Annual Calendar 2020

MDS Calendar of Events for 2020

General Meetings are the Second Monday of the Month in February, March, May, October, December

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. These General Meetings are held at the 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. You will have an opportunity to ask gardening questions and seek advice from members who are experts at growing beautiful and award-winning dahlias.

Monthly Board Meetings are on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise scheduled. Consult the below schedule for specific dates and locations.

Other activities, scheduled throughout the year, include our Spring Tuber Sale in April, Family Picnic in June, August Garden Tour and Picnic, ADS Trial Garden Participation, State Fair and Fall Dahlia Shows in September, and our Awards Banquet in November.

January – No Board Meeting; No General Meeting

Wednesday, February 5 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Monday, February 10 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Location: Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education: Soil and Fertilizer to prepare and maintain the garden. Speaker is our own Dahlia Del.

Wednesday, March 4 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Monday, March 9 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Location: Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education: Planting Dahlias with a Slide and Video Presentation, followed by input from members, followed by a Q & A Period.

Saturday, April 4 – Tuber Bagging 9:30 a.m.
Location: The National Association of Letter Carriers Bldg, 1715 Van Dyke St, Maplewood, MN 55109. Near the intersection of White Bear Lake Ave and Larpenteur Ave.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bagging
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Judges Meeting

Saturday, April 11 – MDS Tuber Sale
Location: Bachman’s Garden Center, Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Very competitive prices with no postage expense
7:00 a.m. Setup (Pre-sale for MDS Members when setup is done)
Open to the Public 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or until sold out).
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Clean up

Wednesday, May 6 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Monday, May 11 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Location: Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education: TBD
Soil Testing: For those of you that want your soil tested please go to this link
http://soiltest.dl.umn.edu/sites/soiltest.dl.umn.edu/files/media/lawn_and_garden_2018_7.pdf
Print and fill out the form. Bring the form, your soil sample, and a check made out to University of Minnesota for the amount noted for the test you would like. Rick Snyder will then drop them off at the U of M soil testing site.

Saturdays in June, July, August
Hands-on at the North Central Trial Garden
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318.
Must be an Arboretum member and volunteer.

Saturday, June 13 – Board Meeting 9:45 a.m.
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Margot Shelter B

Saturday, June 13 – General Meeting and Picnic 11:00 a.m.
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Margot Shelter B
Education: Topping
MDS Members and their guests have free admission to the Arboretum. Tell the gate attendant you are here for the MDS Picnic.

Wednesday, July 8 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Perkins, 12545 Ulysses St NE, Blaine MN

July – No General Meeting

Wednesday, August  5 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Sunday, August 9th – Garden Tour and Picnic 
Pick-up/Drop Locations: TBD
This year 3 member gardens are featured in Ham Lake, Marine on St. Croix, and Osceola, WI.
Education: How to Stage Blooms for Shows

Sunday and Labor Day Monday, September 6 – 7  Minnesota State Fair Dahlia Show
Location: Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Horticulture Building
Setup: Saturday, September 5; 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 6; 8:00 a.m.
Judging: Sunday 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Arrangements Judging: Sunday 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Saturday and Sunday, September 19 – 20 Fall Dahlia Show  
Location: Bachman’s Garden Center, Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Setup: Friday, September 18; 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19; 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Judging: Saturday, September 19 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Open to the Public Saturday Noon to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Clean up 3:00 signs and ribbons and arrangements
Clean up 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 7 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Perkins, 12545 Ulysses St NE, Blaine MN

Monday, October 12 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Presentation: How to Store Tubers

Wednesday, November 4 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Sunday, November 8 – Awards Banquet 5:00 p.m.
Location: x
4:00 -5:00 p.m. Social Hour
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Awards Presentation

Wednesday, December 9 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Monday, December 14 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Presentation: Trial Garden results followed by “The Game”.
Location: Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 7045 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55423