Long Island Dahlia Society

LIDS Newsletter - August 2014

President's Message - It's Show Time!

by Joe Laundrie

Our first show of the season is coming up on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, September 1, 2014. This is the perfect time for LIDS members, new and experienced, to enter their blooms in the show. Are you new to entering dahlias for competition? We will have experienced volunteers on hand to guide you every step of the way. Come on down early on Saturday morning and join the group setting up their dahlias to present to the judges. There is a novice class for the newcomers. Our membership meeting this month will focus on dahlia competitions. You can bring flowers to the meeting and ask an expert any questions you may have. The meeting will aslo feature a demonstration on how to assemble dahlia baskets. Hope to see you at the meeting!

Most important of all, is to GIVE IT A TRY! It is a lot of fun and the experienced growers are delighted to help the new entrants, it is a great way to show off your dahlias and to see hundreds of beautiful blooms.


General Meeting

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 PM

Carriage House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum


The Beautiful Picnic Day!

Thank you to everyone who came to the picnic with great dishes and prizes for our raffle table. It was a beautiful day, the dahlia garden was stunning! See the photos in the Photo Gallery. Thank you to Patrick Schlidt for managing this event!

Long Island Dahlia Society Patches 


LIDS 2014 Photo Show!

by Dee Cunningham

It's time to dust off those cameras! Though October seems far away, the Long Island Dahlia Society's Annual Photo Competition and Display is fast approaching. The Wolkoff Garden at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum is in full bloom already so come on down and click away. You can take pictures of your own dahlia blooms too! Watch for further details in the September LIDS newsletter.


It's Show Time!  It's Worth Repeating

by Maureen Buford

Saturday, August 30 and Sunday September 1

Our 70th Annual Dahlia Competition will take place on August 30th followed by the all day Exhibition on Sunday August 31st. For new and established gardeners alike, there are many reasons to step up and be a part of this colorful event. The Novice table is available for anyone who has not previously won a prize in each Novice category, what a thrill it is to be a winner for the first time. Conditions such as weather, travel, damage and etc. may keep the heavy hitters from entering, opening the way to a higher award for that special flower you have, but you "gotta be in it to win it." Finally, there are always friendly, experienced folks in the courtyard to help you groom and present your dahlia for the show table. 2014 could be your year, what are you waiting for?

Long Island Dahlia Society Show

The 2014 Show Program is on the website and
will be available in print at the meeting.

Long Island Dahlia Society Show

LIDS now has large and small baskets available for basket entries.

Joe Bonomo will have samples at the August meeting.

As always, the Show cannot go on without our volunteers. Please sign up at the August meeting or at the Garden to help set up the show, sell raffles and flowers, meet and greet show guests, hang out in the Dahlia Garden to talk with visitors and especially CLEAN UP ON Sunday at 4:00 pm. The more we share the work, the more rewarding and enjoyable this event is for all of us.


An Evening in the Garden

August 20, at 6:30 pm

LIDS will be hosting the Horticultural Society evening walk to the Wolkoff Garden on August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

A chance to see our spectacular garden in the evening is a treat not to be missed. As always families others are welcome.

LIDS members can join the Hort Society at the gazebo (6:30 pm) and walk over or drive directly to the garden. Light refreshments a relaxed vibe, late August evening in the Arboretum, what's not to like?


Bayard Cutting Arboretum Fall Festival

September 27 and 28, 2014

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

We need volunteers to help with refreshments, set up our exhibits, schmooze with Garden visitors, assist with our flower demo and hang out at the LIDS tent Free admission, coffee, lunch and enjoy the Fest. Light duties and a fun day ask anyone who has been there. Full and half day volunteer slots. See Maureen, email maburf@yahoo.com or sign up at the August Meeting.


Dues will be due in September

In accordance with the decision taken last year by the Board and Membership, LIDS annual $20.00 dues will be due in September. Dues may be paid directly to Millie Canzoneri or by mail at LIDS, PO Box 76, West Sayville, NY 11796. Please take time to let us know if your address, telephone number, internet service provider or email address has changed.


Saturday Mornings at the William Wolkoff Garden

Each Saturday during the dahlia season (typically late March to November, unless otherwise notified) our volunteers meet at 9:00 AM at the William Wolkoff Dahlia Garden in Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Under the leadership of the Garden Director Joe Lysik, our volunteers support the garden by preparing the tubers for planting, maintaining the garden during the bloom times, through the digging up the tubers at the end of season, this is a hands-on learning experience, all are welcome. Work in the garden is followed by coffee and cake at 11:00 AM.


Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held year round, on the third Thursday of the month at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, located at:

440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739

Set GPS to these either address: Great River Rd & NY-27A (Montauk Hwy), or
NY-27A & Union Blvd, East Islip NY 11730



LIDS 2014 Calendar!

The full 2014 LIDS Calendar of Events has been published and
available online at www.longislanddahlia.org/calendar-of-events.asp



LIDS dues are $20.
You can pay your dues at monthly meetings or mail a check to:

P.O. Box 76
West Sayville, NY 11796

New members receive a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter and
three (3) free tubers in when they available in the spring.


LIDS Dahlia Shows

Dahlia growers, whether expert or novice come from all points of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and even Rhode Island to display their gardening achievements, hoping to reach the prestigious Court of Honor. Because the cooler weather brings out their vibrant colors, these regional shows are held in September and October when Dahlias are at their peak. The shows are held in the lower level of the Carriage House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in August and October of this year.  See the calendar for dates.


Resource Links

American Dahlia Society

Mid-Island Dahlia Society

Greenwich Dahlia Society

Rhode Island Dahlia Society

Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society


Executive Board

President - Joe Laundrie

Vice-President - Maureen Burford

Treasurer - Joe Lysik

Website Director - Carol Jansch

Recording Secretary - Dee Cunningham

Hospitality - Patrick Schildt

Membership - Millie Canzoneri

Fundraising Chair - Kelly Abercrombie

Corresponding Secretary/Newsletter - Carol Jansch

Garden Director - Joe Lysik

Associate Garden Directors -
John Canzoneri, Ted Gollatz, Gene Murtha, Mike Kehl and Lenny Nicolosi

NADC Representatives - Joe Laundrie / Jim Micheels

ADS Representative - William Bushman

Show Chairperson - Joe Laundrie

Evaluation - Dennis Kirchner

Wolkoff Dahlia Garden Design - William Wolkoff

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