Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary


Feb. 2012 Mother Nature really likes to mess with us at times: no snow, lots of rain and a storm on the day of our first meeting at the Dunnville Optimist Hall. The meeting on January 19th was scheduled to be our Annual General Meeting and due to the storm had to be cancelled. The membership will be notified as to when we are going to reschedule this. Please plan to attend, as this is a very important meeting. We will be informing the members of our financial status, and providing an update of our projects for 2012.

Believe it or not, for a short month February is a very busy month! February 2nd is Ground Hog Day, and hopefully Wiarton Willie will not see his shadow so spring will come early. Keep your fingers crossed–I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of this horrible wet non-winter weather. Valentine’s Day is on February 14th and a recent trip to Wal-Mart made that quite evident! February 20th is Family Day in Ontario. A paid day off and a long weekend are always welcomed. And, lastly, this year is a leap year so we have 29 days this month, which will give us an extra day to drain water off our properties! I commute from Dunnville to Brantford daily and it’s amazing how the farmers` fields look like lakes.

Our guest speakers for the year have been confirmed. Please check the “agenda” section of the website for a list of the speakers and the dates. There will also be printed agendas available at the meetings. We have so many wonderful people lined up for this year to share their wisdom. The monthly general meetings are open to all members and guests. You do not have to be a member to attend so come, listen and learn.

On behalf on the executive and directors of the DHS, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our “web-master” Ian Steel. He does such a wonderful job adding information to and maintaining our website. Please take some time to peruse the entire website. There is information about the history and mandate of the DHS and lots of photos. This month Ian has included an article about the Dunnville Floral Clock and its history in our town. The Dunnville Horticultural Society, along with Thomas Mains Ltd Welding, has donated much time and money over the years refurbishing and maintaining the clock. Thank you to Lori Maracle for her hard work at researching this subject.

Garden tip for February: This is a great time to prune, transplant and fertilize your trees and shrubs as needed. Be sure to check what your specific plants need before tackling these jobs. Check your stored plants such as fuchsias and geraniums, and if they are shrivelled water them lightly. Tender summer flowering bulbs may try to start into growth if they are subjected to heat. They should be kept very dry and stored at 45 degrees F. If they are shrivelling put them into slightly damp peat moss, but keep them cool!

So even though there’s an extra day thrown at us this month, if Wiarton Willie knows knows what’s good for him spring will soon be here.


Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary.


Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones. ~Author Unknown

DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Feb. 2012

President Judy Jeffery opened meeting at 7:11 p.m.

37 people signed in.

The membership was advised that a suggestion box was set out and to please feel free to use it.  All suggestions will be read.

Judy welcomed everyone to our new venue and explained the reason for the Annual General Meeting.

Minutes from last year’s AGM were handed out and therefore not read aloud.

Judy introduced Darren Blaylock from Gardener’s Choice Landscaping.  He introduced himself and his business.  He writes for the Sachem and helps with the Cayuga Santa Claus parade.  We will invite him to be a speaker for us in 2013.

2012 Agendas were printed by Ian and handed out to everyone. They look great.

New mail: 
Humber Nurseries in Brampton sent us an email informing us that they have a coupon for members to use for a 30% discount.

Grand Actions Newsletter from the GRCA.

Ontario Horticultural Association District 9 Annual General meeting: We received information from them that the meeting will be held on April 28 in Pelham this year at the Fontill United Church.

The OHA sent us a thank you letter for a donation that we made to them in 2011.

We received a letter from the Mudcat Festival inquiring about a donation for this year.  This year’s
theme is Our Emergency Service Workers.

We’re in the Hayfield Now Daylily Gardens:  They sent us a catalogue and order form.

Rain barrel Fundraiser for Haldimand/Norfolk.

Treasurer’s Reports for December 2011 and January 2012 were read.

2011 Balance Sheets and Year-End Income and Expense Reports were read by Don Davis.

Sue Mazi moved that they be accepted as read and Pauline Bradford seconded.

New Business:

Bus Trip:
Debbie Thomas announced the bus trip to Canada Blooms March 24th and advised the membership re costs etc.

Home & Garden Show:
Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21st.  Maura explained to the membership that we need volunteers and that she had sign up sheets for both Friday and Saturday for the show,  and Thursday (the day before) for preparation.

We need volunteers to help with refreshments at each general meeting.  Maura explained that she has a signup list and we need a minumum of 2 volunteers each meeting.

Plant Sale:
If you are starting seeds indoors please plant a few extras to donate to our plant sale in May.
The members were asked to please donate old gardening books and magazines to sell at the plant sale as well.

Judy advised everyone that there is a donation jar in the refreshment area.  She also thanked everyone who brought the goodies for the evening.

Guest Speaker:
Don Davis introduced Christine Edwicker from Christine`s Creative Photography in Dunnville.
She gave an excellent presentation on photography basics to help us get that incredible photo to enter in the photo contest.
Her discussion covered everything from camera basics to lighting and various techniques to acquire awesome photos.
She will be returning in November to judge the final products.

Photo Contest:
The contest will consist of 4 categories:  Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  Members can enter 1 picture in each category.  Members do not have to enter all 4 categories.  Photos must be of a gardening nature, and pets and children are allowed in the pictures providing they are not the focal point.  They should be 4×6 in size, and matte or glossy finish is fine. The photos do not have to be matted or mounted on anything. The photos will be judged at the November meeting which is also our Christmas meeting and should make for a fun evening.  Please remember that in November our meeting will be held on the 4th Thursday.

To date we have 54 paid up members.

Door prize was won by Doreen Love.

The early bird draw was won by Barb White.  Both prizes were garden tool kits graciously donated by Canadian Tire.

Ways & Means: 
$45.00  Thank you to Betty Ballanger for her hard work running the W&M each month.

Brown Marmorated Stinks Bugs:  These are a fairly new invasive species seen just about everywhere.  Members were advised that Master Gardeners should be advised if one is seen.

Meeting adjourned approximately 8:45 p.m.