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Correction to ADS Bulletin, 9/2021

Hopefully by now members have received and are enjoying the September 2021 Bulletin.  Among the highlights of the publication are the local society reports.  But mistakes happen, and somehow the Kitsap County Dahlia Society report was not published in full. Please see the full report below.  Thanks Kitsap for your report.  Please accept our sincere apology for the error.… See entire post.

Attention 2022 Introducers

Each year the ADS produces a compilation of new introductions that is made available to all members. It consists of dahlias that will be available through distributors in the coming year.  Trial Garden and Seedling Bench Evaluation Winners will be included for free, but other new introductions can be included in the presentation for a cost of $10 per image. … See entire post.

2021 Shows

Hooray for Dahlia Shows!  After being severely limited last year due to COVID-19, dahlia societies across North America are so excited to invite you to their 2021 shows.

Shows will be listed as information is made available to this site, so come back often to see what shows have been added.

The ADS National Show will be open to the … See entire post.

Photo Contest 2021

 As your garden grows in 2021, keep your eye and camera lens focused on the beautiful blooms and dahlia “culture”- the growers of dahlias, the creatures, the folks who enjoy dahlias, and the places we share our dahlias.  

The deadline for the 2021 ADS Dahlia Contest is December 1st, 2021. Winning photos will be announced in late … See entire post.

New Online Classification Guide features for members only


Hopefully you are using the Online Classification Guide (OCG) in the public area of the site.  It is one of our most popular features. 

Now for members only, we have an expanded search capability.  You can get detailed color information and origination information that is not available in the public OCG.  You can also print or copy your results … See entire post.

Norma Jane (Ehret) Boyer passes

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Norma Jane (Ehret) Boyer, born September 7, 1931 in Elkhart Indiana to Yale and Elanor Ehret. Norma passed away peacefully at home on April 25, 2021 with family, as a result of another stroke.

Norma graduated from Elkhart High School in 1949, then attended Ball State College and graduated from Western Michigan College in See entire post.

John Menzel, Australian dahlia breeder passes

The dahlia just lost a world ambassador. John Menzel passed away peacefully at his home in Winkie, Australia, on April 10 after a long battle with a chronic muscle disease.  John and his wife, Anne, traveled the world promoting and gathering information about the dahlia for decades. 

John was a regular speaker at many dahlia gatherings and meetings including the … See entire post.