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Day of the Dead? No! Day of the Dahlia!

For this year’s Central States Dahlia Society’s show the society sponsored  a poster competition to complement their artistic design theme.  Over 200 hundred votes were cast to choose among 16 entries.  The winning poster by Larry Cole did a fun take on the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead.
In addition to the play on the name “Day of
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E. H. “Ted” Collins, MBE passes away

The ADS is sad to report the passing E.H. “Ted” Collins,  MBE.  Ted was a giant in the dahlia world not only in the United Kingdom, but worldwide.  He is the author of several books about dahlias.


In the summer of 2017, the ADS  awarded the ADS Silver Medal to Ted Collins of the United Kingdom.  Here are the … See entire post.

World’s Largest Dahlia Contest

Deborah Dietz, manager of the World’s Largest Dahlia Contest, invites you to include this fun category in your local and regional shows.  The rules are simple:

  1. Bloom must be a named cultivar.
  2. Dahlia does NOT need leaves but must have stem and stand free in a show container.
  3. Dahlia can have blown center but not necessarily.
  4. Dahlia
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Schedule of local shows 2019 is posted

Many societies have submitted the details about their local shows for the 2019 growing season.  These shows are open to the public and are a wonderful place to see various cultivars (grown in your area) and to talk dahlias with local growers.

Visit Local Shows 2019 to see the schedule.  Hope you can get to a show.… See entire post.

New Judging Pins Available

The Board of Directors of the American Dahlia Society has authorized the issuing of a pin for those who have entered the judging program as candidate judges.  To be eligible for the pin the individual must have been reported as a candidate after July 14, 2019.  The pin will not be issued to those who were reported prior to that … See entire post.

Support ADS with Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon?  If yes, you can shop at in exactly the same way (same products, same prices, same service) and if you specify ADS as your charity, we will get a small percentage of each eligible sale.  This will not affect your order in any way.  Use the  “Go to” button in the banner below … See entire post.

Photo Galleries

We are trying out a new feature for the website.  If you just want to relax and look at beautiful pictures of dahlias in the photo galleries of some of our members, visit our Photo Links page.  There you will find links to Instagram, flickr, etc. galleries provided by our members.


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