This year our favorite flower has been honored by the National Garden Bureau as “The Year of the Dahlia”. A favorite during the Victorian era, dahlias fell out of favor for while but are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. It’s no wonder! With the enormous variety of flowering possibilities from giant blooms over 10 inches in diameter to micro blooms under 2 inches, over 20 different forms and all colors of the rainbow other than blue, there’s something for everyone! Come and see for yourself!
Late-August and the entire month of September is show season for dahlias. For our region, the season starts with the dahlia show at the Washington County Fair in Richmond, RI. Organized by the Rhode Island Dahlia Society, the judged dahlia exhibition is August 17th and is open for public viewing at 1 pm.
Growers from CT, RI and MA have said their blooms are late this season. This is due primarily to weather issues (it was extremely hot early in the season which set them back). Dahlia growers are a hardy bunch, though, and they persevere through even the most trying times in order to bring their incredible blooms to local and regional shows to share their beauty with the general public and – truth be told – to earn bragging rights and awards for the various categories offered at the show such as King of the Show, which is usually the biggest and best-grown of those entered.
We’re excited to invite you to our 54th Annual Dahlia Show September 7th (from 3 to 7 pm) and 8th (10 am to 4 pm) at the North Kingstown Community Center (formerly known as the Cold Spring Community Center), North Kingstown, RI, as we celebrate The Year of the Dahlia.
All dahlia growers are welcome to exhibit. All exhibits must adhere to the rules for entries and judging as printed in the ADS 2019 Classification and Handbook of Dahlias.
For award categories, rules for entry, and schedule for artistic arrangements, see the