We have all lost a Great Man 'the Dahila Guru'

AbsMyGirl(W PA Zone 5/6)November 20, 2006

Dear Friends & Lovers of Dahilas;

We have all lost a Great Man "the Dahila Guru", I called him.

On November 12, 2006 Bernie Mandella (Bernie_pa)passed away.

A few years ago, I had the fantastic pleasure of meeting him and his lovely wife Midge. They invited me to my first garden party. I met so many new people, they all were so welcoming.The food was fabulous and the garden displays left me all but speechless.

A year or so later, I traveled back their place with my friend since she had been bitten by the dahila bug. Again they were both so welcoming. Bernie showed us his phot collection with the President, his duties as staff director and so much more.

Everything I know about growing Dahilas succesfully, I learned from Bernie and Midge Mandella.

What I learned;

* Sharing is knowledge, no matter which way it goes.

* Mushroom Compost, will allow you to grow almost anything HUGE. whether you mix it in the soil and/or top dress as mulch.

** Lovers of plants, flowers and furry things, are the best people I have met.

** Some of the greatest people are just an email away. Were not for me asking him a question years ago, I would never of had the pleasure of knowing him.

Bernie, thank you, thank you, thank you, for serving the president, serving our country, and sharing your love of living things. God Bless you, peace be with you.

I am so happy to say I had the chance to know you and Midge.

You will be missed, I'm sure that's an understatement for Midge.

Love and Hugs,

Diane Kunkle

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Poochella(7 WA)

Thanks for posting this Diane. I've been sad about this loss since I heard the news last week. I had great respect for Bernie who so freely shared his knowledge of dahlia care. He was working on an updated photo/article for the ADS, I think, and I wish they'd publish it in his honor.

For any of you using the plastic wrap tuber storage method, the Mandella Method, you have Bernie and Midge Mandella along with Dr. Richard Peters to thank for your success. We have lost a real innovator and generous man.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2006 at 10:31AM
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Would anyone who has access to info about plastic wrap storage for dahlias please share it with me? Also, if photos or the article that Bernie wrote are available, how might I access it?

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 1:28PM
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Its really simple, seperate the tubers, I put them in a 1 part bleach water for a couple min., dry them really good, then take one tuber and wrap it twice untill you have wraped about ten. Store them in a cool place. I only lose about 5% with this storage :)

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 8:34AM
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zinniachick(southwest Ohio)

Beautiful eulogy, Diane.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 8:51PM
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