Meets second Tuesday of the month at Rose City Park
United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda
Editor: Mike Riordan (503) 256-0425
August 2009
Next meeting August 11th, 2009 @ 7:30 PM
Editor: Mike Riordan (503)256-0425 Contacts: Teresa Bergman(360)274-8292,  Jeanette Benson (503) 649-4118

Next meeting Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 @ 7:30 PM

Cookie hosts for August is the attending membership.  Since we expect a good size group, let’s see what we can bring to
elicit ooh’s and ah’s.


Our program for August will be a mini-show along with a judging demonstration.  If you have an entry or two you can
bring, this will give us something to work with and brighten up the meeting space.  Also there will be a demonstration on
how to stage entries.  Listen carefully and learn the special techniques of successful exhibitors.

Also we will have a container exchange.  Those that have extra containers are asked to bring them to the meeting to share
the wealth with our newer exhibitor members.


It’s hard to believe but the culmination of all our activities is fast approaching.  We have all worked very hard on fund
raising so we could stage the biggest and best show ever. Mega thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible!

If someone is thinking of exhibiting for the first time, please have courage and take the plunge.  There was a first time for
all of us.  I know you will be pleasantly surprised with how well you do!   We will have show schedules available at the
meeting.  Please take a copy and familiarize yourself with the show rules.  Speaking of which…all exhibitors are required
to sign-in with their exhibitor numbers under their respective competition division.   If this is your first time or you need
help with this, please ask the person (s) that is working with classification.  They will be happy to show you how to
register as an exhibitor.  Special note to PNCD members:  PNDC exhibitor numbers no longer indicate competition
divisions.  Check the 2009 PNDC Roster to find your number.

Those that have exhibited in the past are encouraged to bring lots of blooms, not just the best of the best.  I never was
able to tell with any certainty which ones would be my big winners before the fact.  The exhibit hall sure looks great when
the tables are brimming with eye-candy entries.

If you would like to find out more about how dahlias are judged, helping out the judging teams as a clerk is a great way to
observe and learn.  This requires a small time commitment Saturday morning. Please contact Jeanette Benson at 503-649-
4118 to participate.

Some advanced planning and preparation makes it a lot easier to get that winning entry from the garden to the head table.  
All exhibitors provide their own containers and filler. Most people use shredded florist foam for filler to support the
flowers.  The containers should be proportional to the size of the entry.  Pompons and miniatures look good in a #303 can
(14-15oz).  The cans need to be painted with either dark green or black paint.  Black is the required color for most
shows in Washington State .  Make sure you get your cans ready at least a few days in advance so the paint has a chance
to dry thoroughly before use.  Cans from last season may be cleaned or re-painted.  After repeated use, some cans begin
to rust from the inside soiling the filler and reducing the flower’s keeping quality.  These are best discarded.

Entry tags will be available at the August meeting.  Pick up some so you will have them to place on your entries at home.  
This saves a lot of last minute work and frustration at the exhibit hall.  The tags are color coded for competition category
as follows: Juniors-yellow, Novice-pink, Amateur-blue, Open and Special Entry-white.

When is the best time to cut my blooms for show or other uses?   I cut mostly early (that’s with dew) Friday morning.  
Sometimes Thursday morning if the bloom needs an extra day away from the sun.  Blooms need to be “set” so they will
keep and show well.  When cutting the blooms cut the stems at a 45 degree angle placing them in buckets containing two
inches of hot water.  As the water cools it gradually sets the blooms.  Do not allow any foliage to touch the hot water or it
will blacken.  The buckets of cut blooms need to be placed indoors in a cool place out of drafts and direct sunlight.  A
basement is an ideal location to store the blooms and use as a work area to “put up” your entries.


Thanks to all who generously donated cash or other awards for our show.  If by any chance you have not yet turned in
your cash to Larry Sawyer, you may do so at the August meeting or alternatively mail to Larry at: 11015 SW Berkshire;
Portland , OR  97225-4407 .  Sweepstakes winners from last year are asked to bring their revolving trophies to the
August meeting or make other arrangements with Mike Riordan.  Those sponsoring gift certificates, please send or get to
Mike at the meeting or by mail.


