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  • 20 Apr 2024 9:24 PM | Anonymous
    Our Intermediate Champion Hien Nyguen happily receiving his award from President Pam Albutt.
    The medal was a gift from the National Dahlia Society of the United Kingdom to the Dahlia Society of Victoria to be awarded to an appropriate recipient at our annual State Show. 
    Hien is a worthy winner with his beautiful blooms starring on the Show bench.
    The Blooms that made this exhibit were:Coorabell Zoe, Coorabell Jessie, Devon Citation. Winholme Diane, Mabel Ann, Blyton Softer Gleam.

  • 27 Feb 2024 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    February 2024

    Saturday 24 & Sunday 25

     Victorian State Dahlia Show


    Fran Grylls

    0481 385 122


    March 2024

    Saturday 2 & Sunday 3

    Shepparton & District Dahlia Club

    Congupna Community Centre

    Katamatite-Shepparton Road

    Shirley Clarke

    03 5865 5364 or

    0419 003 949

    Friday 8 & Saturday 9

    Welshpool Autumn Flower Show

    Welshpool Memorial Hall


    Fran Grylls

    0481 385 122


    Saturday 9 & Sunday 10

    Portland Dahlia & Rose Show

    Civic Hall, Bentinck St


    Bruce Millard

    03 5572 3788


    Saturday 16 

    Sunshine Golden Age Garden Club

    Glengala Community Hall

    Cnr Glengala Road & Simmie Street

    Sunshine West VIC 3020


    Rosemary Sabre

    0421 714 943 or 9363 1630


    Friday 15 (open for staging and judging)

    Saturday 16

    Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts Festival

    (Supported by Bendigo Garden Club)

    Senior Citizens/Bendigo Deaf Hub

    Shirley Turner

    0412 018203


  • 17 Jan 2024 8:59 PM | Anonymous

    Printed copies of the Schedule for the 2024 State Dahlia Show and complimentary entrance tickets have been posted to all DSV members.

    A soft copy of the Schedule can be viewed here.

    Show Timeline

    Entries Close 7.00pm Thursday 22 February 2024

    Staging of Exhibits 7.00 pm Friday (Continues all night)

    Staging Concludes 10.00 am Saturday (Display and Cut Flower Sections excluded)

    Judging Commences 10.00 am Saturday

    Other Staging Concludes 11.00 am Saturday (Items 64 to 67)

    Show Opens 1.00 pm

    Saturday Awards Dinner 6.00 pm Saturday (Bookings taken on the day)

    Official Closing 3.30 pm Sunday

  • 24 Dec 2023 7:44 PM | Anonymous

    Stewarding and Judging Training for the 2024 Season

    Following a successful start last season, the DSV is planning to offer further Stewarding and Judging Training in the new year.

    There is no need to have attended previous sessions, so if you are looking to expand your knowledge plan to come along for all of some of the following events.

    Sun 14 Jan, 10am-noon – Stewarding and Judging refresher followed by lunch and informal discussions on showing and standards.

    Sat 10 Feb – Mini-show at the Mt Waverley Hall – a chance to put things into practice, whether that’s showing, stewarding or judging, a real hands on day.

    Thu 15 Feb – Mini-show at the monthly meeting – a chance again for showing, stewarding and judging practice.

    Sat 24 Feb, 5pm – Debrief from the judges on results at the State Show.  An opportunity to hear directly what was good and perhaps not so good at the show.

    Thu 21 Mar – Mini-show at the monthly meeting – a chance to  practice showing your dahlias.

    Sun 7 April, 10am-noon– Judging by the standard. A focus on what makes the perfect show dahlia. Followed by a light lunch.

     DSV members only

  • 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

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