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2017 Calendar

Join us at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck meal (bring a dish to share and your tableware), followed by a brief business meeting and an informational presentation. Oak Grove Lutheran Church on 7045 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55423. Enter at the east entrance on Augsburg Ave. Non-members are welcome to join us.

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2017 Annual Awards Dinner

2017 Annual Awards Dinner – Save The Date: Sunday November 12 at Joseph’s Grill in St. Paul.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join fellow members in reviewing and sharing the growing and show season.

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October General Meeting

Program: How to Store Tubers: Techniques and Tips for Overwintering Dahlia Tubers. Please plan on joining fellow members and guests for an autumn pot luck dinner and our monthly educational program.

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Bachman’s Room Setup and Staging Times

Room Setup is Friday, 10:00 AM September 16
Staging time is:
Friday , Sept 15th 9:00am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 16th 7:00am – 8:30 am

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2017 Bachman’s Fall Show

Fall Dahlia Show at Bachman’s Garden Center
6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Saturday is open to the public from 12:00 noon – 4:00 PM

Sunday is open to the public from 12:00 noon – 4:00 PM

Stage your blooms on Friday (or Saturday morning)

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2017 State Fair Results

State Fair dahlia show had over 1,600 blooms entered. Thanks to all that participated.

Here are the results from the court of honor

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Dahlia Forms Revealed

To learn about classifying dahlias download this document from the ADS. Or...

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Frequently asked questions about Japanese beetles

Pyola and Neem oil can help protect plants from Japanese Beetles, especially if only small numbers are present. However, insecticidal soap, extracts of garlic, hot pepper, or orange peels are not effective. You can also cover some plants with a light weight fabric, like cheesecloth.

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Timing Blooms for The Shows

This subject is probably one of the hardest to explain and to write about, but I will attempt to do so anyway. One of the reasons why the dahlia is one of my favorite flowers is because, to a certain extent, I can control when they come into bloom.

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Topping and Pinching Guide

To grow show worthy Dahlias, you need to pinch unwanted growth strategically. We discussed this at the last general meeting and are putting it into action in the trial garden. Here are some notes and visual aids for your reference.

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2017 Trial Garden Judging

2017 Trial Garden Judging teams and assignments have been organized and are provided below along with current ADS Score Sheets. Karen Zierdt has scheduled a brief Judges Meeting

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Judges Meeting after Tuber Bagging

Judges’ meeting will be held following our tuber bagging party at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) bldg.

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Judges’ Workshop Summer 16

our next judges’ meeting to be held in the Trial Garden at the Arboretum August 13 at 9:30 AM. Consider coming earlier to help with garden maintenance. If you are deficient in training hours please try to attend

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2015 ADS Trial Garden Medal Winners

2015 North Central Trial Garden Scoring Entries

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2016 Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony, Sunday, November 13th, 4:00 p.m. in the banquet room at Joseph’s Grill in St.Paul

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2015 Awards Dinner

Sunday, November 8th, 4:30 p.m. Banquette and Awards
Banquette room in the Hampton Inn bldg. on the NE corner of 694 and Lexington Ave.

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Show Results

Below are the Show results from the Minnesota State Fair and...

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2015 Bachman’s Court

These are the Court of Honor winners from the 2015 fall show at...

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Order Your MDS Logo Wear – Deadline Extended to July 20th!

Logo Wear Order Deadline has been Extended to July 20, 2017!

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Dahlia Tubers on Sale at Arb

Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Nine miles west of I-494 on State Hwy. 5

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Tuber Sale Sign Up

You are invited to sign up for a time and role at our annual MDS Tuber Sale. This is a great opportunity to participate and help the club and it is just for a couple hours on this one day. We really value you and want to include you.

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2017 Spring Tuber Sale

Spring Tuber Sale 2017
Will be on a Saturday in April 15th, at Bachman’s Garden Center, 6010 Lyndale Ave, South.

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State Fair Show Volunteer Sign-Up

State Fair Show Signup.  We need everyone’s help for the MDS State Fair Show. We are once again using the electronic signup through SignUpGenius (instructions).

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Judges

MDS Judges’ Information The MDS Judges’ Calendar of Events for...

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Bachman’s Room Setup and Staging Times

Room Setup is Friday, 10:00 AM September 16
Staging time is:
Friday , Sept 15th 9:00am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 16th 7:00am – 8:30 am

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2017 Bachman’s Fall Show

Fall Dahlia Show at Bachman’s Garden Center
6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Saturday is open to the public from 12:00 noon – 4:00 PM

Sunday is open to the public from 12:00 noon – 4:00 PM

Stage your blooms on Friday (or Saturday morning)

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The Peoples Choice

Gary Minor received the most votes (460) for his Harts Bonnie variety oif Dahlia, winning the Peoples Choice award.

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2017 State Fair Show Books

The State Fair Show Books are done and will be handed out at the Garden Tour and Picnic. To ensure that everyone has timely access, here is a pdf version that you can view on your computer. This version is not formatted to print as a booklet.

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The Peoples Choice

Gary Minor received the most votes (460) for his Harts Bonnie variety oif Dahlia, winning the Peoples Choice award.

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2017 State Fair Show Books

The State Fair Show Books are done and will be handed out at the Garden Tour and Picnic. To ensure that everyone has timely access, here is a pdf version that you can view on your computer. This version is not formatted to print as a booklet.

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State Fair Show Volunteer Sign-Up

State Fair Show Signup.  We need everyone’s help for the MDS State Fair Show. We are once again using the electronic signup through SignUpGenius (instructions).

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Winners with Blooms State Fair 2016

I didn’t get to take everyone’s picture holding their bloom but here are a few that I did capture. Unfortunately a few did not come out.

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Bachman’s Room Setup and Staging Times

Room Setup is Friday, 10:00 AM September 16
Staging time is:
Friday , Sept 15th 9:00am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 16th 7:00am – 8:30 am

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State Fair Show Volunteer Sign-Up

State Fair Show Signup.  We need everyone’s help for the MDS State Fair Show. We are once again using the electronic signup through SignUpGenius (instructions).

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Trial Garden Work Team Sign Up

Trial Garden Work Team Sign Up

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Trial Garden Planting

Trial Garden Planting Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

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Recent Posts From Trial Garden

2017 Trial Garden Judging

2017 Trial Garden Judging teams and assignments have been organized and are provided below along with current ADS Score Sheets. Karen Zierdt has scheduled a brief Judges Meeting

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Planting Dahlias

What is the best way to plant show worthy dahlias? We discussed different approaches and practices at our last general meeting, and will now share what we actually did at the Trial Garden this year.

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Trial Garden Work Team Sign Up

Trial Garden Work Team Sign Up

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Annual Spring Picnic

The MDS annual spring picnic is set for Saturday, June 10,2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The picnic will be held at the Ordway Picnic Shelter located across from the Sensory Garden.

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Trial Garden Planting

Trial Garden Planting Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

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2016 North Central Trial Garden

Revised count of entries in the N.C.T.G. reveal the possible end of a steady decline.

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2016 TG Entries Fall

These photos here were taken, on the last day that judges were able to judge them, on September 18th. It was a beautiful sunny day

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2016 TG Entries

Photos of the trial entries as of August 20th, 2016. Photos were taken before the plants were cleaned up because I knew we would need to leave as soon as the work was done.

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2015 ADS Trial Garden Medal Winners

2015 North Central Trial Garden Scoring Entries

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