North Central Washington Dahlia Society
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
5:30 - Social Time, 6:00 - 7:00 Meeting
Canyon Creek Condominium Clubhouse
225 - 19th NE, East Wenatchee, WA
Each meeting covers a variety of timely topics, including updates on virus research at WSU, new growing techniques, effects of local weather conditions on bloom and tuber production, new variety introductions, and business related to the demonstration garden, tuber sales, annual show, and other social events that are held throughout the year. The fastest way to learn is to jump in and join your local society. New growers welcomed and encouraged to join.
Meet the Team
Keith Rupprecht is serving as Vice President and has been growing dahlias for twelve years in Warden, WA. He enjoys working with new members and sharing his enthusiasm for growing with them. He is a passionate deliverer of smiles, hand packing and transporting up to 18 vases of flowers a week to local businesses. As a cancer survivor, it is one of his top priorities to give hope to those who have no hope, making sure the cancer center gets flowers throughout the summer until the final frost makes that impossible. Keith enjoys competing, having won "Best of Show" in two county fairs. He is currently on track to becoming a judge, and his biggest joy in life is watching his grandchildren grow.
Rod Grille has been growing dahlias since the 80's with what started as two plants from a local nursery in New York as a Mother's Day gift to his wife from his son and daughter. On his own, he managed to dig, divide, and store them until the following year. Despite his small garden, he managed to grow fifty plants in 6-8 varieties. In 2014, Rod and his wife, Angela, moved to Washington, onto a 46-acre ranch owned by their daughter. No longer restricted by size, Rod now grows 140 plants, spanning sixty different varieties of all colors and forms. Rod entered his first show here in Washington, purely for the experience, and was pleasantly surprised to take home several ribbons. In addition, Rod and Angela grow vegetables in a garden that spans 4,000 sq. ft., they enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and are ski instructors at the local ski mountain, Mission Ridge.
Gloria Van Buren Hainline starting growing dahlias after she retired, attending her first meeting one autumn as the group was planning to dig the garden on Emerson and helped cutting that was done in March and was hooked. She enjoys talking to people at sales about getting started or finding tubers for dahlias they might like. Her growing area is very sandy soil which she is still working on, but has found other places to plant including the Three Lakes Golf Course, a couple of private homes, at the club garden on Emerson since 2006, and, in partnership with another club member, grows over 500 in a garden that is in its 5th year. She enjoys sharing bouquets and hopes to work on her photography skills this year, as well as travel to enter a few more shows.
Victoria Bosche (Vic) is serving as Treasurer and has been growing dahlias for nine years. Vic says the best part of this club is that everyone makes you feel welcome from the first day they meet you. She especially loves serving at the tuber sales and talking with excited growers in our area and sharing her knowledge whenever she can. She is most proud of winning the award for Best Old Fashioned Bouquets in Show at our annual show at Pybus Market. She is most looking forward to helping put on another great show at Pybus and being a part of the planning for the National 2020 show which will be held in Wenatchee. In addition to growing dahlias, Vic is an excellent knitter and serves as the Treasurer for the local Knitting Guild.
LaVern Strawn has 25 years experience in retail greenhouse sales growing annuals, perennials, vegetables, as well as landscaping trees and shrubs. After retirement, about 5 years ago, a friend stopped in to ask if she could plant dahlias in her big garden area standing idle so, she joined the dahlia phase of her retirement. Her patch is big enough for 600 plantings. She is caught up in their beauty of forms and colors. She says that "Flower people are good people in every way." Her current goals are to help rid dahlias of viruses, as well as to learn judging and hybridizing.
Linda DeRooy Holmes-Cook is currently serving as President and is very active in the dahlia community, having been raised around dahlias. Her dad, in 1952, co-founded the Pacific Northwest Dahlia Conference, along with several other groups. After dealing with medical issues, Linda and her sisters stepped in to help with their dad's garden. She has been growing her own dahlias since 2005 and enjoys showing, judging, and serving as Editor of American Dahlia Society Bulletin which comes out quarterly. She has served as Show Chair for our local show for six years and is currently the NCW Representative to the Federation of NW Dahlia Growers. She hopes to become a Senior Level judge this growing season but most enjoys all the people she has become friends with along the way. In additional to dahlias, she is the Volunteer Coordinator at Pybus Public Market and lead for her WHS Class of 1967 alumni group. Much of her time now is spent serving as the Local Arrangement Chair for the ADS 2020 National Show, which will be held in Wenatchee.