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Central States Dahlia Society (CSDS) is a group of dedicated and knowledgeable gardeners who focus on promoting the culture of dahlias.

"We are basically crazy about dahlias."


During the Winter and early Spring (November thru April), CSDS members meet regularly at the Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1 pm.

During a normal Summer growing season, CSDS fills its calendar with a multitude of activities including the CSDS Annual Dahlia Plant & Tuber Sale, garden walks, tours, excursions, an annual picnic, and annual Awards Banquet. The main event of the year, (drum roll please), is the CSDS Annual Dahlia Show & Competition. Unfortunately for 2020 we have canceled our show. This has been done out of concern for the health of our visitors and members. We are looking forward to a grand show event in 2021.


Our 2020 dahlia propagation program at Friendship Park Conservatory was a  huge success! We were able to provide a fine assortment of rooted cuttings and potted tubers for our Spring Plant Sale.


Please see the Calendar of Events page.

CSDS is a participating society member of the American Dahlia Society.


If you've been a dahlia grower for some years, this cartoon from our December, 1951 issue of "The Dahlia" probably looks all too familiar.


Yes, we often find ourselves digging tubers when we should be in the house enjoying a nice warm beverage in front of a warming fire. We figure it's worth the trouble in order to have another wonderful garden next year.


When you manage to get done digging and preparing your tubers for storage, we hope your harvest is bountiful. Good luck and especially GOOD HEALTH from everyone at Central States Dahlia Society.

Coming soon to Central States Dahlia Society!

In the very near future, Central States Dahlia Society will have its new coloring book available for aspiring artists and future dahlia lovers

This sixteen-page coloring book was developed by our in-house team and we believe it to be an original way for a dahlia society to share our favorite flower with a larger and younger audience.

The book contains colorable images of many dahlia forms along with rhyming text that hopefully will be educational, inspirational and of course, FUN! 

Special thanks to our
sponsors, contributors & volunteers
who give generously to CSDS.
More info.

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2020 Annual Show and Competition Cancelled

Garden Walks

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Central States Dahlia Society is a participating society of the American Dahlia Society (ADS). The ADS is made up of over 70 local dahlia societies within the United States and Canada. To find a dahlia society near you, or to learn about growing and showing dahlias visit the ADS website.