Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

April 2015

Meeting was called to order by Debbie Thomas at 7:08pm.
Discussed Optimist club double booking of hall. Upstairs Theatre group from 8pm-10pm, with us downstairs 7pm-9pm. Asked all to be respectable of noise after 8pm, just have to work through it, we will see if our mike is too loud?

Asked for someone from the membership to consider being the recording secretary for general meetings. Cindy Huitema stepped up to offer her help, at meetings she attends.

Introduced new DSS student volunteer Brant Richardson.
Treasurer’s report tabled till Kim Christoff returns.
Mentioned last few months more money coming in by donation than going out.
Minutes no longer read, unless a motion was passed.
Town planters have been cleaned of Christmas decor by Rob and Lori Maracle. The spring decorations were planted by Deb Z, Debbie T, Gloria Hunter and Marlene Link, with Marlene donating curly willow, and the BIA paid for 14 trays of painseys used. BIA to add yellow ribbons.

Earth Day is Wednesday April 22, invited anyone available to help install aluminum edging purchased for 2 town beds, as well as some bed clean up in town. Start time 10:00am behind Duliban Insurance.

Also mentioned Earth Day sale at Veermeers, 70% off last years potted stock to Hort members, just show your card. Otherwise the usual 10% off for Hort members on new stock.

Reminded everyone of Lions Home and Garden Show coming weekend, asked members to bring a friend, since membership drive will be our focus. Explained draw for 2 door prizes. A ballot for each membership purchased. Asked for volunteers to help at the booth, the booth set up that morning.

Mentioned Dist 9 Forum, outlined speakers, times, registration, cost. Asked members with online access to have a look on our website for full schedule. Let anyone without on-line access know we have about 14 hard copys available.

Mentioned Judy had wholesale plants and bulbs for sale to members tonight, see her at break and after meeting adjourned.

Plant sale drop-off is Friday May 8 between 6-8pm at the Farmers Market. Asked for volunteers to price and sort. That all plants be in containers, and marked with type, colour, water/sun requirements.
Day of plant sale, still need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, and during the sale.
Beth Powell brought in pots for anyone that needs them. Mentioned that the Optimists will not be holding their indoor craft garage sale this year, but at a later date, another location, and they are looking for donations of items.

A Junior Gardeners club has been proposed by Margaret and Mark Bottrell and Judy Jeffries. They have run it in the past. For now we are looking for interest and support from the public, prior to going ahead. We will promote it at Lions Home and Garden Show.

Mary Lou brought one more polished Hort torphy from the past, to view and then put in storage.

Mentioned that our website has been updated by Ian Steel, with input & suggestions from members and the directors.

Trivia questioned asked-“what did Lester mean when he used the phrase the scotch method, during his presentation last month. Phil Gebhardt answered correctly.

Break and refreshments called at 7:25
Refreshments provided by Marilyn Stavinga, Maura Cooper, Mary VanOsten, Mary fretz, and new member Denise Richardson. Yummy and plentiful.
Our guest speaker was Jack Kent from the Potting Shed. His speaking topic was “all things lily”.

There were 60 members and guests in attendance

Meeting adjourned 8:45pm.

Ways and Means draw followed.

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary



April showers bring May flowers…..soon I hope, soon!
It’s still cold out, but the weatherman is promising warmer weather tomorrow. I can finally see my garden again now that the snow has receded. I can also see the work that needs to be done. I’m sure all of you are itching to get outside and get ‘er done! It’s the time of year that we all live for: when we can get back outside and get active. Nothing better for the body, mind and soul!

March’s general meeting was a great evening for all. Thank you so much to Lester Fretz who worked his magic and taught us everything we need to know about propagating plants. Unfortunately I missed the meeting but I’m going to get a chance to make up for it by attending District 9’s Spring Forum at Ball’s Falls. Each year a different society hosts District 9’s AGM-this year it’s the Lincoln Garden Club’s turn. We hosted it 2 years ago and had a great time. Lester will be a guest speaker there so mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th and plan on attending.

We are going to have a booth at the Dunnville Lions’ Home and Garden show this year-yay!! It’s being held at the Dunnville Memorial Arena and Community Lifespan Centre on April 17th and 18th. We need volunteers to man the booth on both days so please let the executive know at the upcoming general meeting if you haven’t signed up already.

Guest speaker for the April general meeting will be Jack Kent of the Potting Shed in Dunnville. He’ll be talking to us about “All Things Lily”. I know it’s going to be a great evening…I love lilies and it’ll be exciting to see what’s new for 2015. Jack will also be our guest speaker for May with other news and tips to share with us for the upcoming season. May’s meeting is our annual Rose Draw, too, so be sure to attend. You can’t win a rose if you’re not signed in.

Don’t forget to save plant divisions for our plant sale on Saturday, May 9th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so anything that you can donate will be appreciated. It will be held at the Optimist Hall in the parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The night before we’ll be accepting your donations at the Market located on Market Street (behind the Beer Store) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Planting Day is Saturday May 23rd from 8:00 a.m. until noon. This is what we are all about—making the town flowerbeds spectacular! With annuals donated from Konkle’s and many other plants and items donated by local growers our army of volunteers will make Dunnville beautiful again this year. Please plan to help out with a few hours of your time.

This year at the Dunnville Mudcat Festival we’ll be hosting a table at “Community Lane”. Come out and support us and volunteer for a shift. It takes place on Saturday June 13th from 8:30 am to 6:00 p.m. The entire festival runs from the 11th to the 13th with lots to see and do.

Garden Tip of the Month: Be patient. Annuals can’t go into the ground until all chance of frost has passed, except for maybe pansies which don’t seem to mind a cold snap. You can, however, plant your spring flowering bulbs such as dahlias, gladiolas and lilies. That is if you can get a shovel into the soil and turn it over. My gardens are still frozen. Maybe we should just wait for Jack Kent—I’m sure he’ll give us all kinds of tips on how to grow fabulous bulbs when the ground finally thaws.


See you at the meeting!

Sue Mazi, DHS 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