Calendar of Events

28 January 2017

No meeting

28 February 2017

Meet at Frederik Meijer Gardens, lower level

6pm: Dahlia 101:  Tuber prep, starting tubers from cuttings, when to plant

7pm: General meeting. Topic: DVD’s on new introductions and dahlia forms

28  March 2017

Meet at Frederik Meijer Gardens, lower level

6pm: Dahlia 101. Topic: Doing dahlia cuttings

7pm:  General meeting. Topic: The process of introducing an ADS dahlia/seedling  

25 April 2017

Meet at Frederik Meijer Gardens, lower level


6 pm:– Prearranged trades, set up

7pm: Bag and tag meeting


At this meeting we will have an opportunity to trade and buy tubers within our club.  We are asking that this be a members only meeting.  This is an important meeting for the Society.  We are encouraged to bring our extra tubers for the upcoming Tuber Sale.  The tubers need to be properly named. The tubers need to have a visible eye and be free from rot.  Place the individual tubers in a snack or quart Zip Lock bag, and write the name on the bag.  Plenty of bags will be available at the meeting.  We especially need A and AA tubers, as they are always in demand!

Rick Peters is our tuber sale chair.  


          In order to expedite labeling at the meeting, we strongly recommend that you call Tim Camling at

           616-647-3482 or better yet, email him at  Give him the name and the number of tubers of all the varieties that you are bringing.  This will allow Tim to print up all of the labels for your dahlias. He can have them ready for you to label when you arrive.  He creates all the labels and needs several days to get all these done. Try to contact him a week beforehand.

6 & 13 May 2017 (Saturdays)

Click here to see a little footage of the annual Tuber Sale!
8 to noon: These are the dates for our annual Tuber Sale.  This event will take place at Fulton Street Market in Grand Rapids For those of you who signed up to work for the 8:00 shift please be there a few minutes early to help with set up.  Those scheduled to work the second shift should arrive by 10am.  Please wear warm clothing, as Spring weather can be cold (snowing, even!), and there is little cover. You are welcome to bring coffee and perhaps some breakfast munchies if you like.

23 May 2017

Meet at Frederik Meijer Gardens, lower level

7:00:  General meeting: Kay will discuss companion plantings for dahlias and their use in dahlia arrangements

3 June 2017

Midwest Dahlia Conference’s Annual Spring Meeting and Plant Auction.  We will meet at the Highdive Pavilion in Elkhart, Indiana.  This is a wonderful meeting, featuring a speaker on one of many topics associated with the dahlia. In the past we have learned about dahlia pests and how to deal with them, how and when to test soil ph, and organic gardening. A fine lunch, a short meeting, and a comprehensive auction of wonderful dahlia plants.  Contact Rick Peters if you are interested in car pooling.

27 June 2017

6:00: Garden meeting, pot luck at Lackeys

            Topic: Beekeeping and how pesticides affect our gardens

25 July 2017


6:00:  Garden meeting at Housemans in Kalamazoo.  Watch for details in the newsletter.

12 August 2017

Midwest Dahlia Conference’s Judging Seminar

Pot Luck.


9am: Meet at the Bonneville Trial Garden in Bristol, Indiana.  This is a wonderful chance for everyone to study the various desirable characteristics in a dahlia bloom, stem and leaves. We will spend some time in the Trial Garden judging the blooms with experienced senior judges.  We will then have a pot luck luncheon.  For those of us who are out of town, a dessert or salad would be suggested. The Elkhart people will be furnishing the entrée items. Following lunch, there are short presentations on judging dahlias. This is always a very nice luncheon.  Bring your place settings, drinks and dish.  It usually is over about 1pm.  Contact Rick Peters for car pooling.  We often leave Grand Rapids around 7am. 

19 August 2017

Badger State Dahlia Society show at Olbrich Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact Monique Volden for further information.

19 August 2017

Saturday meeting

Time TBD: Garden potluck.  We will enjoy the gardens  in the Hesperia area.   Please bring a generous dish to pass, your own table service and a chair. Time, date, and number of gardens to visit to be determined. 

25-27 August 2017

West Michigan Dahlia Society show at Frederik Meijer Gardens.  Mark your calendars! Plan on volunteering for a committee during the weekend to share your talents. Contact Rick Peters or Jo Jepsen for more information.
Click here for information about our 2013 National Show that the West Michigan Dahlia Society hosted!  Includes show results and photos. 

2-4 September 2017

Southtown Dahlia Club show at the Crestwood Community Center.  Contact Corney Morgan for further information.

2-4 September 2106

Michigan Dahlia Association  show.  Mall of Monroe, Monroe, MI.  Contact Don Warden for more information

7-10 September 2017

ADS National Show at Chicago Botanic Gardens sponsored by Central States Dahlia Society

Watch the newsletter for details!  Possible bus trip! It is an opportunity to see a

National Show close to home before we host another National Show.

*Our regular September meeting may not be held to encourage participation


16-17 September 2017

Elkhart Dahlia Society show at Concord Mall in Elkhart, IN.  Contact Steve Kuiper for further information.  Please verify date due to National show being in Chicago.

23-24 September 2017

Southeastern Michigan Dahlia Society show at Orchard Mall.  Contact Keith Berven for further information.

23-24 September 2017

Dahlia Society of Wisconsin show at Brookfield City Hall.  Contact John Thiermann for further information

26 September 2017

Introduction to Dahlias.  Ray Lackey will present the “Dahlia Year – from Digging to Bloom”

24 October 2017

Meet at Frederik Meijer Gardens, lower level


6pm:  Dahlia 101: demonstration on how to dig, divide and store tubers.

7pm:  Soil testing, what dahlias need


5 November 2017


2-5pm: Annual WMDS banquet.  Place and date to be confirmed. Watch the newsletter for details on cost, and deadlines for mailing monies. 


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