ADS News

Dr. Pappu, WSU, honored
with the Humboldt Award

Dr. Hannu Pappu,  Washington State University virologist, has been honored with the Humboldt Award.  The award is granted, in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date, to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Pappu is the President … See entire post.

Free Virus Testing for Dahlia Vendors

If you sell dahlias and are located in the United States, The American Dahlia Society (ADS) would like to test a portion of your dahlia stock at no cost to you.  (Unfortunately, the logistics of sending leaf samples into the US precludes testing for companies outside the US.)  Funding from the Scheetz-Chuey Foundation will make this possible and the … See entire post.

New Garden Dahlia Presentation

Hapet Duo
Photo, A. Fisher

What is the difference between a garden dahlia and an exhibition dahlia? Where can I see examples of each?

In response to this sort of question, Alan Fisher, The Chairman of the Garden Dahlias Committee has prepared a presentation showing a couple dozen dahlias, examples of garden dahlias, exhibition dahlias, and dahlias that work for … See entire post.

Bill McClaren passes away 3/13/2018


Our beloved Bill McClaren, former owner of Alpen Gardens, and founder of the Montana Dahlia Society, passed away on March 13, 2018 at the age of 89.  Bill is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Steve, Marla, Mary, and Marjory; grandchildren, Jacy, Mandi, Dylan, and Jesse; and, great-grandchildren, Greta, Thomas, Vaida, Zachary, Ania, Drew, Devin, Will, and Addy.

For nearly … See entire post.

2 books now available online
for 100 years of ADS history!

The American Dahlia Society – The Second 50 Years was published in 2015 in conjunction with the 100 year ADS anniversary celebration. 

This publication is based on the Bulletins from 1965 – 2014 and is a buffet of tidbits-dim sum or tapas–of information that presents the ADS, the flower, and its people for your enjoyment.

It is not intended to … See entire post.

New Edition Available
Dahlias: A Monthly Guide

The revised 4th Edition of the nation’s most popular dahlia growing guide is now available.

This 48 page, fully illustrated publication is your month-by-month primer on dahlia culture; it offers well-seasoned, authoritative advice for beginners and expert growers. There is nothing like it!

This guide is a publication of the Puget Sound Dahlia Association.  Find it in the ADS StoreSee entire post.

Nancy Moore passes away 4/30/2018


With heavy heart we need to inform the dahlia community of the passing of Nancy Moore, who for more than the past half century, was a prominent member of the American Dahlia Society. Nancy was fully one-half of the “Moore Team” along with her late husband and past president of the ADS, James C. “Bud” Moore.

She passed on April … See entire post.

John Armstrong passes away 1/28/2018

After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with sadness and sorrow that the Dahlia Society of New Brunswick announces the passing of John Armstrong on January 28th, 2018 at the age of 58. John was a well-known dahlia grower, exhibitor, lecturer and senior dahlia judge in Atlantic Canada. John was a great supporter of dahlia shows and exhibited for … See entire post.

John Frater passes away 11/14/2017

We sadly note the passing, at age 86, of John Frater of Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand. John was the originator of the Taratahi line of dahlias. He also won prizes as a bagpiper and was a respected pipe major with his local band. John opened numerous dahlia shows by leading a procession with his bagpipes down the streets to the … See entire post.