Photo: Pam Howden
Midwest Dahlia Conference
Serving the Dahlia Societies of the Midwestern U.S.
The Midwest Dahlia Conference was established to promote more widespread interest in growing
dahlias in the Midwest. The desire to bring dahlia growers of this section of the nation into
closer and friendlier contact with each other is facilitated through the holding of an Annual
Midwest Dahlia Show, each year sponsored by a different member society and held in a different part
of the Midwest.
The Midwest Dahlia Conference is also striving to promote further education
and understanding of the dahlia and its culture to its member societies and to the public.
- 2019, hosted by the West Michigan Dahlia Society (also the National Show)
- 2018, hosted by the Dahlia Society of Ohio
- 2017, hosted by the Central States Dahlia Society (also the National Show)
- 2016 - none
- 2015, hosted by the Michigan Dahlia Association
- 2014, hosted by the Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society
- 2013, hosted by the West Michigan Dahlia Society (also the National Show)
- 2012, hosted by the Michigan Dahlia Association
- 2011, hosted by the Central States Dahlia Society
- 2010, hosted by the Dahlia Society of Ohio
- 2009, hosted by the Grand Valley (now West Michigan) Dahlia Society
- 2008, hosted by the Greater Cincinnati
Dahlia Society and the Greater Columbus Dahlia Society
- 2007, hosted by the Central States Dahlia
Society (also the National Show)
- 2006, hosted by the Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society
- 2005, hosted by the Elkhart Dahlia Society
- 2004, hosted by the East Liverpool Dahlia and Floral Society
2003, hosted by the Dahlia Society of Ohio
- 2002, hosted by the Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society
- 2001, hosted by the Badger State Dahlia Society
2019 Annual Midwest Dahlia Conference Spring Meeting
The 2019 Annual Midwest Dahlia Conference Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 1st
at High Dive Pavilion in Elkhart, Indiana. Click here
for more information.
2019 Midwest Dahlia Conference Dahlia Judging Seminar
The 2019 Midwest Dahlia Conference Dahlia Judging Seminar and Picnic will be held on Saturday,
August 17th at the Bonneville Trial Gardens at Bonneville Mill County Park in
Elkhart, Indiana. You won't want to miss this event. Top growers and experienced dahlia judges
will come together to take you through the Bonneville ADS Trial garden where the new varieties are grown.
You will join a team of judges and glean all the information you need to be a successful dahlia grower.
Then at lunch time a presentation on setting up blooms for a show will be given.
Click here for more information.
2019 Annual Midwest Dahlia Conference Show and ADS National Show
The Midwest Dahlia Conference and National Show will be hosted by the West Michigan Dahlia Society, and will be
held at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI over Labor Day weekend, 30 August - 1 September 2019.
Find more information on their webpage located here.
Midwest Show Items for Sale
Information on purchasing show tags and show tag rings can be found by
As of September 5, 2017, the Board members are as follows (along with the year for re-election):
Randy Foith, President
Dahlia Society of Ohio
8646 Waterloo Road
Deerfield, Ohio 44411
Richard Peters, Secretary-Treasurer
West Michigan Dahlia Society
913 W. Wellington Court
Muskegon, MI 49441
Jim Kassner, Delegate (2019)
Central States Dahlia Society
Don Warden, Delegate (2019)
Michigan Dahlia Association
Rusty Ritchie, Delegate (2020)
Elkhart Dahlia Society
Harriet Chandler, Delegate (2021)
Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society
Jim Chuey, Delegate (2021)
Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society
Eighteen Societies are
members of the Midwest Dahlia Conference:
If you would like more information on having your dahlia society join the Midwest Dahlia
Conference, or if you would like more information about society activities, please contact the
MDC Secretary, Richard Peters.
LINKS to other Dahlia websites
Photo: Seedling raised by Jerry and Ruth