The National Dahlia Society Of New Zealand was founded in 1938 and is an organization set up to promote our favourite flower the dahlia, and to offer guidance and advice on the cultivation and showing of dahlias in New Zealand. The National Dahlia Society produces two publications a year of our magazine "Dahlia" . This is an excellent magazine with plenty of information, show dates, photos and results.
The National Dahlia Society holds National Shows in both the North and South Islands each year. Dahlias do not travel well which is why we have separate shows for each Island. In 2013 the National Shows will be held in Levin, which will be a 75th Anniversary Show ( North Island) and Tinwald ( South Island). . Every 10 years there is a combined show for both Islands.
Shows are a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and information and make new friends.
Check out the club information to see if there is a club in your area. If you join a local Dahlia Society you will find plenty of friendly advice. Members are only too willing to support each other with friendship, advice and even the odd tuber!
Most clubs hold tuber sales in September or October and you can obtain good reliable stock of the most popular and successful dahlias in your area for a very reasonable price. Dahlia shows are held in late January through to March and these shows provide an ideal opportunity to take note of the varieties that appeal to you. Some clubs take orders at the shows or you can get in touch with growers through our links.