate*



    2.2 Litre Hose On



    5 Litre Concentrate



    20 Litre Concentrate



    5kg Bag Pellets



    20kg Bag Pellets



    * 1 Litre of concentrate make 100 litres

    How to order

    By email to Trish Newby at, listing products and quantities wanted

    Please place your order by Thursday October 26.


    When your order is received, you will be sent an itemized invoice by email. The invoice will contain instructions on payment options – by cheque or money order posted to our PO Box, by bank transfer to the Society’s account or by credit card through STRIPE, our secure payment gateway. You can also pay by cash or EFTPOS on pickup at the November meeting.


    DSV General Meeting 7.30 pm Thursday 16 November 2023

  • 27 Sep 2023 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    DSV Online Tuber Sales 2023

    Members Only

    Do you need tubers?

    Dahlia tubers can be purchased online
    through the Shop on the DSV website

    Sale opens at 10am Saturday 30 September

    Closes midnight Sunday  8 October, or when sold out.

    Stock is limited.

     The Offer

     6 Dahlia Tuber for $70  12 Dahlia Tubers for $120

     Prices include postage

    • The tubers will be ones grown by members who grow them for exhibition
    • Each pack will contain labelled named varieties, but you will not know which varieties until you open the pack.
    • A Members Mixed Pack of 6 will contain at least three different varieties.
    • A Members Mixed Pack of 12 will contain at least six different varieties.
    Cannot ship to WA, NT, TAS or outside Australia
    How to order

    Follow this link to the DAHLIAS FOR SALE page on the DSV website. Login and place your order. Your payment options will be INVOICE ME or PAY ONLINE.

  • 23 Jun 2023 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    Vale Alf Hardingham

    It was with great sadness that the dahlia community of Australia learnt of the passing of Alf Hardingham on Sunday 18th June this year.

    Alf, a long-time DSV member, was the man behind the dahlias with the GLENMARC suffix, a judge and doyen of the Portland Dahlia Society.

    Alf was awarded the DAHL Medal in 2021. The Medal is the highest award that can be given to an Australian dahlia grower.

    Funeral Notice

    The Funeral Service for the late ALF HARDINGHAM is to be held at the PORTLAND UNITING CHURCH, Percy Street, Portland on WEDNESDAY the 28TH JUNE commencing at 2.00PM. Followed by interment at Portland South Cemetery, Cape Nelson Road, Portland.

    Glemarc Margaret

  • 12 Feb 2023 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    The original Judging Notes for the Container and Display sections of the State Dahlia Show were developed by Bob Yeomans and first published in DAHLIAS Magazine in 2005. 

    These notes have now been revised by Deb Collett and Fran Grylls with the aim of encouraging more people to exhibit at the Show.

    Blooms in the Container and Display sections of the Show Schedule are judged on their face value only and are not constrained by the traditional requirements of show blooms regarding the depth, stem length, type or form. Any type of dahlia bloom can be used in all their amazing colours.

    Revised Judging Notes for the Container and Display sections

  • 12 Feb 2023 2:00 PM | Anonymous

     Many hands make light work

    The 2023 State Dahlia Show on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February is the highlight of the season – a spectacular display of blooms for the enjoyment of DSV members and the public.

    BUT we need volunteers to make the Show happen and lighten the load for everyone. We need helpers to set up the Community Centre on the Friday before the Show and to cover the various tasks during the two days of the Show itself.

    Volunteers are entitled to free lunches on Saturday and Sunday – an opportunity to talk to exhibitors, judges and other volunteers.

    If you have not volunteered before, we especially welcome you to join us. You will be given clear instructions on each task and there will be plenty of people to help.

    To volunteer for a spot on the roster, click this button:

    Our Volunteer Roster page on will open.
    • The roster shows the spots to be filled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Click > on the left of a spot to see details of the task.
    • To sign up for a spot, click on the green SIGN UP button beside it.
    • You will be asked for your name and email address. Your email address will only be visible to the DSV Roster Coordinator and NOT shared with any other party.


    Email Bill Johnson at

  • 12 Feb 2023 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Dahlia Society of Australia National Championship will be held at the Queensland Dahlia Society Annual Show on the 18th and 19th of March 2023.


    9 blooms staged singly (3 over 160mm: 6 under 160mm to include at least 4 types, but not more than 2 of 1 variety)

    Judging at the show will be in accordance with the “Queensland Guide to Dahlias 2007” issued by the Queensland Dahlia Society Inc.


    Queensland Guide to Dahlias 2007

    2023 QDS Show Schedule

  • 6 Jan 2023 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Schedule for the 2023 State Show on 25 & 26 February is now available here. It sets out how to enter, provides instructions and guidance for exhibitors and lists the show competition items in which you can enter. You may enter in any number of schedule items and can make multiple entries in any item.

    Hard copy of the schedule will be posted to members (except Overseas Members) before the end of January.

    The schedule items are unchanged from those for the 2022 Show except for Item 10. The Nine Bloom Challenge has now become the Six Dahlia Bloom Challenge.

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