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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.

Tuber and Plant Sales


A great place to get tubers and plants is from a local society.  Check the websites of local societies for information.  Find local society web sites on our societies’ page.

Here are some sales that have been reported to us:


Online Sales:

Puget Sound Dahlia Association
March 18, 2021 – May, 1, 2021
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Winners Announced for 2020 Photo Contest


With nearly 700 entries, the 2020 ADS Photo Contest is an archive of our favorite flower and our lives this unusual year. The large number of entries was a bit challenging. How do you chose the top four out of 182 entries in class 2? Trevor Hoff’s photo exemplifies the category: Sandia Melody is a portrait of a dahlia, … See entire post.

Kristine takes to the airways

Kristine Albrecht, ADS member and Genome Project co-ordinator, was recently featured on the  Flower Power Garden Hour Podcast talking about – what else – dahlias!  Listen to the podcast here (scroll down to the December 20, 2020 podcast). 

Great job Kristine.… See entire post.

First ever Les Connell Medals awarded

On December 9th, 2020  a small group of members of the Washington State Dahlia Society (WSDS) and Puget Sound Dahlia Association (PSDA) presented the first Les Connell Medal to Vivian Connell at her home.  Don Filand, WSDS, who spearheaded the efforts to create the Les Connell Medal, presented the first medal to Vivian.

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2020 Hart and Gullikson Awards Announced

The Derrill W. Hart medal

Awarded to the cultivar that has the highest average trial garden score in the accredited trial gardens located across the United States and Canada during the previous year as an AA/A; B; BB; M; Ball/Miniature Ball/Pompon; ST/NX; and Waterlily. The highest three scores shall be used to determine such highest average. In case of ties, … See entire post.