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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.

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November 15, 2019

Central States Dahlia Society's 88th Annual Show payed special tribute to our recently deceased member Frank Campise. The giant yellow dahlia 'Kelvin Floodlight' was the dahlia that inspired Frank to become the dahlia grower and eventually the mentor (par excellence) t...

November 13, 2019

Laura Matz was the 2019 recipient of the Section W (Novice Growers) Sweepstakes Award.

She was presented an engraved bowl at our Awards Banquet by member Lydia Marcelo.

Note the special presentation white gloves worn by Lydia.


Congratulations to Laura who w...

May 30, 2019

It is with deepest regret that Central States Dahlia Society and the Southtown Dahlia Club report the passing of Frank Campise. Frank was a longtime member of both Chicago-based societies as well as the American Dahlia Society. He passed at 87 years (young) after a det...

December 14, 2018

Greg Wassink was the 2018 recipient of the Section W (Novice Growers) Sweepstakes Award.

He was presented an engraved bowl at our Awards Banquet by member Theresa Rebersky (backed up by Jerry Landerholm).


Congratulations to Greg who will now move into an a...

September 8, 2017

When it comes to showstoppers, Shakespeare may have elevated the rose to star status with his line, “Of all the flowers, methinks a rose is best.” But what is it about dahlias that has attracted so many fans and admirers? In our effort to describe the joys of dahlia gard...

August 28, 2017


Many people think summer ends when school begins, but dahlia growers don’t put away their gardening shears until the first frost.

And right now, many are competitively prepping for the 2017 National Dahlia Show, which will take place September 9 and 10 at the Chicago Bo...

Planting Your Dahlia Tubers or Cuttings

You can plant your dahlias as soon as the danger of frost has past, and the soil temperature remains above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. In Chicago, this typically means about the middle of May. However, some growers wait until Memorial...

February 8, 2017


Visit the live show at the Chicago Botanic Garden, at 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022 on September 9-10, 2017.  All botanic garden guests are invited to attend the dahlia show at no additional cost.

Central States Dahlia Society will host the ADS 2017 National Dah...

December 24, 2016


Dahlia enthusiasts gather at their local societies throughout the World. The dahlia show featured in this video was held at Kenilworth, (Warwickshire, England) and is compliments of vc131a. The annual MDS show was in its 56th year in 2014 and excelled itself yet again...

December 24, 2016


Enjoy the tour! In 2017, Geoff & Heather plan on opening their garden in Stockport, UK for charity on 9 & 10 September. This is how it looked exactly 12 months before.

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