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 seedling garden at the VIU G.R. Paine Horticultural Center . The purpose of the seedling is for growers to grow seeds that have been pollinated either naturally by the bees or manually by the grower in order to create new varieties of the various cultivators.

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





2017 Tuber Sale:  April 29

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 2017 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.


2017 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 26 and ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 27.


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.


Flowers of the Year


Single - Megan Willow (BB LC FL)

Triple - Lyn's Louise (M FD LB W/L)


Contact Us

For more information on the Nanaimo Glad and Dahlia Society please contact:

Judy or Vern Stephens at 250-755-1412

email:  [email protected]

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...

Last Years Flowers

Flowers of the Year 2016

Single - R Kris (B ID W:  Medium, Informal Decorative, White)

Triple - Pam Howden (WL LB  Y/DP:  Waterlily, Light Blend, Yellow/Dark Pink)

The "Single" and "Triple" categories for these two dahlias are"Special Classes, Section 50 and Section 51" in our 2016 Annual Galioli and Dahlia Show, August 27 and 28.

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