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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.
Our gardener friend is busy spraying his dahlia patch. In this moment of dedication, depicted on the front cover of the 1946 Central States Dahlia Society's publication, you wonder if he questions the futility of it all? He turns and what does he see, but a vast array of other critters just waiting to gain access to his garden.
We expect he will ultimately have a very productive garden filled with beautiful dahlias, though at this time, he is likely thinking that won't ever be possible!
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!