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2021 Calendars to support 2022 ADS National Show

The National Capital Dahlia Society prepared a high quality dahlia calendar for 2021 to help support the 2022 ADS National Show, which NCDS will be hosting.  To see additional photos coming in the calendar, go to (website for the National Capital Dahlia Society).  The ADS and NCDS web sites have low resolution copies only, to help preserve the copyrights … See entire post.

Overseas Supporter

The Overseas Supporter annual subscription will allow dahlia enthusiasts in other parts of the world to connect with ADS members in North and South America.

The annual subscription (November-October) will provide, via email, quarterly (December, March, June, and September)  electronic copies of the Bulletin in addition to the most recent version of the Classification and Handbook of Dahlias.  More details.See entire post.

It’s nearly time to store your tubers

Depending on where you grow dahlias, it may be time to start thinking about storing the tubers for the winter.  In climates with cold or wet winters, you’ll want to lift and store your tubers after the killing frost or anytime four months after planting.  Visit Dahlia University or our tuber page for everything tubers.… See entire post.

Image Submission for 2021 New Intros

Due to a technical difficulty, the Image Submission for 2021 New Introductions  instructions and release form will not appear in the September Bulletin as planned.  If you want to submit pictures (and we hope you do) for the 2021 New Introductions DVD, please go to the Member Info Page and find the instructions and release form under “Doc and Forms”. … See entire post.

Local Society Virtual Shows

Many if not most local societies have cancelled their in-person shows due to COVID 19.  But some are determined to showcase their beautiful flowers via virtual shows on the Internet, Instagram, Facebook, and video platforms.  The links below will transport you to these shows.  Enjoy! 

If your society has such a show and is not listed below, contact your ADS … See entire post.

Photo Contest 2020

With many shows cancelled, the ADS Photo Contest is a good place to exhibit your beautiful blooms.

The rules are few.  Anyone can submit a photo. The photos should have been taken in 2019 and 2020.   It’s all about the dahlia, so the bloom should predominate the image.  Photos can be taken using a cell phone camera. Please limit entries … See entire post.

Federation Training Videos

2020 has been a challenging year in many ways.  Our societies and federations/conferences have been challenged by the inability to do in person training.  The Federation of Northwest Dahlia Growers overcame this challenge with a series of Zoom meetings and they shared the recordings with us.  Some of the information may be Federation-centric, but there is much for everyone to … See entire post.

Danielle Parshall passes away



Danielle Parshall passed away the morning of July 15, 2020.  Having been ill for quite some time, she was residing in an in an Adult Family Home and, due to Covid-19, her husband Dick was only allowed to see her through a window.  

Dick and Danielle were active in their home society, Snohomish County Dahlia Society (SCDS), the … See entire post.

Les Connell passes 7/3/2020



It is with great sadness that we report that another dahlia icon has passed.  Early the morning of 7/3/2020, Les Connell passed away.  Les has been growing, exhibiting and originating dahlias for many years. 

Les is known worldwide for his many contributions to the dahlia world.  He has originated hundreds of new dahlias, since his first introduction, Koinonia … See entire post.