About The Greater Philadelphia Dahlia Society

The Greater Philadelphia Dahlia Society was formed in 1948 and continues promoting its members’ favorite flower. Throughout its history, the GPDS has been the “home” of several extremely dedicated and knowledgeable dahlia growers. The membership size, though constant in the 25-40 range over the years, has been active and successful, both individually and as a society.

An historical highlight was the hosting of the national show during the nation's bicentennial celebration in 1976. Hopes are alive to host the national show again in the not-too-distant future.

Our society’s annual show is held each September at where we believe is the most spectacular of show venues - Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

As the GPDS enters the new century, we wish all a productive and satisfying relationship with the “flower of flowers.”

The GPDS is excited and proud to be hosting the 52nd ADS National Show in September 2018. Our welcome to you cannot be overstated.

We celebrate our 67th birthday as a Society this year. The venue for this Show is, as many of you know, a special, spectacular, and welcoming site. We are grateful to the Longwood Gardens management and staff for all their cooperation and support. Our membership and several volunteers will be actively participating in carrying out tasks to assure your presence and the Show are enjoyable. Have a safe trip to the Philadelphia area and memorable experiences while here. We'll see you then.