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1965-66           Roy W. Barber                                    2007-08           Walter Gross


1967-68           Fred Gould                                         2009-10           Donna Lane


1969-70           Chester T. Whaley                              2011-12           William Dykstra II


1971-72           Harry L. Dixon                                    2013-14           Jacqueline LaFramboise


1973-74           William C. Dykstra                              2015 -16          Al Werling


1975-76           Ralph W. Sisson                                 2016-19           Ed Medros


1977-78           John Northup                                     2019-20           Tom DeGraide


1979-80           George M. Bettencourt                      2021 -22          William Dykstra II


1981-82           John J. Andrade                                 2022 -              Caroleen Frey


1983-84           Margaret Rickson


1985-86           Robert Wild


1987-88           Walter Taylor


1989-90           Glen Ramsay


1991-92           Lawrence Additon


1993-94           James Robinson


1995-96           Joyce Sterling


1997-98           Dorothy Taylor


1999-2000       Robert Sieczkiewicz


2001-02           Roberta Achtermeier


2003-04           Barton Buffington


2005-06           Daniel Dougherty

Established in 1964 in North Kingstown, the Rhode Island Dahlia Society (RIDS) was initially comprised of 12 members who enjoyed growing dahlias and wished to spread the word about this beautiful flower.The first RIDS dahlia show was held at the University of Rhode Island greenhouses in Kingston. Approximately 50 blooms were entered. A dahlia show has been held every year since, except in 1991 when hurricane “Bob” caused the cancellation of the show with its 105 mph winds.

By 2005 – forty years after its inception – the Rhode Island Dahlia Society had grown to over 100 members. Over 500 blooms were entered at the 55th annual show, held in the North Kingstown Community center.

In 2006, RIDS members began working with the Preservation Society of Newport County’s Green Animals Topiary Garden, donating and planting tubers for a dahlia garden on their site.

A Participating Member of the American Dahlia Society (ADS) and the North Atlantic Dahlia Conference (NADC), the Rhode Island Dahlia Society continues to promote dahlia cultivation through public seminars and shows, informational meetings, tuber sales, and presentations by its members to garden clubs and other organizations. Members benefit from the collective experiences of the group, as well as through other educational opportunities, including workshops on such topics as tuber division, preparing tubers for winter storage, drying dahlia blooms, tips on entering and staging blooms for shows, becoming a dahlia judge, and identifying new dahlia introductions. Share the comradery of other Dahlia lovers and join with us today.

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