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(Last updated June 1, 2017)

2017 Calendar


MEETING – April 2 at 1:30 p.m. – indoors at Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI)meeting to discuss tuber sale. All welcome.


DAHLIA TUBER and STARTED PLANT SALE –  Sunday, May 7, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. – indoor “Atrium” at Olbrich Gardens – Get tubers and already-growing dahlia plants from award-winning “parents” at very reasonable prices, as well as advice from friendly growers. We sell hundreds of tubers and plants from scores of exotic and gorgeous cultivars! Checks or cash only.

DAHLIA PLANT SALE – Saturday, May 20th, from 8:00-5:00 – 5335 Whalen Rd., Fitchburg, WI (just south of Madison; look for the stone wall around the property) Want a really fool-proof way to get great dahlias? We pot tubers in quality soil mix and give them a 1-2 month head start, so the plants are ready to put in your garden immediately. These dahlia plants are about 6-18″ in height, timed so most will start blooming in July. The blooms continue through the end of October. Large selection of sizes and colors. Cash or check only.




If you are a beginning dahlia grower and want to enter your dahlias in our Novice division, arrive Saturday between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. and a club member will help you to “stage” your blooms. Just bring one or more dahlia blooms in a bucket. Each stem should have a single bloom (remove any others) and at least the top pair of leaves; you can remove lower leaves. We have the vases and everything else you’ll need on-site at no cost. There is also no charge to enter.

If you just want to be a spectator, come during any of our opening hours to enjoy hundreds of amazing dahlias of all sizes, colors and forms. Don’t forget your camera! On Sunday, bring your own container and take home some of the hundreds of beautiful blooms we will give away at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Show participation and admission are FREE! A club meeting takes place at the end of the show on Sunday. All welcome.

PICNIC and GARDEN TOUR – August 27, 2017 – Our annual potluck picnic at the home of one of our growers. See new varieties and learn about different cultivation methods. Members only.


AWARDS BANQUET – November 2017 (Sunday TBA) – Hi-Way Harry’s  (710 Glover Lane, Johnson Creek, WI) – Our annual buffet brunch and joint awards banquet for the Badger State Dahlia Society (based in Madison) and the Wisconsin Dahlia Society (based in Milwaukee). Members only, and pre-registration is required.

2018 Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, our 2018 dates are as follows:

  • First meeting: March 18 at 1:30 p.m. – at Olbrich Gardens
  • Tuber sale – May 6 from 12-3 – at Olbrich Gardens
  • Dahlia show – August 18-19 from 11-4

See our Join/Contact Us page for information about becoming a BSDS member.