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 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.
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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
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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 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.