Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

March 2013 hard to believe that spring is going to be here soon! January and February have flown by (thank goodness) and the days are getting longer. It’s now light in the morning when I leave for work and when I come home at night. It helps to make the drive a little easier.

The new DHS Constitution was read to the members at the February general meeting. Lori Maracle fielded a few questions and then the membership voted unanimously to accept it. The last time it was changed was 1998, so it’s nice knowing that the constitution is up-to-date. There was an excellent turnout at this meeting considering how cold it was outside. The Ways & Means draw raised $52.00 (way to go Betty!) and Steve Elgersma was the winner of the 2013 Early Bird Membership draw. He won a $25 gift certificate for Harmony House Jewellers. Congratulations Steve.

Our guest speakers were Chris Paribello and Shawn Nixon from Davey Tree Co. of Canada. They were very engaging, talking about tree anatomy and pruning. Pruning is scary at best, but they were able to shed a lot of light on how to tackle various trees and shrubs. Our guest speaker for March will be Darren Heimbecker from Whistling Gardens which is located in Wilsonville, Ontario. Whistling Gardens is Canada’s newest horticultural playground, with over 18 landscaped acres displaying thousands of spring bulbs and perennials. Check out their website at www.whistlinggardens.ca.

Vice-President Debbie Thomas has worked her magic again and booked a bus trip to Canada Blooms in Toronto. The National Home & Garden show is on at the same time so you get two shows for the price of one. We will be attending on Saturday March 23rd, leaving Dunnville at 8:30 a.m. and return approximately 6:30 p.m.   Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Tickets will be sold on a first come-first served basis. Please contact Debbie Thomas at 905-774-3064 if you wish to purchase tickets and don’t wait too long…..I’m sure they’ll sell fast. Last year was a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll have a great time again.

The Dunnville Home & Garden show is coming up in April. It will be held at the arena on April 19th and 20th. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to help out at our booth. Volunteers are always needed. If you would still like to help out but didn’t get a chance to sign up let Debbie Thomas or Kim Christoff know. This show is a huge fundraiser for us, and gives us a chance to meet new people and attract new members.

One sure sign of spring approaching is the arrival of seed catalogues. Dominion Seeds and Vesey’s have already arrived. You can check them out online at www.dominion-seed-house.com, www.veseys.com, and www.stokeseeds.com. It’s a great time to start planning your garden so be sure to purchase your seeds early.

Garden Tip of the Month: The first or second week of March is a good time to start seeds of celery, broccoli, and cabbage indoors. The third week of March: start seeds of peppers, and tomatoes. Be sure to read the seed package before starting. It’s also a good time to make sure your garden equipment is in good repair and ready to go. We’ve been hearing robins outside and it won’t be long before they make an appearance. When you finally see one you’ll know that spring has definitely arrived. See you at the meeting!
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

March 2013

Meeting was called order at 7:00 p.m.

There were 49 members signed in.

Lori Maracle warmly welcomed everyone. She spoke about the upcoming bus trip to Canada Blooms and informed the members that there were still tickets available.

Refreshments were announced and Ways & Means tickets were available.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Darren Heimbecker from Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, Ontario. Whistling Gardens is an amazing garden of many acres which he has developed over the last 6 years. It is described as a horticultural playground of over 18 landscaped acres displaying many varieties of flowers, plants and trees. He spoke about the big old house that drew him to the property and the various features that he has added: a fountain, a Celtic wall, decoration with Canadian recycled glass, a pagoda, an arboretum and formal rock spaces. Tonight he focused on the very special variety of trees which he has introduced to the garden, many of which are extremely rare. The garden boasts numerous hard to find trees such as variegated hedge maples, Chinese dogwood and golden coloured pine trees. He described many intriguing trees such as Spring Ghost trees, Manitoba maples, magnolias with many shades of pink, golden dwarf Norway spruce, and green Scotch pines. You can find more information about Whistling Gardens at www.whistlinggardens.ca. Thank you to Mr. Heimbecker for a very interesting talk about his garden centre and for donating several trees for our Ways & Means draw which helped to boost ticket sales.

Ian Steel moved to have the minutes from February accepted as read. Vel LeVatte seconded the motion and the motion was passed.

Kim read the treasurer’s report. Opening balance: $4285.70. Total income: $1041.96. Total expenses: $1342.11. Closing balance: $3985.55. We have a total or 75 regular members and 5 life members.

Lori spoke to the membership reminding everyone about the upcoming Home & Garden show on April 19 & 20th. Volunteers are needed to help man the booth. Please lend a couple hours of your time.

There will be no regular general meeting in June. Instead we will be visiting Rosa Flora for a private showing of the greenhouses and how they operate. There is a $5.00 cover charge per person (members only) and a BBQ will be held afterwards at the home of Rob and Lori Maracle.

The District 9 AGM Spring Forum is April 27th at the Optimist Hall. Volunteers are needed to help with this event as well. Please plan to attend. This is a very important event and we want to make a lasting impression on everyone who attends. The flower show rules are available on our website at www.dunnvillehortsoc.gardenontario.org.

Ways & Means winners were announced. Thank you to Betty Ballanger for helping to raise $72.00.

Thank you to Maura Cooper for taking care of the kitchen duties. A great job as usual. Thank you to everyone who helped to make tonight’s meeting possible.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. Please remember that this meeting will be 1 week later than usual.

Sue Mazi, DHS secretary