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    Pest Control Strategies

    Many thanks to Judith for her excellent presentation on pest control at our last general meeting! For those who weren’t able to attend or would like a recap, here is the information: Pest Control Strategies The “big” growers in our … Continue reading

    Connie’s Winning Blooms Featured in the Times Colonist

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    VDS Members Win at the American Dahlia Society National Show

        Congratulations to VDS members Phil, Teresa, Paul and Connie for their showing last weekend at the American Dahlia Society National Show in Portland Oregon. Phil and Teresa won 5 ribbons , Paul won 2 Head table awards and … Continue reading

    What’s Growing in the Dahlia Garden

    It’s early-July and the dahlia garden is starting to come to life in Victoria. Below is a photo of Jomanda growing in Rob and Sarah’s garden – what’s growing in your garden? Send your dahlia photos to so we … Continue reading

    A Brief History of the VDS

    In 1946 the Victoria Gladiolus Club was created and it held annual shows in the Crystal Gardens. In 1951 or 1952 two Club members, Bill Kempster and Dorothy Eveleigh started growing dahlias and exhibiting them in the Club shows which … Continue reading

    Cracking the Dahlia Code

    Ever wondered what dahlia growers and sellers are talking about when they say Vassio Meggos is an “A ID L LV10” or Mr Ralph is a “B FD DB BR/OR”? Confused about the difference between a “Formal Dec” and an … Continue reading

    You Don’t Need a Garden to Grow Dahlias

    Dahlias make excellent potted plants.  Cathy Featherby has kindly provided some instructions on how to get the best out of your potted dahlias: POT SIZE Use a good size pot – 5 to 7 gal. for larger plants and any … Continue reading

    Dahlias Make a Dramatic Impact in Borders and Pots

    Dahlias work extremely well as border plants and in pots and as an added benefit the bees and butterflies love them. Pictured below are some dahlia varieties that work particularly well in the garden border, including Rembrandt which grows to … Continue reading

    This could be Your Garden

    Below are photos from member gardens taken in summers past.  Want these gardens?  Come out to our Plant & Tuber Sale. In this photo, dahlias are being protected from expected rain showers. This is done in preparation for our Annual … Continue reading

    Five Signs of Spring in Victoria

    5 – Cherry Blossoms 4 – Daffodils blooming 3 – First Swallows of the year (Photo by: Jen Goellnitz) 2 – Victoria Dahlia Society members start returning from places like Hawaii and Arizona (sorry, no photo)   1 – Dahlia … Continue reading

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