THE RHODE ISLAND DAHLIA SOCIETY
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.