Nanaimo Gladiolus and Dahlia Society

Come Grow With Us!

Welcome Growers and Admirers!

The Nanaimo Gladious and Dahlia Society is a small dedicated group which was founded in 1964 and joined the Pacific Northwest Dahlia Conference shortly after.

Members meet monthly to educate and encourage all who are interested in growing gladiolus and dahlias.

Whether it be for a lovely addition to a flower garden or for growing show quality flowers for competition at local shows and fairs.

The Nanaimo Gladioli and Dahlia Society is affiliated with the American Dahlia Society Inc. and provides its members with the option of joining this national organization where official classification information is available along with flower show protocol. There are thousands of cultivators of the dahlia in a wide range of form, colour and size.

The Nanaimo Gladious and Dahlia Society plants a display garden at the VIU, G.R. Paine Horticultural Center.  

The Society provides an opportunity to learn horticultural requirements of two of the world's most gorgeous flowers!

Contact Us!

Anne Kenny:  [email protected]

2018 Tuber Sale:  April 28

It is that time of year refer to your dahlia wish list and join us at our annual tuber sale...same place, same time!

Country Club Mall

8:30 am and ends around 2:00 pm

Come early for your best selection.  Fill your garden with the many colours and varieties.  Try your hand at growing one or both of our 2018 flowers of the year and putting them in the August annual show. 

See you at the tuber sale...

*if you are new to growing and caring for dahlias check out our information page.


2018 Annual Gladiola and Dahlia Show

Come out to Country Club Mall this summer to see the prize winning Gladiola and Dahlia entries by our Dahlia Club growers.  The show opens at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 25 and ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 26

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, from February to October at the G. R. Paine Horticultural Centre starting at 7:00 pm.

Our Next Meeting will be on

Tuesday March 6,2018



2018 Flowers of the Year

SingleParkland Rave (BB IC Lav)

Triple: "Pooh" ( Collarette form, Bi-Colour)

More information on dahlias...

Article on dahlia grower Gordon Stach who passed away December 2016.  Gordon travelled to Nanaimo to sell his prize winning tubers at our annual tuber sale for Island growers to enjoy.

Recent Photos

One of the many tubers eyed up for our tuber sale...

2017 Flowers of the Year

Single - Megan Willow (B ID W:  Medium, Informal Decorative, White)

Triple - Lyn's Louise (M FD LB W/L) Miniature, Formal Decorative, Light Blend:White/Lavender

The "Single" and "Triple" categories for these two dahlias are located in "Special Classes, Section 50 and Section 51" of our 2018 Annual Galioli and Dahlia Show, August 25 and 26, 2018