87th Annual Show Of The Midwest Dahlia Conference

August 30, 2022 at 8:47 p.m.
87th Annual Show Of The Midwest Dahlia Conference
87th Annual Show Of The Midwest Dahlia Conference

By Staff Report-

ELKHART COUNTY – Dahlias are a favorite flower among many gardeners because of versatility.  Dahlias come in many colors, shapes, designs and sizes, totaling into the many hundreds in terms of variety, according to a news release from the Elkhart Dahlia Society.

The 87th Annual Show of the Midwest Dahlia Conference, sponsored by the Elkhart Dahlia Society, will be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Farmstead Inn Expo Barn, 368 S. Van Buren St. (Ind. 5), Shipshewana. The Midwest Dahlia Conference serves 16 clubs from as far west as Kansas City, east to Pittsburg, from Ontario, Canada in the north and south to Indiana.  The dahlia show is open to the public. The American Dahlia Society provides detailed specifications for the evaluation of new dahlias.  

The viewing of these beautiful dahlias is free to the public on Sept. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  At 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 the dahlia show blooms (no vases) will be given away to the public.

There are many forms of dahlias. The blooms range in size from micro (1 inch) to dinnerplate (can be over 12 inches) and are in every color and color combination except blue.  All blooms at the show are recognized by the American Dahlia Society.

Raffle tickets for a dahlia quilt, pieced by Elkhart Dahlia Society member Marcia Chambers of Topeka, will be available on Sept. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Elkhart Dahlia Society members in green aprons will be available to answer questions and give suggestions about raising dahlias and how to become a member.

The Midwest Dahlia Conference serves 16 clubs from as far west as Kansas City, east to Pittsburg, and from Ontario, Canada, to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  

It is one of seven regional conferences aligned with the ADS. The ADS sponsors seven Trial Garden locations in the United States and Canada to provide a place for hybridizers to have new dahlia cultivars evaluated.  The ADS provides detailed specifications for these evaluations. Trial gardens are located in parks or gardens that the public can visit.  The trial garden in Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol is cared for by members of the Elkhart Dahlia Society and is  open to the public.

Several members of the Elkhart Dahlia Society have had dahlias pass the evaluations of trial gardens to become recognized hybrids by the ADS.  Many of their blooms will be at the Midwest Dahlia Conference show on Sept. 10 and 11.  

The Elkhart Dahlia Society is the only dahlia society in Indiana with membership from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.  It is a group of dahlia enthusiasts that meet regularly to discuss methods of growing, propagating and over-wintering tubers. A dahlia tuber sale is held in May and garden tours are held in the summer.  

There is also a late summer annual show.  This year’s 67th show is in conjunction with the 87th Midwest Dahlia Conference.  

The Elkhart Dahlia Society members enjoy sharing tips and techniques to raise dahlias and welcomes new members.  Find Elkhart Dahlia Society on Facebook or visit the website at www.elkhartdahliasociety.com.

ELKHART COUNTY – Dahlias are a favorite flower among many gardeners because of versatility.  Dahlias come in many colors, shapes, designs and sizes, totaling into the many hundreds in terms of variety, according to a news release from the Elkhart Dahlia Society.

The 87th Annual Show of the Midwest Dahlia Conference, sponsored by the Elkhart Dahlia Society, will be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Farmstead Inn Expo Barn, 368 S. Van Buren St. (Ind. 5), Shipshewana. The Midwest Dahlia Conference serves 16 clubs from as far west as Kansas City, east to Pittsburg, from Ontario, Canada in the north and south to Indiana.  The dahlia show is open to the public. The American Dahlia Society provides detailed specifications for the evaluation of new dahlias.  

The viewing of these beautiful dahlias is free to the public on Sept. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  At 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 the dahlia show blooms (no vases) will be given away to the public.

There are many forms of dahlias. The blooms range in size from micro (1 inch) to dinnerplate (can be over 12 inches) and are in every color and color combination except blue.  All blooms at the show are recognized by the American Dahlia Society.

Raffle tickets for a dahlia quilt, pieced by Elkhart Dahlia Society member Marcia Chambers of Topeka, will be available on Sept. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Elkhart Dahlia Society members in green aprons will be available to answer questions and give suggestions about raising dahlias and how to become a member.

The Midwest Dahlia Conference serves 16 clubs from as far west as Kansas City, east to Pittsburg, and from Ontario, Canada, to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  

It is one of seven regional conferences aligned with the ADS. The ADS sponsors seven Trial Garden locations in the United States and Canada to provide a place for hybridizers to have new dahlia cultivars evaluated.  The ADS provides detailed specifications for these evaluations. Trial gardens are located in parks or gardens that the public can visit.  The trial garden in Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol is cared for by members of the Elkhart Dahlia Society and is  open to the public.

Several members of the Elkhart Dahlia Society have had dahlias pass the evaluations of trial gardens to become recognized hybrids by the ADS.  Many of their blooms will be at the Midwest Dahlia Conference show on Sept. 10 and 11.  

The Elkhart Dahlia Society is the only dahlia society in Indiana with membership from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.  It is a group of dahlia enthusiasts that meet regularly to discuss methods of growing, propagating and over-wintering tubers. A dahlia tuber sale is held in May and garden tours are held in the summer.  

There is also a late summer annual show.  This year’s 67th show is in conjunction with the 87th Midwest Dahlia Conference.  

The Elkhart Dahlia Society members enjoy sharing tips and techniques to raise dahlias and welcomes new members.  Find Elkhart Dahlia Society on Facebook or visit the website at www.elkhartdahliasociety.com.
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