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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, early Spring and Fall  (January thru November), 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 and 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 and Competition. For 2021, we have modified our normal schedule of events. We are looking forward to a grand show event in 2021, however activities up until that time will be decided out of concern for the health of our members and visitors.


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 online Spring Plant Sale. For 2021 we are planning a repeat of the online sale. We are more experienced, so this year's sale promises to be even better. Please check this website for updated information on our 2021 sale. 


Please see the Calendar of Events page.

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



Does it look like this guy might be in trouble? We think so. The lady of the house is in the midst of doing housekeeping chores while our dahlia friend is just as busy (at least to his way of thinking) doing the "important" forward planning for next year's dahlia garden. She would, obviously, appreciate a little help!

This image is from the front cover of the 1950 Central States Dahlia Society's publication 'The Dahlia.' It depicts what avid dahlia lovers do at this time of year, which includes, making lists and checking

catalogs for the special varieties that will make next year's garden even better than the last.


We can only hope this domestic situation was peacefully resolved!

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Central States Dahlia Society's Coloring Book has Arrived!

Our new dahlia coloring book is just back from the printer and we think it looks great! Currently, it is being distributed to our members. This sixteen-page coloring book will also be available at our sales and shows with the expectation it will catch the imagination of aspiring young artists and future dahlia lovers.

This 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.
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2020 Annual Show and Competition Cancelled

Garden Walks

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