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  • 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.

  • 23 Aug 2021 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    Now is the time to do some garden maintenance:

    • Weed along garden walls and retaining fences
    • Weed the aisles around the through your dahlia patch
    • Sharpen pruning shears and garden scissors
    • Tidy up pots
    • Clean up hiding places for slugs, snails and earwigs - timber piles, under bricks, along wood fences and patches of heavy grass
    • Stock up on fertilizers, potting mixes, mulch, compost including liquid compost and soil conditioners.
    • Stock up on environmentally safe sprays and powders for dealing with damaging insects and fungal infections.
    • If your garden is susceptible to infestations of red spider mite consider spraying nearby fences and stakes with a miticide (not an insecticide).

    Now is also the time to check tubers in winter storage:
    • Tubers in a storage medium need to be kept damp to avoid rot from wet or shrivelling from drying out.
    • Remove tubers showing signs of rot and spray the medium with a little water on signs of drying out.
    • It is common to store tubers over winter in polystyrene boxes, often stacked on top of each other. Check those bottom boxes to make sure that strong shoots in a ‘downstairs box’ are not being bent over by the ceiling above.


  • 23 Aug 2021 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    The DSA is the umbrella organization for dahlia societies in Australia.

    The 2021 DSA Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 11 June in Canberra. The results of the election of office bearers were:

    • President - Warren Vigor (DSV)
    • Vice-president - Neville Jaeschke (South Australia)
    • Secretary - Steven Wedd (Queensland)
    • Treasurer - Rodney Clarke (Shepparton - also a DSV member)
    • Public Officer - Neville Jaeschke

    Delegates from each of the eight member societies meet once a year at the Annual DSA Conference. At the Conference in Canberra the following resolutions were passed:

    ❖ Australian Championship

    This new championship will be sponsored by the DSA and rotate around the societies the year after their conference (2022 Canberra, 2023 Queensland).

    ❖ Judges Standards Panel

    A panel has been formed to review judging standards and will meet at the Australian Championship and annual DSA Conference.

  • 15 Jun 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Les Lawson was announced as the recipient of the Dahlia Society of Australia's Dahl Medal at the DSA'a Annual Conference in Canberra on 11-12 June.

    The Dahl Medal is the DSA's highest honour. Only five living members of the Society can be recipients at any one time.  Les joins fellow DSV member Fran Grylls as a holder of the award. Covid restrictions meant Les and Joy Lawson were unable to attend the Conference.  DSA President Warren Vigor will present Les his award at the September member's meeting.

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