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RIDS HISTORY

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 THE RHODE ISLAND DAHLIA SOCIETY   

 PAST PRESIDENTS

 

 

 

1965-66           Roy W. Barber                                   

1967-68           Fred Gould                                         

1969-70           Chester T. Whaley                              

1971-72           Harry L. Dixon                                  

1973-74           William C. Dykstra                              

1975-76           Ralph W. Sisson                                 

1977-78           John Northup                                     

1979-80           George M. Bettencourt                      

1981-82           John J. Andrade                             

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

2007-08           Walter Gross

2009-10           Donna Lane

2011-12           William Dykstra II

2013-14           Jacqueline LaFramboise

2015 -16          Al Werling

2016-19           Ed Medros

2019-20           Tom DeGraide

2021 -22          William Dykstra II

2022 -              Caroleen Frey

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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