Carolinas Dahlia Society

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Brian Killingsworth

Brian Killingsworth


With a heavy heart, I post that long-time Dahlia Society member Brian Killingsworth has passed away. He was a grower and hybridizer that created Creekside Doc and others. For several years he has been in charge of the dahlia garden at the Bullington Center in Hendersonville NC. Please keep Linda and the family in your prayers. Link to Obituary

The bloom in the page header above is a first-year seedling grown by him.


Hope everyone has survived the winter and like me, you are ready for spring and to start growing dahlias. After the past two years of doing very little due to the pandemic, we are going to try to get back on track. The following dates are what we have planned for meetings and events. More will be posted about the meetings closer to the date

Hover over Events 2022 tab to see drop-down list of  Tips and Helpful Advice.

cutting tubers

April 23,  2022

Dahlia Club Meeting

WhereBalsam Baptist Church youth building, 105 Heavenly Rd., Sylva NC 28707.

Our first meeting of the year. This will be the bagging/prep meeting for the public tuber sale and the members-only sale at a reduced price and of course first choice. Also, if you bring three good tubers of a named variety you can trade those for three of your choice.

We plan to start at about 9 am. If you have questions you can call 828-507-5799. Hope to see you there!

harvest blooms

May 14, 2022

Annual Tuber Sale

Where: Haywood County Extension Office building, 589 Raccoon Rd, Waynesville NC 28786

When: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This is the public tuber sale. If you buy tubers at the sale (5/14), you could harvest blooms like this young man. We have a good inventory of all sizes, forms and colors and all tubers are still just
$ 5.00. Spread the word and hope to see you there!

Greendor variegated ball

RSVP: Please bring a side of your choice and join us. Also please let us know if you are coming so we’ll know how much to buy.

Hope to see you there!
PS: Same location as the tuber prep but the dahlias are on the opposite side of the church.

July 9,  2022

Dahlia Club Meeting

First: Johnny Trantham’s garden

91 Virginia Ave. Canton NC 28716

Second: Balsam Baptist Church youth building, 105 Heavenly Rd., Sylva NC 28707.

When: 10:30 am

The CDS July meeting will be on the ninth beginning at about 10:30 at Johnny Trantham’s garden. Johnny has a great assortment of forms and sizes and most should be in bloom by meeting time.

We will leave there and go to Balsam Baptist Church. This will be a small garden of balls and seedlings. We will then have lunch with chicken and coleslaw provided.


Tuber Prep

August 13, 2022

Judges Training

Per Buddy Dean: the August meeting will be on the 13th at Johnny Trantham’s residence at 91 Virginia Ave… Canton 28716. This is the judges training meeting and will begin at 10 AM. Please note that you do not have to be a judge to attend and everyone is welcome. Lunch will be on your own or bring a bag lunch. Hope to see you there!


September  9-11  2022

The show

Buddy would like to do the show set up on Friday morning and then you can stage as soon as it is ready. We plan to move everything needed from the storage building on Thursday and start about 9 so if you can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Open to the Public: Saturday from 12 to 5 and Sunday from 11 till 2.

Location: Haywood County Extension Office 589 Raccoon Rd., Waynesville NC 28786

October 22, 2022

End of  Year Meeting

Awards and end of year meeting.