Joyce MacInnes, the RIDS “Sunshine Gal” has been growing dahlias since 1990. That’s also how long she’s been a member of RIDS and ADS. When asked how she started, Joyce said, “A friend gave me a few tubers to grow and I was hooked!” She is growing 250 plants of approximately 85 varieties this year. She enjoys entering her blooms in the individual category, in baskets and in the artistic arrangement section. Her favorite forms are informal decorative, waterlily, semi-cactus and laciniated, and she lists Show-n-Tell, Elsie Huston, Just Peachy, Ferncliff Illusion, Midnight Dancer and Taratahi Ruby as favorites.