Dahlia Society of California

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2024 News and Announcements


Dahlias 101–May’s Monthly Meeting is open to the general public
Tuesday, May 14th, 2024, 7:30PM
Join us or invite a friend. FREE!
Hall of Flowers at 9th and Lincoln (Golden Gate Park), and on Zoom

Meeting Topic:
“A Year of Growing Dahlias,” by DSC president Erik Gaensler. Learn what to do (and not do) with a step-by-step overview. May’s meeting is great for dahlia gardeners of all levels.

Judging School:
Saturday, July 27, 2024

Check back for more details. This is a day-long event.

Annual Dahlia Show:
Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, 2024

County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park

Each summer, on the third weekend in August, the Dahlia Society of California draws thousands of visitors to its annual show in the enormous Hall of Flowers. Growers from all over the state bring their best blooms. Blooms in all categories are judged and awarded ribbons, including the elusive “Best in Show.” Other categories: Best Photo; People’s Choice Award; Best Arrangement; Best Junior Bloom; and “Nature’s Oddities.” You must be a member to compete, but the public is welcome to see this eye-popping event.



We are always looking for volunteers to help us maintain the Dahlias located at the Dell in Golden Gate Park. You must be a member to volunteer.

Learn more about the Dell here


Learn from some of the most knowledgeable Dahlia growers and hybridizers in the world, get tips for growing in our unique Bay Area climate, plus tons of other insider perks. All levels are welcome! It’s a great opportunity to learn before you grow, and get the best out of these amazing plants.

Dahlia Society of California
Individual membership: $10 per year
Family membership: $15 per year

American Society of California
(includes membership to DSC)
Individual membership: $40 per year
Family membership: $50 per year

Join or Renew, here!


Existing members:
The American Dahlia Society has changed its Membership Year from January through December to May 1st through April 30th of the next year. They have also slightly increased membership prices. If you are a current DSC or ADS/DSC member, don’t worry. Your memberships will be carried from January through the end of April. Please renew in April.

Monthly Meetings

Every Second Tuesday, 7:30pm
Join us in person and on Zoom.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – This month is open to the public!
This month’s program, here

At our meetings, we learn what to do (and not to do) with our tubers and dahlias from the experts in our society. Lecturers include prominent dahlia growers and hybridizers in the Bay Area and other knowledgeable individuals.

County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park

(Lincoln Way & MLK Drive)

Zoom link is emailed to DSC members on the day of the meeting. Not a member? Join now.


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