The Queensland Dahlia Society was formed in 1933 and is arguably Australia’s oldest continuous specialist dahlia club. Since then members have been promoting our flower at displays and exhibitions at many locations around metropolitan Brisbane and the Granite Belt.
Only during the disastrous floods of 1974 was our main state show not conducted. Currently our main show is conducted in the auditorium of the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. We also support agricultural and horticultural shows at Wavell Heights, Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Toowoomba and smaller shows in the Darling Downs.
Members are kept informed of society activities via a quarterly news letter. Before the show season begins we hold a field day in one of three dahlia exhibitor regions on a rotational basis. Visitors attend prominent grower’s gardens on the Granite Belt, northern Brisbane and Coorabell where cultural practices are demonstrated and explained. We have a “How To” publication specific to Queensland conditions available for new growers. As well senior members are always keen to provide mentoring assistance.
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STANTHORPE AGRICULTURAL 3rd FEBRUARY
Grand Champion Coorabell Zoe (small dec) W. & J. McCosker
Reserve Champion Moray Bronte (small cactus) W. & J. McCosker
TENTERFIELD HORTICULTURAL 24TH FEBRUARY
Grand Champion Formby Elite (med cactus) W. & J. McCosker
Reserve Champion Bracken Joan (min dec) Wedd Family
WAVELL HEIGHTS 3rd & 4th MARCH
Grand Champion Moray Bronte (min cactus) W. & J. McCosker
Reserve Champion Coorabell Seedling (sm cactus) Wedd family
MT COOT-THA 17th & 18th MARCH
Grand Champion Pretty Girl (med cactus) Wedd Family
Reserve Champion Formby Supreme W. & J. McCosker
Nine Bloom Challenge W. & J. McCosker
Vase Championship B. & M. Burnell
5 Queensland Raised W. & j. McCosker
2018 Challenge Bloom (Mellum Nina) W. & J. McCosker
Aggregate Points Open Wedd Family
Aggregate Points Intermediate Bob Colburn
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In our sub tropical climate dahlias can be planted as early as September in our frost free coastal areas and be flowering by Christmas. However this means flowering during our hot summers when they are not at their best. Exhibitors here plant in November/December for flowering in February/March to coincide with our shows held in late summer and in the autumn. Growers residing in our cooler climes of the Granite Belt plant in October to prepare for early shows in January and February.
Australian raised dahlias are grown and shown worldwide and Queensland breeders have contributed to this situation by being prominent in this field. Cultivars bearing the Bracken, Moray, and Downs prefixes are amongst the winners throughout Australia, USA, the UK, and NZ. Recently new prefixes, Granite, Stannum and Coorabell have appeared boosting the supply of quality local cultivars.