Victoria Dahlia Society

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    About the VDS

    Our mission is to:

    • Encourage the cultivation and development of dahlias
    • To disseminate information with respect to dahlias
    • To host Annual Dahlia Shows

    Meeting Time: First Thursday of February-July, September-November, 7:30 pm

    Location changes depending on the topic – See Calendar to be sure.

    New Location – 4000 Douglas St, Victoria,  The Victorian at McKenzie.

    Annual General Meeting: First Thursday of November. (No meetings in December or January).



    2020 Executive

    President Phil Newton
    Vice President “interested?? it could be you”
    Secretary Pat Gerrand
    Treasurer Bryan Bedford
    Membership Marguerite Casey-Wolnicki
    Social Teresa Thom
    Publicity Liz Hoar
    Webmaster Anton deBree
    Tuber Sale Cathy Featherby
    ADS/PNDC/FED Phil Newton
    Show Chair Barry Willoughby
    Show Chair Mary Willoughby
    Show Secretary Cathy Featherby
    Show Secretary Mary Willoughby
    Display /Learning Garden John Wrinch
    Prospect Hall Coordinator John Wrinch
    Judges Chair Barry Willoughby
    Judges Chair Phil Newton
    Facebook/Instagram Kara Delbrouck
    Director Wayne Reid
    Director Emily Erickson
    Director Jessica Lacey
    History:  The Victoria Gladiolus Club started in 1946 and held annual shows in the Crystal Gardens. In 1951 or 1952 two Club members, Bill Kempster and Dorothy Eveleigh starting growing dahlias and exhibiting them in the Club shows which were then held in the Victoria Curling Rink. At about this time the Club changed its name to the Victoria Gladiolus and Dahlia Society. Over the years dahlias grew to become the dominant interest and in 2001 gladiolus was dropped from the club name.
    In the 1950’s, a number of club members started to hybridize dahlias and exhibit in shows in Oregon, Washington and BC. Dorothy Eveleigh and Bill Kempster’s wife, Bea, were active in the Flower Arrangers Guild – hence the participation of flower arrangers in the VDS show. Bea also did all the illustrations in the “Cook’s Manual” which became the American Dahlia Society’s official “Guide to Judging Dahlias”.
    Bill Kempster was also instrumental in the foundation of the Horticultural Center of the Pacific (now Glendale Gardens). He started a dahlia garden at the Horticultural Center which the Victoria Dahlia Society later took over. In 1994 it became the Victoria Dahlia Trial Garden, a sanctioned seedling dahlia garden of the American Dahlia Society.
    Source: Bill Kempster