Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary
May 2014 

Hello everyone!
Spring is well underway and I hope you are enjoying working in your garden again. This is definitely the time of year that we all live for. Shovels, trowels and dirt under our nails: there’s nothing like it.Our guest speakers on April 24th were Bob and Ann Granatier from Trail’s End Iris Gardens. With Ann giving the presentation and Bob manning the power-point we learned a lot about irises. There are so many different kinds and it was nice to go back to basics regarding growing, transplanting and dividing them. The most interesting thing I learned was how drought tolerant they are. They are a perfect addition to your flowerbeds if you are interested in xeriscaping your gardening.

Our guest speaker for May is one of our favourite return speakers, Lester Fretz.   He’ll be talking to us about micro-gardening, but I’m sure he’ll cover many other interesting topics as usual. If you’ve had a chance to listen to him before you know you’re in for an entertaining evening. We’ll also be having our annual rose draw. You must be signed in at the meeting to win one.

Our plant sale is being held on Saturday May 10th at the Optimist Hall. Like last year it’ll be held in conjunction with the Optimist Club’s annual indoor Vendors’ Market sale. The Optimist Club will have food available too. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning, either helping out or shopping for goodies for your home or garden. Sunday May 11th is Mother’s Day so come, help out and check out the bargains.  Now is a great time to get into your garden and divide some perennials to donate. Please make sure all plants are potted (bare root plants will not be accepted) and labelled clearly with sun/shade/water requirements. We’ll accept donations Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the condo parking lot next to the bridge. Please plan on donating a couple hours of your time to help at the sale.

Our annual planting day is coming up: Saturday, May 24th. The town flowerbeds are our main focus every year and without our army of trusty volunteers to plant and maintain them Dunnville wouldn’t have the beautiful vibrant downtown core that we have. This year we’ll have maps to help with the layouts of the flowerbeds. If you want to come and help please just show up and look for anyone in a green cap and green t-shirt. They’ll be more than happy to put you to work. The more people who show up—the faster things will get done.   Be at the condo parking lot at 8 a.m. and be sure to bring a trowel, knee pads, and gloves.

Garden tip of the month:

The “May two-four” weekend is traditionally the weekend to plant annuals.   The garden centres will be buzzing! Just remember, you don’t have to plant everything in the spring. Many perennials can be purchased for a fraction of the price in the fall. But, if you’re like me, I can’t wait until then. If you can find them, now it is the time to locate hardy mums to plant so they’ll come back every year. Mums purchased in the fall are using all their energy for their flowers and won’t set up a good root system to survive the winter.

See you at the next 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 2014

The meeting was opened by Lori Maracle at 7:00 p.m.

There were 54 people signed in.
Lori welcomed everyone and reminded the membership to sign in to be eligible for the annual Rose Draw. 10 Roses were donated by Judy’s Plants and Nursery.

Kim presented the minutes from April 2014 and asked if there were any errors or omissions. Ian moved to have them accepted as presented. Pauline seconded the motion and it was passed. The treasurer’s report from April was read. Membership stands at 103. Income was $92.00. Expenses were $255.26.  Ending balance was $10,000.49.  GIC remain at $3000 and petty cash at $100.

Plant Sale results were presented by Lori. It was a very successful day with lots of donated plants, volunteers and sales of $2073! This total included $66 from a raffle for a garden basket, won by Olga & Bruce Nevills. We also had 10 more members join up.

McHappy Day was held on Wed. May 7 and was attended by Lori, Rob, Debbie T., Maura, Ian and Pauline as representatives of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

Planting Day is on Saturday May 24.  We will be meeting at the condo parking lot at 8 am. Members were asked to sign up and to please bring sunscreen, a hat and any gardening tools they might have. Water would be provided. Debbie has reached out to the community as well for their help.  The DSS will be planting the Clock and the High school/Godfather’s bed. Rain date will be Sunday May 25.

Dunnville Trillium Awards
 We are looking for at least 12 people to be judges.  There will be a brief training session so that judging will be fair and consistent. Judging takes place the first few weeks of July with the results being presented at our August meeting.

Garden Walk will be held on Thursday June 19 at Beth Powell and Ken Sherwood’s starting at 7 p.m. Maps are on the website as well as at the front table. . A Food and beverages will be provided afterwards at the same place. Please remember that this is just a snack, not dinner. Please bring lawn chairs. There will be no meeting this month.

Bus Tour will take place on Saturday July 12, meeting at the condo parking lot at 9 a.m.We will go first to Whistling Gardens where we will also have a catered lunch. Following lunch we will go to Bonnieheath Lavender farm for a wagon ride through the fields of lavender. Cost is $40 for members, $50 for non-members.

Our website is wonderfully maintained by Ian Steel. There are many helpful hints, some that were obtained from our own panel of “experts”. Ian also made bookmarks that were handed out at the plant sale as well as McHappy Day asking for volunteers for planting day.

Ways & Means is very full tonight! Our speaker Lester Fretz has donated a lot of different items as well as many plants that were left over from the plant sale.  Many are a little messy so please use a plastic bag to help with the cleanup later on.   Next meeting will be on Thursday August 21. This will be our Trillium Award evening as well as having a penny sale. The speaker is Leanne Dykun from Blooming Designs. We need kitchen volunteers for this night as well as in September and October.

Rice Road Nurseries has donated 4 yards of Nincompoop, a soil amendment that is clean and good for controlling weeds. Lori, Rob and Debbie spread this over the high school bed and the one at Dell’s Pharmacy. 3 yards of mulch has been donated by Turkstra Lumber and was put in the Christmas tree bed. We have also purchased two planters to be placed on Lock Street from Rice Road. They are full of soil and plants and will be delivered in time for the Mudcat Festival.

Refreshments were put out, a wonder of goodies provided by Mary Fretz,
?And?. Thanks ladies!

Our Speaker Lester Fretz gave a wonderful presentation on “Micro-gardening” showing us creative ways of finding space for our plants. As always, Lester was full of wonderful ideas, tips and hints.

Rose Draw was held, and winners were presented with their prizes.

Ways & Means was held which raised $59.

Meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.
Kim Christoff, DHS Treasurer