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Rest in Peace Tom
We lost a very special member of our society this past weekend. Tom, was everyone's friend. He always had a joke to tell and spent countless hours educating anyone that would listen on how to grow Dahlias. Beside his wife and family Dahlias were his passion. He has won countless awards for his beautiful and so close to perfect blooms, year after year. Job well done Tom, Rest in Peace!
If your out and about and want to enjoy a walk in the park, stop out to the Webster arboretum and visit our Dahlia bed out there.
Hi everyone, First of the care team at the arboretum this morning tied, weeded and watered our dahlias. Everything is looking great and growing . Thanks to Lurine Gotta ,Janet Zimmerman, and yours truly Joe. We even have a new be called Toe Ma Toe in the group, thanks to Ginger. Not one Dahlia looks sad.
Congratulations Margaret on your 96th Birthday!
Congratulations to one of our founding Members who turned 96 this year on May 18th. Margaret McMaster has been instrumental in keeping our club alive for more than 80 years. At one point in our history the club had gotten so small that Margaret was holding the meeting for the handful of members in her home. We are now a very strong club with over 80 members. Much of that can be attributed to a few dedicated individuals like Margaret.
Ginger and Jeff have been busy... thanks to them and to everyone who brought plants and tubers to restock our final sale.
Covid - 19 is effecting us all. Here is how we are dealing with it!
Rochester Dahlia Society Time to grow - Dahlia Sale!
Sales will be honor system at times, with an RDS member or two in attendance when possible. We will practice social distancing and ask customers to wear a mask if possible. We can only accept exact change or a check made out to Rochester Dahlia Society.
If you’re looking for something specific (color and size of bloom only), you can call Angie at 455-2790 to place an order, and get the location for pickup.
Prices for plants $5.00 each or 5/$20 Prices for tubers $3.00 each or 10/$25 Bag of 15 tubers of low-growing dahlias - $5 *Free bag of tubers with purchase of two or more plants while supplies last*
May 16 & 17, from 10:00-4:00 Elmgrove Auto, 725 Elmgrove Rd., Rochester 14606 (Corner of Lyell Road and Elmgrove Road) Telephone: (Angie) 455-2790
May 19 - 22 “honor system” sale from 9:00-5:00 754 Pinnacle Road, Pittsford, NY 14530 Telephone: (Patti) 359-0368 (voice only)
May 24 through the remainder of May (or until sold out) – open all day 553 Klem Road, Webster, NY 14580 Telephone: (Ginger) 402-3267
About our meetings: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, meetings are currently suspended until further notice. Please keep an eye on the website for further information.
About the sales: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Sales will be held at various smaller venues around the Rochester area. Please check back frequently as this information is currently being processed. Please "Like" the Rochester Dahlia Society on Facebook for more live up-to-date information. Thank you to all our gardening friends for hanging in there! Gardening season is just getting underway and we will at lease be able to spend time enjoying planting season soon. Stay Home.. Stay Healthy!
Sincerely, Patti Pirz - Rochester Dahlia Society - President
August and September are show and garden tour time for dahlia growers. Ginger and Jeff’s garden was beautiful, and Mary presented Bill with his certificate for becoming a candidate judge. RDS members visited our dahlias at the Webster Arboretum, then went to Liz and Tom’s garden, shown below.
The Wayne County Show
I wanted to a take a moment and Thank each and every one for all the hard work on Saturday! We really had a wonderful day!
Our final numbers are that we potted 750 tubers and have 111 varieties! Everyone should be proud! We all did a GREAT job!
I'm getting calls from people who would like to donate more tubers to the sale. We will definitely be over 800 by the time we head for the sales.
Thank you again for all who gave up space in their homes for fostering plants! Thank you for the wonderful refreshments! We had yummy treats to keep us going! Please think about helping out at the sales. If you are interested please let me know. Thank you very much!! Thank you again! Sincerely, Patti Pirz Rochester Dahlia Society - President
We had 41 members working in an assembly line. We potted about 750 tubers to be sold at the May sales.
Monroe County Fair 2018
On Friday, August 3 - A dozen dahlia enthusiasts gathered at the new site for the Monroe County Fair. We put together a small show, and judged our own entries. This was a good warm-up for larger shows to come this summer. Judges brushed up on their skills and we enjoyed each other’s company as well as the flowers.
Our RDS judges narrowed the "Best Dahlia" down to five and the general flower chair picked two winners instead of one. Tom had "Javier" and Al had "Fancy Pants". Carol was another big winner, but hers was not picked this time. Below are a couple of pictures from the fair.
Here Comes the Judge, Here Comes the Judge! Congratulations to Al Cocco on his new Judgeship!
At our February RDS meeting Mary Feasel, Senior ADS Judge, presented Al Cocco with a certificate from the American Dahlia Society. Al has advanced from Candidate Judge to Accredited Judge. Congratulations, Al!
Webster Arboretum June 21st.
Our Club planting Dahlias at the Webster Arboretum
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