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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.
DAHLIA OF THE YEAR 2023
PLACE CURSER ON PICTURE ABOVE YOU MAY ALSO CLICK ON PICTURE
Manito Park Meeting Room and Trial Garden.
VA Medical Center Dahlia Garden 2023
INLAND EMPIRE DAHLIA SOCIETY
SEE PICTURES OF THE VA DAHLIA GARDEN BELOW
Officers & Trustees
Patrick O'Kelly, President
Pat Bentley, Vice President
Sally Colwell, Treasurer
Heidi Byrum, Secretary
Darcey Bentley, 1 Year
Brenda Warner, 2 Year
Brian Desautel, 3 Year
IEDS Meeting,Trial Garden Information & Spokane Veterans Medical Center & IEDS Dahlia Garden Information 2023
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 Dahlia of the year. You will see a picture of it at the top of each web site page. Mingus Toni - BB size (4 - 6 inches) - ID (Informal Decorative form) - V (Variegated) - Dark Pink & Dark Red.
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.