The American Dahlia Society is offering a special promotion for new members from our society.  Join in August and
September and receive the June, September and December Bulletin absolutely free.  That’s right!  You get June 2009
forward and all of the Bulletins for 2010 plus the 2010 Classification book for the low price of $23 per individual or $26
per family.  Simply pay our Treasurer, Larry Sawyer at the meeting or mail to Larry at  11015 SW Berkshire; Portland ,
OR  97225-4407 .


Shirley Bankston, our recording secretary, also has taken on the task of maintaining a photo library for use on our sale
tables during our annual tuber sales.  She is looking for digital and/or print photos from film.  If you have some varieties
you know you will be donating (particularly the rarer ones), why not take a photo for your benefit and to help the society
market your generous donations.  Shirley’s e-mail is


We will need a few volunteers to help set up the exhibit hall at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds on Thursday afternoon,
September 3rd at 4:00 PM.  We will be assembling the head table, covering it.  Covering the exhibition tables and placing
the Section markers.

(reprinted from a previous year's bulletin)

By Ted Kennedy

Some of my fondest memories are the trips we have taken to see the dahlias at the various commercial nurseries.  Many
of these businesses have been long closed but the memories will be with us forever.

There is a newer website that lists the “open” dahlia gardens all over the USA and most have directions, maps and even
some pictures.  The link to the site is:

For Portland People, there are several gardens to visit in our area and first and foremost is Swan Island Dahlias.  We are
lucky to have the largest dahlia farm in the USA just a few miles from us in Canby.  They are really set up for visitors.  
They have a nice parking lot just a few feet from their display garden.  If you bring your lunch, they have picnic tables
available too.  And an added bonus is that the Portland Dahlia Society has their trial garden there.  And another bonus is
that they are open just about any time of day (except when the sprinklers are going).

For a nice day trip consider visiting Dan’s Dahlias in Oakville Washington .  It is not too many miles North of Portland
and is well worth the trip.  Their three acre dahlia garden gets some of the coastal weather influence and many of the
varieties have deeper colors then here in Portland .  If you grow cut flowers and want to see some good cutting varieties,
Dan has specialized in selling flowers at public markets for years and you can see them growing at their best in the garden.

If you are ever in the Coos Bay area, you have to visit Shore Acres State park .  They have an extensive planting of
dahlias and since they are right on the ocean, the colors of the dahlias are outstanding.  The park is a gardener’s paradise
and I have a picture of the dahlias growing there on my computer as the background for my desktop.

These are only a few suggestions.  I am planning on visiting Teresa Bergman’s Cowlitz River Dahlias in Castle Rock,
Washington and hope to say hello to

Wayne Lobaugh at his Lobaugh’s Dahlias in Chehalis.  And I am going to visit Alpen Gardens and say hello to John and
Carla Stables.  And every year, I visit Phil Mingus in Vancouver .  Last year I wrote about dropping in on Park’s Dahlias
in Azalea and Clack’s Dahlias in Myrtle Creek.  And we have not been to Mohawk Dahlia Gardens or Frey’s Dahlias in
many years and need to go back.  You know there are so many dahlias and so little time…

Portland Dahlia Society Annual Garden Tour
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Please mark your calendars for the Portland Dahlia Society’s annual garden tour and brown bag lunch.  We hope to have
a very nice summer’s day, but the tour by tradition proceeds regardless of the weather. The Tour will begin at 9:30 AM at
the home and garden of
Mark , Laura, Audrey and Heidi Oldenkamp.  Mark and Laura have been very successful at
exhibiting both in Portland and Eugene , winning Open Sweepstakes for the last few seasons at both show venues.
Daughters Audrey and Heidi have won both Junior and Novice Sweepstakes.  Laura Oldenkamp is also a member of the
ADS Classification Committee along with our own Erik Toedtli.  It is quite impressive to have two of our own society
members participate in this important National ADS body. The Oldenkamp’s address is:  23702 S. Central Point Road ;
Canby , OR  97013 .  Phone 503-266-4411. From Highway 99E Southbound turn left on S. Ivy Street/Canby-
Marquam Hwy. This would be approximately the opposite side of 99E from the entrance to the Canby Fairgrounds, but a
little farther South.  From Ivy turn left onto SE Township Road .  Take Township for about 2.4 miles and then turn left
onto S. Central Point Road .  Oldenkamp’s 23702 address will be on your right.

