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Marilyn Masurat passes away December 2018

Marilyn and Ken
with some mighty big dahlias


Marilyn Masurat passed away late December 2018.  Her health challenges had been significant the past couple of years and during the last few months she was cared for by family and caregivers that were very amazing.

Marilyn, along with her husband Ken, have been involved in the west coast dahlia world … See entire post.

2018 Stanley Johnson Medal Winner

The American Dahlia Society announces the 2018 winner of the Stanley Johnson Medal –
Clearview Daniel a yellow ball. This medal is presented annually by the ADS to the dahlia variety with the greatest number of higher awards – awards above blue ribbons – accumulated during the previous season of flower shows across the United States and Canada. 

Clearview Daniel was originated by … See entire post.

2018 Hart, Dudley, and Gullickson Awards

The Derrill W. Hart medal

Awarded to the cultivar that has the highest average trial garden score in the accredited trial gardens located across the United States and Canada during the previous year as an AA/A; B; BB; M; Ball/Miniature Ball/Pompon; ST/NX; and Waterlily. The highest three scores shall be used to determine such highest average. In case of ties, … See entire post.

What Does a Novice Dahlia Grower Do After Frost?


Nothing seems to terrify a novice dahlia grower more than coping with the plants after the first frost.  Coping with tubers does not need to be a trial.  A professional grower can go to the following page for very detailed instructions on dealing with tubers:


A novice grower, or a casual gardener enjoying garden dahlias, however, … See entire post.

Claudia Biggs receives Garden of the Month Award

Twenty years ago, she was missing the dahlias her late husband had always planted. Not much of a gardener at that time, she didn’t follow her husband’s methods. So, to get her fix for the year, she headed for the dahlia displays at that year’s Spokane County Interstate Fair.

“I was hooked,” she said, laughing. “Now I’m a senior judge … See entire post.

Virus in Dahlias – Become Part of the Solution!

One of the opportunities that has evolved from the virus work at Washington State University is for you to become an important part of the solution to the problem of virus in our dahlia patches.  There are two key items that need to become a part of your routine practice in your garden.  First is to watch for the appearance … See entire post.