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Welcome to the Rhode Island Dahlia Society (RIDS)

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An American Dahlia Society Participating Organization

Promoting the Growing, Showing, and Beauty of the Dahlia

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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.


Membership for the Rhode Island Dahlia Society is now available  online

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Schedule of Events Next Meeting

North Kingstown Community Center

30 Beach St, North Kingstown, RI 02852 · 

March 3, 2024, 1:30pm , Live at Cold Spring Community Center, Wickford, RI 

"Propagation of Dahlias" 

Experienced growers will demonstrate how to take cuttings and will discuss various seed starting methods and share seeds with members. Zoom link sent to members in newsletter.  

 2:15 PM RIDS Business meeting.

 3:00 PM Judging Class-Substance.  It includes Stem, Stalk, Foliage, Bloom Position & Uniformity. 

To see the schedule of events for 2024 click here

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Annual Spring Tuber Sales  

This year there will be two sales. The first will be held  Sunday May 5 2024 at 1:00- 3:30PM. at the North Kingstown Community Center.

There will also be a second sale on

Saturday May 11, 2024 10am-3pm, Held at  Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum

Details to follow 

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Last years tuber sale provided an incredible variety  and volume of award winning cultivars. There were also bargain grab bags for those who just want pretty blooms

 Click on the PDF button for basic instructions on how to store your tubers until it is time to plant them outdoors in late May.  Join us as a member to learn much more about these remarkable plants. 

Dahlia Shows


Show at the Washington County Fair

The 2023 Washington County Fair Dahlia Show  took place on August 19, 2023 on Saturday and Sunday August 20. The crowd at the fair was enormous on a perfect summer day.  To see the show schedule click the PDF button below. To see the show results click here


The 57th Annual RIDS  Dahlia Show including Artistic Arrangements 

took place  on Saturday 9/9/23 at 3:00 PM -7:00 PM and Sunday 9/10/23 at 10:00 AM-4:00 PM  and was free to the public as a community service. Click the PDF button  below for a show schedule including a photo contest entry form and rules 

Results of the show can be found here

For the results of the RIDS Photo Contest click on the photo below

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