2015 NORTH CENTRAL TRIAL GARDEN

 Our May 30 planting was cancelled due to excessive rain, but the fence was re-installed and the gates repaired to keep the grazing deer, rabbits, woodchuck and wild turkey herds away from the delectable young sprouts soon to come.  The garden was tilled June 1, and two days later a planting team of five club members planted 21 entries and numerous buffers returning the NCTG to near capacity.  Weed mats and planks were placed; our...

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Trial Garden Results

Below are the Trial Garden results. To view the results, please click on a link below. The results can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader you may download this free software by clicking on the “Acrobat Reader” icon.   2015 Results, With Photographs (Large File) 2014 Results, With Photographs (Large File) 2013 Results, With Photographs (Large File) 2012 Results, With...

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Trial Garden 2015

The 2015 North Central Trial Garden is now open for business at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. We received more test varieties of dahlias then in recent years. This summer, volunteers from MDS will spend a few hours on Saturdays working in the garden. New MDS members are encouraged to join a work team. It’s a great way to learn about dahlia growing. Check the Work Team Schedules for the...

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2015 Trial Garden Work Teams

TEAM 1     JJune 6, July 4, August 1, Aug 29 (For July 4 would team like to combine with Team 2 on July 11?) John Kooiman Chuck Spragg Scott Hegstrand Pixie Pixler TEAM 2     June 13, July 11, August 8, Sept 5 Larry Bagge Don Vertein Joe & Karen Hauwiller Chuck Spragg Kathy & Eric Thomson Pixie Pixler TEAM 3     June 20, July 18, August 15, Sept 12 Karen Zierdt Heidi Zierdt Terri Lambert Peggy Betsch Amy Simonson Mary Walter...

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Trial Garden Volunteers

Looking for volunteers to help maintain the dahlia trial garden

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2014 NORTH CENTRAL TRIAL GARDEN

“Where have all the flowers gone?”  Gone to seedling bench, everyone!?  With only 12 entries this year they certainly were not in the North Central Trial Garden! It is concerning that every year brings fewer submissions for evaluation and classification through the trial garden.  It may be drought conditions, harsh climatic swings, poor keeping quality of new seedlings or maybe even high postage rates that have impacted the number of...

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