Trial Gardens 2017

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The American Dahlia Society sponsors public trial gardens at locations across North America. Another group of excellent new cultivars were evaluated in our ADS Trial Gardens in 2017.

The results table shows the scores for each cultivar in each of the trial gardens and includes links to pictures of the entries in most of the gardens. The last column in the table provides links to the supplier who is serving to introduce the new cultivar on behalf of the originator. (Supplier contact info is below.)

You may also see photos from our trial gardens by visiting our photo gallery.

Derrill W. Hart Medals (DWH)* and an Evie Gullikson Medal (EG)** are awarded to the cultivars that perform best in three or more of the gardens. The Medal winners for 2017 are:

AA/A AC Jeri DWH Ken Greenway
B Clearview Pastelle DWH Dick and Danielle Parshall
BB Allen’s Blackbeard DWH Allen Manuel
M Skipley Smiles DWH Richard Williams
BA/MBa/P Clearview Peachy DWH Dick and Danielle Parshall
OC Baron Sylvia S EG Ron Miner

The Medal Winners are shown in the results table in boldface font. Congratulations to each of the winners, as well as to all the originators who managed to have seedlings with passing scores in the Trial Gardens! Most of the Medal winners have been there before; but Allen Manuel is new to the winner’s circle. Check the list of successful BB cultivars. Allen seems to have a lock on that size class! Dick and Danielle Parshall have won two or more awards every year for the last three. Wonderful job; wonderful entries; thanks!

The operation and maintenance of the ADS Trial Gardens are voluntary efforts and we would like to thank the Trial Garden Directors, the local society volunteers, and the ADS judges who make the evaluation of these fine new cultivars possible. Marilyn and I would also like to recognize and welcome Jerry Zierdt, our new Trial Garden Committee Co-Chairman.

Ron Miner, Marilyn Walton, Jerry Zierdt
TG Co-chairs


Sources for Successful New 2017 Cultivars

Company Proprietor Website Code
Accent Dahlias Ken Greenway A
Birch Bay Dahlias Steve and Sandy Boley B
Dahlias by Les and Viv Les and Viv Connell C
Clearview Dahlias Dick and Danielle Parshall   CL
Cowlitz River Dahlias Teresa Bergman CO
Crazy 4 Dahlias John Spangenberg CR
Dan’s Dahlias Dan Pearson D
Hollyhill Dahlias Ted and Margaret Kennedy H
JS Dahlias Jerry Schoenauer J
Lobaugh Dahlias Wayne Lobaugh L
River’s Dahlias Eugene Kenyon R
Swan Island Dahlias The Gitts Family SI

* The Derrill W. Hart medal

Awarded to the cultivar that has the highest average trial garden score in the Trial Gardens located across the United States and Canada as an AA or A (Classes 0001-1515); B (Classes 2001-2515); BB (Classes 3001-3515); M (Classes 4001-4515); Ball, MiniatureBall, or Pompon (Classes 6001- 6215); ST(7001-7515) or NX(7601-7615); and Waterlily (7301-7315). The highest 3 scores (from individual Trial Gardens) are used to determine the highest average. In case of ties, duplicate awards will be awarded.

** The Evie Gullickson medal

Awarded to the cultivar that has the highest average Seedling Bench Evaluation score and the highest average Trial Garden score as a PE, AN, NO, CO, O, S, MS (8001-9715).