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Queensland Dahlia Society

 

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.

 

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-ha botanical gardens. Other shows are held in shopping centres and suburban halls. These are stand alone shows set up, manned, and dismantled by our members. We also support agricultural shows held in season especially on the Darling Downs.

 

Members

Members are kept informed of society activities via a quarterly news letter. Before the show season begins we hold a field day in a prominent grower’s garden 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.
For further information please contact,


President
Mike Colby
PO Box 202, Carina 4152

Secretary
Don Litster
dslitster@bigpond.com
07 33002427

Treasurer
Stephen Wedd
stevenwedd57@gmail.com

 

Queensland Show Results 2012

 

STANTHORPE AGRICULTURAL 3rd FEBRUARY

Grand Champion       Seedling (miniature cactus)     B. & J. Murphy

Reserve Grand            Kiara Julia                               M. & B. Balch

 

WAVELL HEIGHTS 3rd & 4th MARCH

Grand Champion       Reg Kapler (large)       Wedd family

 

Reserve                       Bracken Glenda          Wedd family  

 

GRANITE BELT GROWERS 10th MARCH

Grand Champion       Kiara Julia                   B & J Murphy

Reserve                       Small Dec. Seedling    M & B Balch  

 

MT COOT-THA 17th & 18th MARCH

Grand Champion       Kiara Julia                   W & J McCosker

Reserve                       Bracken Glenda          B & J Murphy

 

MORAYFIELD 24th March

Grand Champion      Bracken Joan               Wedd Family

Reserve                       Karen Joy                    Wedd family

 

TOOWOOMBA ROYAL 28th MARCH

Grand                         Red Med. Cac. Seedling         Wedd family

Reserve                       Moray Bronte                          M & B Balch

 

LUTWYCHE CENTRO 31st MARCH

Grand                         Moray Bronte                          Wedd family

Reserve                       Bracken Joan                           Wedd family

 

 

 

 

Champions from Queensland

 

 

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When to plant

In our sub tropical climate dahlias can be planted as early as September in our frost free coastal areas and be flowering three months later. However this means flowering during our hot summers and are not at their best. Exhibitors here plant in December for flowering in March to escape the heat and to coincide with our shows held in the autumn. Growers residing in our cooler climes of the Granite Belt and the Darling Downs 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, the US of A, the UK, and NZ. Recently new prefixes, Granite and Stannum, have appeared boosting the supply of quality local cultivars.

 

 

Cultivars from Queensland

 

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