Greenwich Dahlia Society

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

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Dahlia Events & Workshops

History and In the News


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


Hartford, CT Aug 24, 2019: GDS member and Cos Cob resident, Pam Schaefer, holding 1st Place Anemone at Connecticut Dahlia Show. Totally Tangerine is the dahlia's name!

August 2019: GDS member and Cos Cobber, Pam Schaefer, won 1st Place Anemone at Connecticut Dahlia Show.  Hartford, CT Aug 24, 2019. Totally Tangerine is the dahlia's name!

New grower and Cos Cobber win GDS 2018 Queen of Show and Best in Show! G Patch 2018


Dahlia Tuber and Splitting Guide: Summer Dreams Farm offers great advice on this topic.  You can read their post here. 

How to Grow Tips:  Click Here

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

Where to Buy Online: A directory of all growers with search by dahlia name! Dahlia Addict Link -

New Grower Questions: Please reach out to Susan Hut at 203-205-7430 with any questions!



2019 Dazzling Dahlia Show Highlights 

The 12th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show was a spectacular event, with 740 visitors (the most ever), 821 blooms, and 2,019 smiles! 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. He also so generously created a b

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

eautiful basket for the door prize, won by Suzanne Stockman. 

The American Dahlia Society introduced a new form this year, “Micro”, for which another two awards were added to the Court of Honor. In addition, the Greenwich Dahlia Society introduced a Court of Honor award for the novice with the most blue ribbons, “Blue Ribbon Trophy”. It was won by Lois Baylis from the Garden Club of Darien.  

We so appreciate all exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and the public for making it such fun. A very special thank you goes out to Barbara Collier, Lisa Moser, and Bharti Chojar for their tireless contributions as co-chairs of this year’s amazing show! 

To view the 2019 Court of Honor, Click here.

To read about the Show in the Greenwich Sentinel, click here.

Click to view/enlarge 2019 Dazzling Dahlia Show Program



Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding 2020 Dahlia programming. 


ADS & GDS Annual Membership

Become a dual member for $40 and receive regular bulletins and treasure trove of information, including the Classification and Handbook of Dahlias. 


Become a Greenwich Dahlia Society Member: Only $25


ADS Classification and Handbook of Dahlias (comes with ADS membership) Otherwise known as “The Dahlia Bible”, an invaluable must have pocket guide! Click here to order

ADS Guide to Judging Dahlias ($4.00) Order Here



Membership:  Ken Pojman or

General Questions & Volunteerism: Lisa Moser:

Annual Show: Lisa Moser: or Barbara Collier