Annual Calendar 2020

MDS Calendar of Events for 2020

October, December, February, March, and May we meet on the Second Monday of the month.

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.

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. at Oak Grove Lutheran Church; Education: Soil, Fertilizer. Low Growing Dahlias (For Border planting and Container Growing)

Wednesday, March 4th- 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.  at Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education Topic:  Planting Dahlias with a Slide and Video Presentation followed by input from members followed by a Q & A Period.

Saturday, April 4th Tuber Bagging, at 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. Followed by a Judges Meeting from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 11th: 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).
Clean up 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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

Monday, May 11th: General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education: Planting
Soil Testing: For those of you that want your soil tested please go to, http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/sites/g/files/pua891/f/media/lawn_and_garden_2018_3.pdf                                 Print this form and fill it out. 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 have an Arboretum membership card.

Saturday, June 10th – Board Meeting 9:45 a.m.
Location: Richfield Houlihan’s, 6601 Lyndale Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

Saturday, June 13th – General Meeting and Picnic 11:00 a.m.
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Margot Shelter B
Education: Topping

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

July – No General Meeting

Wednesday, August  5th – 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
St. Louis Park

   How to set up Oasis for Display, How to fill out Show Tags and information on Clerking to help the Judges presented by Cindy and Kathy. How to stage blooms presented by Carolyn and Eric.

Sunday and Labor Day Monday, September 6 – 7th  Minnesota State Fair Dahlia Show
Location: Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Horticulture Building
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 on Friday, Staging times: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Judging at 9:00 a.m.
Open to the public Saturday 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
and Sunday 10:00 – 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