Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

May 2013 Happy sunshine everyone! Finally! This winter has been long, cold and dreary. It’s beautiful outside and I hope this is the end of the cold weather. Just today with the warmth and sunshine my spring bulbs have exploded with colour.

We did a bang up job showing off the Dunnville Horticultural Society to the members of District 9 who attended the AGM Spring Forum on April 27th. There were guest speakers, a flower show, a penny sale, door prizes and loads of delicious food. Thank you to Pazzo’s Pizza for donating the pizzas and to Maura Cooper and Marilyn Stavinga for providing the yummy desserts. Counsellor Lorne Boyko made an appearance and spoke to the group about the DHS’s history and impact on the community. Members from District 9 societies in St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, and Grimsby attended and I’m sure they were impressed with the spread. 25 year membership awards were given out as well. There were many recipients from the other societies of District 9, and our very own Karen Waltham, Janice Croft, Doris Thomson, and Janine Jungus were awarded their pins. Congratulations ladies!

Our annual plant sale is coming fast. The date is May 11th.       Now is a great time to start dividing those perennials that are coming up and donate some to the sale. Donations will be accepted on Friday May 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the condo parking lot next to the bridge.

Please make sure that your donations are potted and clearly labelled with as much information as possible (name, size, sun/shade etc.). If you have a couple of hours to spare please let Judy Jeffery know so she can fit you into the morning schedule where she needs help. The sale runs on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to approximately noon at the Optimist Hall. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so your help will be greatly appreciated. FYI: the Optimist Club is holding an indoor garage sale at the same time so it will be a shopper’s paradise.

The Mudcat Parade is coming up too. This year it’s on Saturday June 8th. More details will follow at the May general meeting.       We need volunteers to help with decorating the float and of course to participate in the parade. Please let Pam Blanchard know if you’re interested in taking part.

Planting day in the public flowerbeds will be May 25th.       Please plan on helping out. This is a great opportunity to show the public what we’re really all about: beautifying Dunnville. The backbone of our society is our volunteers and this is the single most important event that demonstrates that to the public.

I have just been informed that Master Gardener Beth Powell is opening up her beautiful gardens for tours on Saturday June 29th and Sunday, June 30th. Her garden is located in Canfield and is definitely a must see.  We visited her place last year and it was amazing.  There is no charge for the tour so make sure you mark your calendar.

Garden Tip of the Month:       Remember to stretch, stretch, and stretch some more before digging around in the garden. Back injuries happen so easily with raking, wheel barrowing and shovelling so we need to be careful.

It’s a little early to plant most annuals, but pansies can be planted now if daytime temperatures average 15 degrees and they’ll tolerate night time temperatures around 4 degrees.       If you’re a fan of tender bulb plants you can plant dahlias, gladiolas and crocosmias (a personal favourite) any time now.

It’s great to see everything greening up and blossoms opening again. I love spring—it’s the dawn of a new gardening season.       Get outside and enjoy your gardens and don’t forget: with a little extra effort you could be the recipient of a DHS trillium award!

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

May 2013

Meeting was opened by Lori Maracle at 7:10 p.m.

There were 56 members signed in.

Ways & Means Tickets and refreshments were announced as being available.

Lori mentioned an article written in the Sachem by Lynda Roberts expressing how beautiful the tulips are. Thank you to everyone who helped to plant them.

A list was passed around for volunteer members to sign up for planting day on May 25th.   Be sure to bring tools (snips, trowels etc.), kneepads and hats. McDonald’s has graciously donated meal vouchers for the volunteers.

April minutes: A motion was made by Vel LeVatte to have them accepted as read. The motion was seconded by Karen Waltham and the motion was passed.

Lori welcomed our new members and explained how we email minutes, upcoming events and newsletters before each general meeting.

Treasurer’s reports: Kim briefly covered March and April’s treasurer’s reports. There were no questions from the membership regarding any of the income or expenses.

Lori spoke about the May 11th plant sale. It was a huge success this year. Judy did an amazing job heading it up for us this year. We had many members come out and help with the sorting of plants on Friday night and the set up and sale of plants on Saturday. Sales and donations earned $1962.70. Apron sales and memberships each earned $30.00 for a grand total for the day: $2022.70. The left over plants were donated to Fairview School for their current fundraiser.   Congratulations to everyone!

Lori thanked everyone for their help at the District 9 AGM in April. Kim told us that there were 15 DHS members present and 80 people in total attended. The speakers (Linda Crago and Jack Kent) were wonderful.  Most host societies have the attendees “brown-bag” it, but we had pizza, sandwiches and desserts that were delicious and plentiful. Thank you to all the DHS volunteers who helped out. Jack Kent was kind enough to donate his $150 speaker’s fee back to us as a donation.

Pam Blanchard is spearheading our entry in the Mudcat Parade. She explained to the membership that volunteers are needed to help with decorating the float and participating in the parade. The Mudcat parade is June 8 at 10:00 a.m. We will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the start of the parade route. Look for us as we don’t know our position in the parade yet. We have a 1949 Massey Harris tractor belonging to Allan and Gwen VanNatter pulling our float this year. This year’s theme is “Go Wild” so NO DHS t-shirts and aprons. We are looking for African motif only. Pam brought several examples with her so everyone should have a good idea as to what is needed. She had a signup list available for members. The parade itself lasts about 1 hour. The Chamber of Commerce has Mudcat Festival booklets with a map of the parade route inside.

Judy Jeffery addressed the group and asked if anyone could help out at Edgewater Gardens with their garden clean up. They are in desperate need of help as they don’t have a gardener. Judy will also donate some new plants.

Lori spoke about the garden walk at Rosa Flora on June 20th. $5.00 per person and there will be a BBQ at her and Rob’s home afterwards. A map to both places was provided on the back of the agendas.

New DHS and Konkle signs have been made for the public flowerbeds and were shown to the members. Debbie Thomas had them made up at Mirror Imaging. Konkle’s donates the annuals every year and it’s important to let the public know this.

Trillium award nominations are coming up: June 1st to June 30th. Lori asked for volunteers for judging. There will be a training night at Lori’s before the judging commences, usually right after the July 1st holiday. A sign up sheet was passed around. The August general meeting will be our awards night. 2013 winners’ pictures will go up on the “wall of fame” at the Optimist Hall, with 2012’s photos being given to the recipients of that year.

Lori introduced our speaker Anita Buehner. She is the owner of Bonnie Heath Lavender Farm located in Norfolk County.   She spoke of how she and her husband transformed their tobacco farm into an amazing lavender farm and how lavender is grown and harvested. We will definitely have to plan a bus trip there next summer.

Rose draw: Winners of our annual rose draw were: Bruce Nevils, Mary VanOosten, Doris Thomson, Pam Blanchard, Debbie Thomas, Pat Henderson, Mary McKinney, Betty Ballanger, Lori Maracle and Kim Christoff.

Ways & Means tickets were drawn. Thank you to Debbie Wilson and Pam Blanchard for looking after the W&M table. Thank you to Maura Cooper and her helpers Joan King, Donna Cavers, and Dorothy Minor. As usual everything was absolutely delicious.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. and the Ways & Means draw raised $52.00.

Sue Mazi, DHS Secretary.