Awards Dinner at the Trocadero
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Awards Dinner at the Trocadero

Come out for a lovely dinner and lots of chat about gardening and dahlias.

Please come out with a cheque or exact change to pay Dan Inkster, he will then pay the restaurant. Amount will be soon.

Please take this opportunity to pay your membership fees to Caroline Cutt.

Everyone is welcome.

Parking is free and available across the street from the restaurant.

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The Great Dig
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Great Dig

We are nearing the time of frost, when every dahlia gardener has their heart broken at seeing their beauties black and frost bitten. Next comes the great DIG. You can just buy more tubers next year or you can dig up your tubers and store them. We share our experiences with storing tubers.

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The Annual Show
Sep
13
to Sep 14

The Annual Show

  • Royal Botancial Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the weekend we show off our blooms to each other and the public. We encourage everyone in the club to bring over blooms to show. You do not need to win ribbons to have fun. We are a great fun group and hanging out with the flowers and fellow gardeners is the very best time in the world.

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An invitation to learn about clerking, staging and judging
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

An invitation to learn about clerking, staging and judging

Have you ever wondered how to stage a bloom for maximum beauty for the show? Come today and learn with live flowers.

Have you ever wanted to help out at the show and did not know how to clerk? Come today and learn.

Have you ever wondered what the judges are looking for? Come today and the judges will teach you.

Each session is independent of the others, you do not need to attend all three.

noon - 1 transporting and staging dahlias to shows

1-2 how to clerk at shows

2-5 how dahlias are judged at shows

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Garden tour and potluck
Aug
24
2:30 PM14:30

Garden tour and potluck

The gardens are flourishing by now hopefully so off we go to enjoy the fruit of our endeavours.

This year we are only going to one location but it is a beauty.

The Dahlia Experts have invited us to see their 10 acres of dahlias grown for the cut flower market.

Then it is back to the home of Bob and Gail Luckhart in Burlington for our potluck. Please consult your newsletter or membership list for the address.

Please tell Sandra Hudson what dish you are bringing.

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How to prune dahlia demo - a picture is worth a thousand words
Jul
6
2:00 PM14:00

How to prune dahlia demo - a picture is worth a thousand words

Dahlias are those rare plants that require pruning by debranching and stopping the main stem to be their best. Otherwise they grow too large and fall over. For a little extra effort your plants become extraordinary. Come and see how it is done.

Location: Bill and Kate Sault’s house

Address in the newsletter and the membership list

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THE GREAT TUBER AUCTION
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

THE GREAT TUBER AUCTION

OK folks, the night you have all been waiting for with bated breath: our Great Tuber Auction.

Each year members donate their excess tubers to the club to spread around the glory of all things dahlia. Come and buy varieties you will never find in the stores. Come early and get a number and check out the table for something you may want to buy.

Doors open at 6:30, auction starts at 7pm promptly

Refreshments are available all evening long.

Members: remember to label all tubers, make sure they all have viable eyes and bring them in at 6:30 to be sorted.

See you there,

We accept cash or cheques.

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How to get the season started
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

How to get the season started

Tonight we gather to discuss how to get those fabulous tubers to start growing a little earlier than nature intended. Why - to get more and earlier blooms of course. Come and ask any question of our experts. And remind yourself that spring is right around the corner.

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Awards Dinner
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Awards Dinner

Come join us for our annual awards dinner at the Trocadero Restaurant.

Dinner is a fabulous buffet for $52 each. Please give your money to Dan Inkster at the dinner. Please bring a cheque or exact change in an envelope. Dan will then pay the restaurant.

Carolyn Cutt will also be accepting money for membership at the dinner. Please pay separate from dinner.

The club likes the Trocadero because we have a lovely big, quiet room so we can socialize and mingle.

There is a parking lot on the opposite side of the street.

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Staging and Clerking Night
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Staging and Clerking Night

Have you ever wondered how to win prizes for your dahlias?  Or how to choose the best flower in your garden?  This evening is for you.  The crew at the Society will show you what to look for when choosing the best flower for competition.  Then they will show you how to "stage" the flower in the vase so as to impress the flower show judges.

We will also teach anyone interested in how to assist at the flower show and how to document show results.  

Come spend some fun time with some really fun gardeners.  As usual we are at the Royal Botanical Gardens

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Garden tour and pot luck supper
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

Garden tour and pot luck supper

First we will visit 2 members' gardens:

82 Clifton Downs Road Hamilton from 2-3 pm

99 Ferrie Street West Hamilton 3-4 pm

Naturally these times are all very flexible. Come and go at your leisure.

All the gardens are fairly close to each other.

Then we go to the Macassa Bay Yacht  club for potluck any time after 4pm.

80 Harbour Front Drive

Hamilton, Ontario

 

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Pruning demonstration
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Pruning demonstration

  • 152 Davidson Boulevard Dundas, ON, L9H 7N6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come on out and learn how to prune those dahlias.  These plants grow like weeds and need some tender loving care so they do not get too big and topple over or split in half.  The flowers are bigger and better formed if you prune intelligently.  A demonstration is worth a thousand words.  And it is fun to spend a few hours with happy gardeners in a happy garden.

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Our famous tuber auction
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Our famous tuber auction

Come and buy tubers of gorgeous varieties unavailable in the garden nurseries.  Everyone in the HDCDS donates their excess tubers to the auction.  This results in a fabulous selection of varieties of dahlias available.

For those donating tubers please come at 6:30 so we can sort out the tubers.

Doors open at 6:30.

There will be no break as in previous years as we never finish!

There will be home made goodies and hot drinks available throughout the evening courtesy of our wonderful hospitality volunteer. 

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