MDS Calendar of Events for 2018

June, July, August, and  September, we meet every Saturday at our Trial Garden at the Landscape Arboretum.

Join us about 9:00 A.M. Wear work cloths and bring a snack to share. Experts will show you how to work on plants and give you hands-on training. If not a member of the Arboretum then you will have to pay the entry fee. Go about half way around 3 mile drive , it is across the street from the new Chinese garden/pond. Please email Amy, our Trail Garden Coordinator, to  let her know you are coming.

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 Thursdays 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.


Thursday, February 8 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Eric and Kathy Thomsons’

Monday, February 12 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Lutheran Church; Education: Soil, Fertilizer, and the past year in review slideshow.

Thursday, March 8 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: Baker’s Square in Highland Park

Monday, March 12 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.  at Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education Topic: Cuttings

Saturday, April 7th 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.

Sunday, April 15: MDS Tuber Sale
Location: Bachman’s Garden Center, Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Very competitive prices with no postage expense
8:00 a.m. Setup and Presale for MDS Members
Open to the Public 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or until sold out)

Thursday, May 10 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Monday, May 14: General Meeting and Potluck Dinner; Oak Grove Lutheran Church
Education: Planting Dahlias with Larry Bagge and John Kooiman

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 9 – Board Meeting 9:45 a.m.
Location: TBD

Saturday, June 9 – General Meeting and Picnic 11:00 a.m.
Location: TBD

Education: Topping

Thursday, July 12 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

July – No General Meeting

Thursday, August 2 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Sunday, August 12 – Garden Tour and Picnic 
Time and Location: Demonstrations, staging, transporting

Sunday and Labor Day Monday, September 2 – 3 Minnesota State Fair Dahlia Show
Location: Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Horticulture Building
Judging: Sunday 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 – 16 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 and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 2017 – Board Meeting 12:00 p.m.
A Board Meeting will be held following the completion of judging at the Fall Dahlia Show
Location: Patrick’s Café at Bachman’s on Lyndale

Thursday through Sunday, September 20 – 23  American Dahlia Society’s 52nd National Dahlia Show; hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Dahlia Society
Location: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348 Longwood Gardens

Thursday, October 4 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Monday, October 8 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Presentation: How to Store Tubers

Thursday, November 8 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Sunday, November 11 – Awards Banquet 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
4:00 -5:00 p.m. Social Hour
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Awards Presentation

Thursday, December 6 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Monday, December 10 – 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