History of 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.

There are two highly significant historical events. GPDS hosted the 1976 and 2008 National Shows of the American Dahlia Society. The 2008 show was held in cooperation with Longwood Gardens which provided an exceptionally beautiful venue.

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.”

We celebrate our 64th birthday as a Society this year.