The National Capital Dahlia Society was established more than 75 years ago by a group of gardeners in the Washington, DC area to share their pleasure in growing and exhibiting dahlias, a flower of spectacular beauty and boundless diversity.
The NCDS holds monthly meetings to "talk dahlias," exchange plants and tubers and prepare for two annual shows that provide opportunities to engage in gentle competition and to display dahlia blooms to the public. The Midsummer Show is held in August at the Montgomery County, MD Agricultural History Park in Derwood MD. The Fall Dahlia Show, attracting blooms from throughout the Eastern States, will be hosted in 2014 at St Andrews Church in Arlington VA.
An Exhibition Garden for displaying outstanding dahlia varieties is also located at the Agricultural History Park. More than 100 dahlia plants are set out in May and bloom from August til frost.
More information about the dates, locations and times of NCDS events are located on this Website and in the Dahliagram newsletter, which is published for NCDS members 11 times a years.
All NCDS events are open to the public. Membership information is available by clicking the "membership info" tab in the left margin
2013 NCDS Dahlia Show
Grand Champion Large - Verda by Steve and Sybil Thomas
Grand Champion Small - Seedling by John Spangenberg