Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

APRIL 2012 If you weren’t on the bus with us to Canada Blooms you missed a wonderful day! Canada Blooms is the most amazing show–there were so many different flowers, plants and trees on display. The National Home Show was on at the same time so there was something for everyone. There were numerous competitions for flowers, plants, arrangements and photography. There were lectures by television gardening and home improvement personalities, authors, and vendors galore. The floral highlight of the year was the “Medenilla Grandiflora”. It’s a beautiful tropical plant originally from the Philippines. They have finally made it to Canadian garden centres this year. I bought one in November and it has bloomed steady since. A slightly pricey plant, but well worth the investment.

We had “door prizes” given away on the bus and a 50/50 draw as well. Leann Hines was the lucky winner of the 50/50 draw and took home $80.00. Actually, I’ll bet she spent it all at the show! Thank you to Farr’s Bus Lines and their bus driver who delivered and returned us safely and on time. A huge thank you goes out to director Debbie Thomas for organizing this trip. Everything went off without a hitch, and we had so much fun. We will definitely have to do this on an annual basis. A special thanks goes out to Lori Maracle for being our emcee for the trip. Great job.

The Dunnville Home Show is fast approaching. It’s being held at the new Dunnville Memorial Arena & Community Lifespan Centre on Friday, April 20, and Saturday April 21st. Please plan to come and stop by and visit our booth. We are raffling off a beautiful arbour and a garden bench. You can’t win without a ticket, so please support the DHS by purchasing one. (or two, or three…) Our 2011 Trillium Award winners will be honoured at the home show with a photo display of the winning properties. Everyone worked so hard to make their homes beautiful and it’s so nice to be recognized for making Dunnville beautiful.

Our next General Meeting is Thursday, April 19th. Our guest speaker will be a representative of St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre. The lecture will be about companion and beneficial planting. In this day and age where pesticides are bad for the environment we can learn to plant different plants together to battle insect pests.

I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather that we had last month. March break was incredible! You certainly didn’t have to drive to Florida for some warm sunshine. Even though it was just a teaser, warmer weather is right around the corner. I can’t wait to see what decides to come up in my garden this year.

Garden tip of the Month: April is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas and lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processed manure and peat moss into the planting soil. Tuberous Begonias and Cannas should not be set outdoors until all danger of frost has passed, so wait until next month.

When they have finished blooming, you should deadhead your spring flowering bulbs. Do not cut off the green foliage yet! These green leaves continue to grow for a few weeks, and provide the bulb with food for flowering next year. Hybrid Tea Roses should be fertilized prior to buds beginning to bloom. Using a systemic fertilizer will help prevent insect infestation later in the summer, as it feeds your rose. We’ve been waiting a long time for spring to arrive and it’s finally here. It may take a while before the weather stays warm but at least we can get outside.
Happy gardening!

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

April 2012

Meeting was opened by President Judy Jeffery at 7:10 p.m.

Minutes from March 2012 were read by Sue Mazi. Accepted as read by Pauline Bradford and seconded by Olga Nevils.

Mail: There was no new mail.

Treasurer’s report for March 2012 was read by Kim Christoff. We have 79 memberships to date.

New Business:  Our signs are up on the Optimist Hall!! They look spectacular. There are 3 in total. Please take the time to check them out. There is also a picture on our website. These signs were made possible by a grant from Haldimand County and a donation by John and Marie Pridmore of Mirror Imaging of Dunnville. Thank you to everyone who was involved in obtaining these signs for DHS.

Kim offered up raffle tickets for the Home Show draw if any members were interested in purchasing theirs early in case they couldn’t go to the Home Show. She read out the times that volunteers signed up for. Volunteers were asked to wear our DHS T-shirts and aprons.   We will be handing out seed packets to people who come to our booth. Luna will be our official mascot for the Home Show. Pictures of the Trillium Award winning homes will be framed and displayed at our booth.

Debbie announced that our Garden Walk on Thursday June 21st will be at the home of Master Gardener Beth Powell in Canfield.   Ms. Powell will be graciously opening up her garden to us, so we will be going there rather than having a regular General Meeting at the Optimist Hall. Her address is 440 Concession 1 North, Canfield, Ontario. 905-772-3088. Please remember that there are 2 Concession 1s in Canfield. They both run parallel to #3 highway, one north and one south. So from Highway #3 you will turn towards Hamilton on Highway #56 and turn right onto Concession 1 North. You can call for directions or check Mapquest. We will also have directions posted on our website as well. Please check dunnvillehortsoc.gardenontario.org closer to June for more information. Ms. Powell will also be holding a plant sale on Saturday May 5th from 8 am until she sells out. If there are any plants left unsold Ms Powell has promised to donate them to us for our plant sale the following weekend.

We sang Happy Birthday to Debbie’s mom, Dorothy Minor and shared in a delicious birthday cake. Many happy returns Dorothy!

Refreshment Break: a quick break was taken for refreshments. Maura did a wonderful job as usual. Thanks to all that helped her.

Plant Sale: Don’t forget our annual plant sale coming up on May 12th. Don Davis addressed the group regarding the sale. We need plants donated. They must be in pots and they must be labeled. Please label them with their common name and sun requirements. We will be meeting at 6 p.m. at the Optimist Hall for deliveries the night before. The sale starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will run until 12 – 1 p.m. A request was also made to anyone who has a table that we can use, and we need volunteers to help.

Dunnville Flower Beds: We need volunteers to help with the flowerbeds in town. Please remember that this qualifies for community service if you know any high school students who would like to help. We need help with cultivating and mulching before planting day and of course planting on planting day. There will be designated days for prepping. Lori Maracle is spearheading this project so if you would like to help or have any questions please see her. A co-ordinator and 3 helpers are needed for each flowerbed. There is a list of the town’s flowerbeds on our website under “Mandate”.   McDonald’s has donated free meals for everyone who helps.

Volunteers will be provided with our DHS T-shirts, which you can keep.

Construction students at Dunnville Secondary School are making new numbers for the Floral Clock. We are planning a photo-op with the Dunnville Chronicle on the day that they are mounted on the clock, and hoping that the students will plant the flowers around it.

Guest Speaker: Allan Arthur from St. William’s Nursery and Ecology Centre spoke about ecology, companion planting and biodiversity. Thank you so much to Mr. Arthur for sharing his knowledge about how urban and highway development affects our planet and what his organization does to help. His knowledge about companion planting and native plants species was enlightening also.

Next month will be our annual Rose Draw. You must be at the meeting and be signed in to win one.

Ways & Means: Thanks again to Betty and her team for a job well done. $56.25 was raised.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:15 p.m.