Next stop on the tour is
Swan Island Dahlias and the Canby Trial Garden .  Approximate arrival time would be 10:30
AM.  From the Oldenkamp's retrace your route back to highway 99E.  Continue across 99E on Ivy.  From Ivy turn left
onto NW 10th Avenue .  Next turn right onto N Holly St .  After .8 mile turn left onto NW 22nd Avenue .  Here you will
have a chance to see the largest commercial dahlia growing operation in the United States .   The show garden is laid out
to display the diversity of the Swan Island Inventory to maximum advantage.   New dahlias are sent to the trial garden for
evaluation by the dahlia judges.  You may see a few judges at work during our visit. There also may be a few new
varieties on trial that may really strike your fancy. This is also our brown bag lunch stop.  There are picnic tables available
for your use.  Alternatively, there are fast food outlets and cafes available along 99E in Canby.

The garden of
Carol Halvorson is next on the tour.  Carol's address is 3242 NE 58th Avenue; Portland, OR  97213.  
The garden  fairly close to our monthly meeting place at the Church.  Phone is 503-288-2687.  

From Swan Island Dahlias

return to 99E.  Go North on 99E back towards Portland for about 9.3 miles.  Next merge onto I-205 Northbound
towards Clackamas, Seattle, the Dalles.  Travel about 11.8 miles on I-205 to exit 21B (I-84 West bound) toward
Portland.  From I-84 West bound take Exit 2 to 43rd Avenue.  As you go down the exit ramp gradually move into  the
right lane and turn right at the light onto NE Halsey.  Travel East on Halsey to 47th Avenue and turn left onto 47th. Next
turn right onto Sandy Blvd.  Go 11 blocks East on Sandy and turn left onto NE 58th Avenue.  3242 NE 58th is on your
right.  Estimated arrival time is between 1:30 and 2:00 PM.  Carol's garden has dahlias integrated into the foundation
plantings as well as into containers.  Just down the street at 3335 NE 58th is the garden of Pam Rechel.  Pam's garden is
another great example of what a dahlia grower can accomplish on a standard city lot.

Final stop on the tour is the home of
Scott McClintic and Mike Riordan. Their address is 821 NE 168th Place;
Portland, OR  97230  (Phone 503-256-0425)  From Pam's home on 58th Avenue, return to Sandy Blvd.  Turn left onto
Sandy, traveling East 4.7 miles to NE 162nd Avenue.  From Sandy turn right onto 162nd Avenue.  Continue South on
162nd across Halsey and turn left onto NE Holiday.  (Holiday is a side street between Halsey and Glisan),  Travel 3
blocks on Holiday and turn right onto NE 165th.  Take 165th about a half block and turn left onto NE Pacific Drive.  
Turn right onto NE 168th Place.  It's the yellow house at the top of the Cul-de-sac.  Approximate arrival time is 3:00 to 3:
30 PM.

Wow!  With all these twists and turns, we each need a co-pilot and navigator.  In the interest of safety and saving gas,
maybe four to six people could carpool and make the whole day more enjoyable and less stressful.  Please be aware that
the farther the tour progresses, the more inaccurate estimated arrival times may be.  Our goal is for all participants to
enjoy the tour and have a safe and pleasant experience.  If for any reason members join the tour late or are not able to
visit all the gardens, this is acceptable and understandable.
Gordon Jackman's Best in Show Arrangement
Portland Dahlias Society member, Gordon Jackman, went to the Kitsap Dahlia show in Bremerton
and won top honors for his dahlia arrangement. The theme of the class was "Lucy in the Sky with
Diamonds" and Gordon captured the essence of the of that theme with his vase of incurved cactus
dahlias accompanied by cardoon flowers, pampas grass and ornamental onion flowers with some
trimmed hosta leaves.  
Ginger Willow at Swan Island Dahlias
Photo Nick Gitts Jr.