The Elkhart Dahlia Society was formed in the 1950's, by Elkhart School Superintendent, Joe Rice, and local plumber, Lee Deuel. The EDS hosted its' first annual Elkhart Dahlia Society Show in 1956. The EDS became a 501c3 tax exempt organization in 2019.
Our goals are to teach others about growing and exhibiting dahlias; to share our collective knowledge; and to continue the traditions of those dahlia growers who came before us. Initiatives include mentoring about the importance of responsible gardening, maintaining the Midwest Dahlia Trial Garden, and propagating and hybridizing new and exciting varieties of dahlias.
The Elkhart Dahlia Society is affiliated with the
American Dahlia Society
Midwest Dahlia Conference.
We have regular meetings, club luncheons, dahlia sales, & Dahlia Competitions.