One of the society’s Massachusetts residents, Debbie Puerini first heard about the RIDS tuber auction from a local newspaper in May of 2007. She credits member Gayle Wentworth with helping her at the auction with dahlia names, forms and colors, and says Gayle has been sharing her knowledge and tubers ever since. Debbie became a member of RIDS, the Connecticut Dahlia Society and ADS in 2007. She was very ambitious and grew about 100 dahlias in her first year.
Debbie especially loves the laciniated form and says her favorite is Papa’s Benji. She also likes Spartacus, Ms. Julie, Jax and Badger Twinkle and hopes to show all of them at the dahlia shows. Debbie plunged right in to exhibit in the 2007 show winning several blue ribbons as a novice grower, as well as the coveted Tri-color award. She’s been competing with “the pros” since then but says she has a lot to learn about growing and showing and is looking forward to learning from other members of the society.
Debbie’s enthusiasm for growing dahlias and for participating in RIDS activities is infectious. She is a welcome addition to the society and will be a force to be reckoned with on the head table at any dahlia show where she exhibits blooms in the future.