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Dazzling Dahlias Photo Contest

2020 Dazzling Dahlias Show

Online Photo Contest

September 18 - September 30, 2020


The Greenwich Dahlia Society* and the Greenwich Botanical Center announce the 2020 Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show, which will be held online September 18 - September 30 as a photo contest for all to enter. The Dazzling Dahlias photo contest is open to the public and simple to enter: 1) Snap an original photo of  a Dahlia/s (from your own garden, a friend’s garden or a local public garden), 2) Upload the photo onto the contest page (link here)  and fill out the form and 3) share on your Facebook timeline and ask family and friends to vote.  Prizes will be awarded based on number of votes as well as The Court of Honor categories such as Queen, King, Princess, Prince, Largest and Best.


Initiated in 2007, the Annual Dazzling Dahlias show is a spectacular event held at GBC, with more than 700 visitors and 800 blooms entered.  In 2018, Jesse Peterson’s magnificent blooms won King of the Show, Queen of the Show, Prince of the Show, Princess of the Show, Largest in Show (“OMG”), and Best in Show. Stephen Ruttkamp stole the show with his divine baskets, winning Best Grand Slam Basket and Best Basket.


Left to right, Dazzling Dahlias 2019 Show co-chairs: Lisa Moser, Barbara Collier and Bharti Chojar


In 2019, Greenwich Dahlia Society introduced a Court of Honor award for the novice with the most blue ribbons.  The Blue-Ribbon Trophy was awarded to Lois Baylis from the Garden Club of Darien.  To view the full 2019 Court of Honor, click here.


For more information on growing Dahlias…


How to Grow Tips: When to plant, soil preparation, staking and watering are covered in this article.


How to Choose: This article on best dahlia varieties for your specific garden type is very informative.


How to Divide: Summer Dreams Farm offers great advice on this topic. Click here.


Best Time to Buy: If you know which dahlias you would like for the coming year, try to find online and order by January - February. They will be shipped to you in late spring, in time for planting!



*Founded in 2007, the Greenwich Dahlia Society (GDS) is accredited by the American Dahlia Society and Greenwich Botanical Center (GBC) is the parent organization.

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