Manito Park Meeting Room and Trial Garden

VA Medical Center Dahlia Garden

Photo Courtesy of Arrowhead Dahlias

      FLOWER OF THE YEAR

         HOLLYHILL MONET

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​            Officers & Trustees     

   Patrick O'Kelly, President 

   Susan Stephens, Vice President

   Sally Colwell, Treasurer

   Heidi Byrum, Secretary


   Trustees:

   Carol Konitzer, 1 Year

   Kathlee Queen,  2 Year

   Pat Bentley,  3 Year 


​INLAND EMPIRE DAHLIA SOCIETY

        THE YEAR OF THE DAHLIAS

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Spokane Veterans Medical Center Dahlia Garden


In the year 2000, two of our members, Dennis   and Claudia Biggs, with the help of the Inland Empire Dahlia Society, founded the Spokane Veterans Medical Center Dahlia Garden.  It is located at 4815 N. Assembly, Spokane, WA - 99205.  This garden honors all Veterans.


Dennis is no longer with us, accept in our fond memories of him and in our hearts.  Claudia continues to be the director of the Veterans Medical Center Dahlia Garden.  It is spectacular.

Many of our active society members help care for this garden, also.  This is where we get most of our tubers, for our tuber sales.


 The veterans, their families, friends, doctors, nurses, all staff and visitors at the VA Medical Center love this garden.  They too, get to enjoy cutting the flowers to take with them in the fall

before we dig them up.  It is quite a joy for them and for us that witness it.

​DELIGHTFUL DAHLIAS​ ON DISPLAY 

 IEDS Meeting,Trial Garden Information  & Spokane Veterans Medical Center &  IEDS Dahlia Garden Information


​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Inland Empire Dahlia Society (IEDS) meets the second Thursday of the month. We have 7 general meetings per year. We don't have meetings in July, August, September, December, and January.  The location of our meetings is at Manito Park Garden meeting room, at 7:00 p.m. The Address is 1702 Grand Blvd, Spokane, WA-99203.  East of the Duncan Gardens Conservatory,through the rock wall gate.


When preparing for our shows, there is one class that we vote on, for the flower of the year.  You will see a picture of it at the top of each web site page. Hollyhill Monet, a waterlily form, is the 2019 flower of the year​.


A monthly newsletter, called the Dahlia Fax, is mailed via the postal service or e-mailed. That is the choice of each member. 


In April, we have our, members only, Tuber Auction.  All tubers are donated, as are the ones for the tuber sales.  This is also, one of our club fund raisers, and is lots of fun.   


Our society is honored to sponsor one of the National Trial Gardens in the United States. This is located at Manito Park, in the Rose Garden.   When visitors, in the fall, view our garden, they are in awe, with the beauty and size of the dahlias.


It's, unfortunate, that the growing season is so short lived in our area of the country, Eastern Washington state.  The season ends too, soon. 


We sometimes have to cut the plants before the frost. It is heart wrenching to cut them down when they are still in bloom.   It is, however, fun to see all of the people that come to watch and get gifted with some free dahlias.  We take bottles of water and clippers and let them cut what they want. They are so happy, elated, speechless, and some do say, "I feel like I've won the Lottery".  That makes it all worth while.