County Dahlia Society
Happy New Year to all!
The planned agenda for the January general meeting is a slideshow presentation of the new dahlia introductions. If the DVD does not arrive in time, plan two is for Chet to lead a discussion on which tubers to purchase for the club gardens this year.
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Kitsap County Dahlia Society has been holding meetings continuously
since its inception in 1923. At that time, the membership dues were
fifty cents for adults and twenty-five cents for juniors. In 1925, under
the guidance of president Henry Hatfield, KCDS became affiliated with
the American Dahlia Society and held its first sanctioned dahlia show.
The names of the winning blooms have been lost to time, but according to
reporters covering the show for the Bremerton
Press, “The show was a
riot of color and a wilderness of beauty.”
in the past, shows hosted by the Kitsap County Dahlia Society (KCDS)
still awe the visitors as they gasp at the unbelievable beauty and color
presented by the many blooms. Kitsap has hosted the first show of the
season in the Pacific Northwest for many years. In August of 2004 the
Federation of Northwest Dahlia Growers, which includes KCDS, hosted the 38th
annual American Dahlia Society National Show in Seattle. Every year, the
National Show draws growers from all over the world.
County Dahlia Society currently has a membership of approximately
The society has grown annually with the leadership of many members who
have served as officers. KCDS has maintained a demonstration/club garden
at the Silverdale Post Office since 1990. The garden provides tubers for
our yearly tuber sale, which funds our annual show and other activities.
have been many Kitsap County Dahlia Society members who are known for
their contributions to the dahlia world. The late Andy Babb is known to
many for his work with the Trial Garden at Point Defiance Park and for
his lasting originations such as Zing. He is honored by presentation of
an annual award in his name at our annual show. Then there is the
originator of Hulin’s Carnival, Mr. J. Hulin, who was involved in the
society’s early years. Most recently there is the super team of David
and Leone Smith. David and Leone are best known for their bloom that has
been grown around the world, Chimacum Topaz.
in our club has an exciting common interest. We have a lot of fun
growing and sharing our knowledge of dahlias. We know you will be an
asset to KCDS and we welcome you to the Society!
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