The Central West Dahlia Society encompasses the Central Tablelands and Central West districts of New South Wales.
Situated west of Sydney’s Blue Mountains, the region covers an area of 200km by 150km, from Wentworth Falls in the east to Dubbo in the west, and from Cowra in the south to Mudgee in the north.
From 1950 to 1970 there were many Central West exhibitors at dahlia shows in Orange and Bathurst. In the large country town of Mudgee, until the last 20 years, there were 10 strong local exhibitors, including Harold Evans, who exhibited for 50 consecutive years at the Mudgee Show, and 49 consecutive years at his hometown show at Gulgong. Interest in the Central West however had declined to such a low level that that it was decided to encourage and support local dahlia growers with the formation of the Central West Dahlia Society in 2003.
In order to encourage participation in local shows, an annual Central West Dahlia Championship consisting of a number of sponsored classes, is rotated around the Central West. The main class is the Central West Dahlia Championship, consisting of three vases distinct types standard units. A new class recently introduced is the Other Types under 160mm Dahlia Challenge, distinct types, standard units exhibitors choice of Collerette, Single, Anemone, Stellar, Orchid, Ball or Pompon types.
To support show societies, Central West Dahlia Society medallions are offered as a component of Central West Dahlia Society membership. Medals are offered to affiliated societies as part of their membership and also provided to interstate and overseas dahlia societies in an exchange program.
The Central West Dahlia Society also promotes dahlias to the general public in a non-competitive environment. In 2011, dahlia displays were held in Bathurst and Mount Wilson, exposing our flowers to a new audience.
Saturday 9th January : AGM + General Meeting - Bathurst Panthers Club, Piper Street Bathurst
Saturday 17th April : General Meeting - Uniting Church, Adelaide Street, Blayney
Saturday 10th July : General Meeting - Club Lithgow, Lithgow Street, Lithgow
Saturday 16th October : General Meeting + Green Cutting Demonstration - Strathnook Lane, Clifton Grove
Contact : Rob Slarke : firstname.lastname@example.org