Portland Dahlia Society Program Topics and Events for 2017
Date
Main Topic(s)
Secondary Activities
February 14, 2017
Tuber storage check
Soil testing contact
Slug control
Slideshow of New Introductions for 2017
Suggestions for bulk purchases through club.
Tuber Silent Auction
March 14, 2017
Starting Tubers & Seeds, Taking Cuttings
Cuttings Demo & Hands-On
Discussion of tubers difficult to store/start
Free mixed dahlia seed – bring blooms to October Meeting
for display & competition.
Tuber Silent Auction
April 11, 2017
Tuber Sale
Flower of the Year is Parkland Rave
Tuber Auction limit 55 min
May 6-7
Annual Spring Garden Fair in Canby
PDS sells tubers in Space F25
May 9, 2017
Planting, Staking & Tying
Fertilizer Discussion
Tuber & Plant Silent Auction
June 13, 2017
Watering Dahlias, Mulching & Shading
Pest, Weed & Disease Control Panel
Plant Sale Silent Auction
July 8
Judges’ Training - 8:30-4:00
Georgetown Realty, Portland
July 11, 2017
Saving Seeds & Breeding Dahlias
Dahlias as Cut Flowers – Good Varieties for Cutting
Conditioning Cut Dahlias
How to Enter a Photo Competition
Container exchange – Bring your extras
Floral foam available
August 8, 2017
Dahlia Shows & Staging
Arranging Prize-Winning Baskets
Beginners’ Class – How to Stage, Choosing Containers,
Transporting Show Blooms, How to Enter a Show
Mini-Show, open to all, cash prizes
Other shows in the PNW to be publicized
August 26-27
Portland Dahlia Society Annual Show
At Oaks Park Dance Pavilion
September 12, 2017
Potluck at Swan Island Dahlias
Arranging Demonstration by Gordon Jackman
Presentation & Q&A by Nick Gitts Jr.
Judging in the Trial Garden – class before potluck
October 10, 2017
Digging, Dividing & Storing
Demonstration & Hands-On - How to Divide
Discussion of Tubers Difficult to Store
BYO clumps for experts to divide
Adjust for results of soil test, cover crop
Slug control now to reduce numbers
Seedling Competition – cash prizes – any seedling 1st
through 3rd year not in ADS Book
Special Seedling Competition – cash prizes – from Seeds
given out at March meeting
Flower of the Year for 2018 Hollyhill Black Beauty
Elect Flower of the Year for 2019
Tuber Clump Silent Auction
November 14, 2017
Digging, Dividing & Storing
Demonstration & Hands-On - How to Divide
BYO clumps for experts to divide
Photo Contest
Tuber Clump Silent Auction
December 12, 2017
Holiday Potluck Dinner
Bingo