Newsletter 07/14

The Connecticut Dahlia Society

July 2014 Newsletter

Date: Sunday, June 20th, 2014
Place: Thomaston Savings Bank, 985 Watertown Avenue, Waterbury
Time: 1:00 pm Tying your plants, Spraying, Fertilizing, Disbudding
          2:00 pm Regular Business Meeting

President’s Message:

Too much rain! No rain! Will it ever be just right? It seems like every dahlia season is a new challenge. However, the Dahlia always performs well by show time. Hopefully, we all have been topping and tying and possibly spraying and most of all feeding these precious gems.

First, it is very important for members to join us at this business meeting. Mid-Island is hosting the American Dahlia Society 100th requesting for CDS to donate a sizeable monetary contribution to help them in hosting this show. Since this society belongs to the members, it is important to give our members a vote on the amount to be donated Please try to attend.

Also, CDS is holding our Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 10, at Elizabeth Park. The time will be discussed at our Sunday meeting. The Society will provide meats, rolls, and beverages. Members are requested to bring other picnic foods and desserts. Also, bring your own chairs and tables and if you have portable coverings for protection from sun or rain they will be useful.

We are also planning to do a Trial Garden class at the Picnic since our CT Dahlia Display Gardens are at the park. It will be a new experience for members who have never scored dahlias at a trial garden before.

Again, please try to attend this meeting. People are busy this time of year but try to find time to participate. We need to have a group effort to keep CDS and our fabulous Show successful.

Donna Paternostro

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2014 NADC Show Schedules:

Please consider attending some of these other NADC society shows. In order for everyone to have a successful show, the participation of members from other societies bringing their blooms is necessary.

Aug 16 Washington County Fair, hosted by the RIDS
Aug 23 Connecticut Dahlia Society 56th Annual Show (Saturday only)
Aug 30 & 31 Long Island Dahlia Society & NADC Show, “Nenekazi” = Challenge
Sept 6 Southern Tier Dahlia Society (Saturday only)
Sept 6 & 7 Rhode Island Dahlia Society
Sept 13 & 14 Mid Island Dahlia Society
Sept 20 New Jersey Dahlia Society (Saturday only)
Sept 20 & 21 Greenwich Dahlia Society
Sept. 27 & 28 Provincetown MA Dahlia Society
Oct. 4 & 5 Mid Island Dahlia Society, 2nd Show
Oct. 11 & 12 Long Island Dahlia Society, 2nd Show

2015 Meeting Dates:

(All Meetings are at the Thomaston Bank unless otherwise noted). The programs for new members are open to any members who are interested.

Jan. 11 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Feb. 15 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Accredited Judge’s Class, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Mar. 15 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Accredited Judge’s Class, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Apr. 26 Root Sale, West Hartford, Set-up 10:00 am, 12:00 Noon Sale Open to the Public
May 17 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Accredited Judge’s Class, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Jun.14 Thomaston Bank
Jul. 12 Thomaston Bank
Aug. Annual Picnic, date & place to be decided
Aug. 29 CDS Dahlia Society 57th. Annual Show, Pond House, West Hartford
Sep No Meeting, Show Month
Oct. 11 Thomaston Bank
Nov. 8 Thomaston Bank
Dec. Christmas Party, date & place to be decided

Marge Schnerr, Editor