Upcoming Events

WORKBEES AND WORKSHOPS
Senior Judges are welcome to all courses as their participation enriches the learning opportunities for all participants.

Piper Creek Trial Garden Workbees

Date: Tuesdays – July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, and August 16, 2016
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10am – (until the work is done)
Activities: Help out at Canada’s only dahlia Trial Garden! See new varieties being assessed, learn all about Pruning, Hoeing, Disbudding, Colour Coding, and Scoring from the experts. Participants will also be given the opportunity to evaluate entries should they wish.

Dahlia Judging Course I (Pre-registration recommended)

Date: 
July 23, 2016
Where: 
Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 
10am – 4pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Activities: This course is for beginners and will teach participants to identify the various forms of dahlias in preparation for show judging.
Contact:
Ken Jensen ambbowl@shaw.ca or 403-782-5095

Pollinating and Harvesting Dahlia Seeds

 Date:  August 2, 2016
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10 am
Activities: This course is for people who wish to learn how to pollinate and harvest dahlia seeds.
Contact:  Ken Jensen ambbowl@shaw.ca or 403-782-5095

Colour Coding New Dahlias

Date: August 9, 2016
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10 am
Activities: Participants will do the final colour coding of entries in the trial garden for evaluation.
Contact: Ken Jensen ambbowl@shaw.ca or 403-782-5095

Flower Arranging Workshop (Pre-registration recommended)

Date: August 13, 2016
Where: 
Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 
10am – 4pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Activities:  Participants will be given information and the opportunity to create a flower arrangement. Bring your own container.
Contact: 
Marilyn McArthur Marilyn.mcarthur@hotmail.com or 403-346-4902

Gladiolus Workshop

Date: August 16, 2016
Where: 
Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 
10am – 4pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Activities:
Reg will be presenting information on Gladiolus including how to prepare them so that they will show well at the upcoming ADGS Show.
Contact: 
Reg Powys-Lybbe  marleneandreg.powyslybbe@gmail.com or 403-652-2150

ADGS Annual Dahlia and Gladiolus Show 2016

When: August 26- 28, 2016
Where: Bower Place Centre,
4900 Molly Bannister Dr. Red Deer, AB
Contact: Larry Quintilio quintiliolarry@gmail.com
Volunteers needed for ADGS Show Committee

Piper Creek Trial Garden

Piper Creek Trial Garden

Echoglen Farm, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Submitted by Lorne McArthur

Trial Gardens are the instrument which all seed growers use to develop new varieties of seeds to feed the world and beautify our yards. Governments and Departments of Agriculture around the world sponsor seedlings for food trial gardens. Seed companies employ the best geneticists to breed new varieties of plants. The American Dahlia Society, celebrating the 100th Anniversary in 2015, employs the same method.

Members of the Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society have accepted the challenge of a trial garden for dahlias. The time spent caring for, growing, judging the seedlings, and record keeping will be the result of hours of volunteer work. Alberta dahlia growers have spent a lot of time and money attending shows and participating in judging courses to become senior certified judges who are members of the much larger American Dahlia Society (ADS). An application for a trial garden has to be submitted to the ADS and once approved the garden will have a 2 year probation period. This is standard for all trial gardens.

Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society members have been growing seedlings for many years. Because of waiting lists, there is a challenge for members to get their seedlings into the US Trial Gardens. Trial Gardens in Canada have come and gone on both the West and East coasts. Trial gardens have never been on the prairies until now. Our extreme climate in Alberta makes dahlia growing a challenge. We are a hardy bunch of enthusiastic growers, with a goal to growing successful gardens. We will accommodate hybridizers from across Canada and the US.

All growers can submit tubers in their 4th growing season. Originators shall submit 3 tubers of a cultivar along with a picture, entry form and applicable fee. Cultivars in Alberta will be started indoors and transplanted after the danger of frost has passed. Directors and volunteers will maintain the trial garden. The gardens will be cared for in the same manner as all dahlia gardens. Judging will be according to the rules in the ADS Classification Handbook of Dahlias.

The City of Red Deer has been very supportive and recognizes the endeavours of the ADGS. The garden is open for public viewing during the growing season.

The Piper Creek Trial Garden is located at Echoglen Farm, Red Deer County, at the home of Lorne and Marilyn McArthur. The land location is Range Road 273 #37514. Our local people know this location as 40th Ave, south of 19 St, near the City Landfill Site. Mailing address: Lorne McArthur, RR#3, Red Deer, AB, Canada, T4N 5E3. Look for the steel pole structure behind the tree farm on the West side of 40th Ave South of the Landfill Site.

Updated Feb 16 2015 by Larry Quintilio

The probation period is complete and thanks to a tremendous amount of work and perseverance by Lorne and Marilyn McArthur, Wayne and Sheila Roberts, Ken Jensen and Eileen Grant the Piper Creek Trial Gardens are the only sanctioned trial gardens in Canada.

Mark Your Calendars

July 2015

Judging Seminars

Ken has planned the following judging seminars for the 2015 year (these will be held at the Piper Creek Trial Garden – across from the Red Deer Waste Management Facility); they are open to all including those who wish to judge and those prefer to observe:

Judging Course – Advanced 

Date: July 11, 2015
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10am – 3pm

Includes Seedling Judging. Bring a bag lunch. It is helpful if participants have taken the introductory course but it will be open to all.

Team Scoring and Work Bee

Date: Wenesdays – July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2015
Where: Piper Creek Trial Garden
Time: 10am –
Contact Ken Jensen ambbowl@shaw.ca or 403-782-5095
for more information

August 5th will also include learning to use the colour chart.
Individuals are welcome to score at other times as well.
Reg will do a presentation on grooming glads on August 12th.

August 2015
ADGS Annual Dahlia and Gladiolus Show 2015

When: August 29 – 30, 2015
Where: Bower Place Centre,
4900 Molly Bannister Dr. Red Deer, AB
Contact: Larry Quintilio larryquintilio@gmail.com
Volunteers needed for ADGS Show Committee