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: A Year in the Life of an Urban Dahlia Grower. Soil and Planting to prepare and maintain the garden. Speaker is our own Dahlia Del.

Thursday, March 5 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.  CHANGE OF DAY AND PLACE
Location: Richfield Bloomington Eagles Club, 9152 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425

Monday, March 9 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Location: Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education: Vincent Dam and Byron Jacobson, both long time members, will discussing their experiences growing dahlias and answering your questions

Saturday, April 4th – 10th Tuber Bagging and Online Sale
Annual Bagging party was cancelled due to Covid-19
But we will be bagging up orders as needed during the online tuber sale.
Sale opens April 4 @ 9:00 am and closes April 10th @ midnight.

Saturday, April 18: Tuber Sale Pickup
Location: Bachman’s Garden Center, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
North parking lot. Drive up on either side of the tent. Have your order Invoice with you.
If your last name starts with A – L pick-up from 10:00 am through 11:30 am
If your last name starts with M -Z pick-up from 11:30 through 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 6 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Monday, May 11 – General Meeting 6:15 p.m.
Location: Not sure if we will be able to meet at the church yet but will announce plans as soon as we know.
Education: A Year in the Life of an Urban Dahlia Grower, Part 2. Fertilize and maintenance. Speaker is our own Dahlia Del.

Discuss Garden Tour $15 ea. How many to go? How many for vineyard stop?
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, with 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, 8585 Aspen Lane North, Brooklyn Park 55445

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: Signal Hills and St. Louis Park Transit lot.
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, 8585 Aspen Lane North, Brooklyn Park 55445

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: TBD

Sunday, November 8 – Awards Banquet 5:00 p.m.
Location: Jimmy’s Food and Drink, 1132 Co Rd E East, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
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: TBD

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