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.

Covid-19 Response Update
We will not hold any shows this year but would like to do something online, like a photo showcase of your gardens and dahlia blooms. Watch for more info in September.

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.

Saturdays in June, July, August
Hands-on at the North Central Trial Garden
Location: Kyle’s place
Contact John Kooiman if you would like to help out.

Saturday, June 10 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m
Location: Virtual Board Meeting

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

Wednesday, July 8 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: via Zoom video conferencing.

July – No General Meeting

Wednesday, August  13 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Board Meeting

Sunday, August 30th – Garden Tour and Picnic
Due to Covid-19, we’ve had to make some adjustments; but I know you’ll enjoy the beautiful gardens we have arranged for your visit.
• This year’s tour will feature 3 member gardens starting at 11:00 am and finishing up around 5:00 pm.
Starting at Creekside Dahlias, Ham Lake, MN, then moving on to Kelly Thommes in Marine on St Croix, MN, then wrapping up at Karen Loney’s in Osceola, WI

• Free for members and non-members.
• It will be a self-driving tour; no bus transportation will be available.
• Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
• Sorry, no potluck this year but feel free to bring a snack of your own lunch.

There is a simple RSVP at the bottom of the email that was sent out.
Questions? Please contact Rick Snyder at

Sunday and Labor Day Monday, September 6 – 7  Minnesota State Fair Dahlia Show

Saturday and Sunday, September 19 – 20 Fall Dahlia Show  

Wednesday, September 16 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Board Meeting

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

Monday, October 12 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Board Meeting

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
We will have to wait till closer to the event to either confirm or cancell

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