MDS Calendar of Events
General Meetings are on the Second Monday of February, March, May, October, and 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.
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 6:30 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, Family Picnic, Garden Tour, ADS Trial Garden participation, State Fair and Fall Dahlia Shows, and our Awards Banquet.
Thursday, February 9 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Location: Carolyn’s house
Monday, February 13: General Meeting and Potluck Dinner; Oak Grove Lutheran Church Education: Soil & Composting presented by Frank Dolejsi of the U of MN Extension
Thursday, March 9 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Location: Como Dockside Cafe, 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117
Monday, March 13: General Meeting and Potluck Dinner; Oak Grove Lutheran Church Education: Water Wise
Saturday, April 8: 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., Meeting from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, April 15: 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 and Presale for MDS Members 9:00 – 3:00 Open to the Public
Thursday, May 4 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Location: Perkins on Riverside, 901 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Monday, May 8: General Meeting and Potluck Dinner; Oak Grove Lutheran Church Education: Ask the Experts, How to Grow Dahlias
Saturdays in June, July, August Hands-on at the ADS Trial Garden Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318. Free admission for MDS garden helpers
Saturday, June 10 – Board Meeting 9:45 a.m. Location: Ordway Picnic Shelter at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Saturday, June 10 – General Meeting and Picnic Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 11:00 a.m. 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 Education: Topping and Laterals Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Presentation: Topping and Laterals.
Thursday, July 13 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Location: Baker’s Square in Highland Park, 2239 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55116
July – No General Meeting
Thursday, August 3 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Cancelled
Sunday, August 13 – Garden Tour and Picnic 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Time and Location: See member email
Sunday and Labor Day Monday, September 3 – 4 Minnesota State Fair Dahlia Show Location: Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Horticulture Building Judging: Sunday 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Thursday, September 7 – 11 American Dahlia Society’s 51st National Dahlia Show Hosted by the Central States Dahlia Society Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL (20 miles north of Chicago)
Saturday and Sunday, September 16 – 17 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 public Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 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, October 5 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. – No Meeting Location: TBD
Monday, October 9 – General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 6:15 p.m. Presentation: How to Store Tubers: Techniques and Tips for Overwintering Dahlia Tubers
Thursday, November 9 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Location: Perkins on Riverside, 901 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Sunday, November 12 – Awards Banquet 5:00 p.m. Location: Joseph’s Grill 140 Wabasha Street S., St. Paul, MN 55107
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Awards Presentation
Thursday, December 7 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Location: Baker’s Square Restaurant, 2239 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116
Monday, December 11 – 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