Long Island Dahlia Society

LIDS Newsletter - October 2014

President's Message - Garden Tasks and Our 2nd Show

by Joe Laundrie

The garden looks beautiful, and besides the deadheading, weeding, and overall maintenance there are task to keep your garden in top form and to prepare for the 2015 dahlia season. Go through your garden; pull out any dahlia plants that did not grow well or performed. If you love the flower on that dahlia that did not do well, obtain a healthy tuber for next year’s garden. Also check your tags! Make sure you have your dahlias labeled correctly.

This month's show will be held along with the LIDS Photo Competition, I encourage all of you to bring your blooms and enter your photos; it is a great way to show off your work and take pride in our club. I am looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting Thursday, October 16, which is after the show. --- Joe Laundrie, President

Long Island Dahlia Society Photo Contest


Déjà Dahlia Vu!
It's Show Time!
Photo Show and Competition Time

Saturday, October 11 and Sunday October 12, 2014

Our 2nd Dahlia Competition of the season will take place on Saturday, October 11 followed by the all day Exhibition on Sunday October 12. 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; we had quite a lot of novices win ribbons. LIDS members will be on hand to help you stage your dahlias for the judges.

This second show features our photo show and competition as well, this is also a great time to display your beautiful dahlia photos, there are entry categories for beginners, advanced, and professional. View and download all of the details and rules for the competition on our website, or you will find brochures in the Wolkoff Garden.


Bring Blooms for the Competition!

All dahlia growers are welcome to enter their blooms in the competition, experienced and novices alike. We will have LIDS members on hand to assist anyone who brings blooms with the setting up and staging of the dahlias to enter in the competition. This is a great way to show off what you have grown. Not sure if you have what it takes? You do, just bring your best looking blooms, with at least one set of leaves showing and you will learn how to set up flowers for the show. It is easy, it is fun, and you may win a ribbon!


Bring Blooms for the Arrangements!

If you have blooms to donate for our arrangements , please bring them down as well! They are most appreciated, all of the blooms that are donated by generous growers like you are sold as arrangements to show visitors.

Long Island Dahlia Society Photo Contest 


LIDS 2nd Show - A Mix of Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the show, from setup and clerking to greeting visitors and cleanup. We also need volunteers to sell flowers on Sat 12-5 and/or Sun 10-4. We also need volunteers at the Photo Show. Any time you can volunteer is most appreciated!


One August Saturday Morning in the Garden...

LIDS volunteers tend to the dahlias.

Long Island Dahlia Society Photo Contest 

Long Island Dahlia Society Photo Contest 


Fundraising News

"Happy Fall Everyone!" If anyone has pictures to donate to the picture card sales that would be most appreciated. I thank everyone who volunteered his or her time to all our previous sales and shows. A LIDS winning team once again showed their dedication to our club.

With gratitude -Fund Raiser Chairperson, Kelly Abercrombie


Next General Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:00 PM

Carriage House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum


Bayard Cutting Arboretum Fall Festival Thank You!

Thank you all LIDS Festival volunteers, you brought flowers and fillers, helped setup, cleanup, and supported our Wolkoff Garden and the Arboretum. Your help is most appreciated. A special thank you to the Burford family for all of their help and support during the festival, you all did a great job!


LIDS Membership

Dues: Please remember to bring a check for your dues, and a don't forget if you want to be an American Dahlia Society member that cost is $24 per person or $27 for family which will give you two copies of the ADS Dahlia Guide. The basic LIDS dues are $20 for membership per family. 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, or e-mail 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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