Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

Sept. 2015

President Debbie Thomas welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7:15 p.m. She welcomed the Trillium Award winners who attended tonight, and thanked everyone who entered the Junior Gardener and Regular flower show.

There were 100 people signed in! This is a new society record.

In order to keep the business part of the meeting to a minimum most everything that Debbie wanted to talk about was covered in the September newsletter. She asked that everyone please read the newsletter and she would answer any questions. The newsletter will be attached to these minutes as a permanent record. Debbie informed everyone that we are looking for some fresh faces on the board of directors. There were some forms available for anyone who was interested. She asked the membership if anyone would be interested in being our permanent recording secretary. Confirmed executive for 2016 is Debbie Thomas: President, Deb Zynomirski: Vice-President, Sue Mazi: Corresponding Secretary, Kim Christoff: Treasurer.

The Trillium Awards were handed out. All of our local papers were represented at the meeting and lots of pictures were taken. Thank you to Lindy’s Flowers for the beautiful roses that were given to each recipient. This year there were 59 houses nominated and 11 businesses. That is a record for the DHS as well. Photos of this year’s winners have been mounted on the wall at the Optimist Hall. Thank you to Councillor Bernie Corbett for speaking to our group at the end of the presentations. He congratulated everyone for their hard work and achievements, including the DHS.

We received a certificate of recognition and thanks from the Chamber of Commerce for our hard work.

The society’s trophies were on display this evening. Thank you to Mary Lou and Geoff Johnson for their hard work in polishing them-they looked beautiful.

After a short break, Debbie introduced our guest speaker, Sandra Marr. She demonstrated how to decorate for fall, using willow wreaths, tall grasses and sumac and ribbon.

Pauline Bradford welcomed the Junior Gardeners and announced their placings in the flower/veggie show. Their awards will be presented at the November general meeting. She then announced the winners of the Senior Flower & Veggie show.

The results are as follows:

Junior Gardener’s Club:

Strangest Shaped Vegetable Category:
1st – Landon Lucas
2nd – Alicia Stavinga
3rd – Kaedance Poyton

Flowers in a Bowl Category:
1st – Alicia Stavinga
2nd – Kaedance Poyton
Largest Sunflower Head Category:
1st – Alicia Stavinga
2nd – Kaedance Poyton
3rd – Christina Lucas

Dunnville Horticultural Society
2015 Fun Flower and Vegetable Show Winners

1st – Marilyn Stavinga
2nd – Jan & Regina Loots
1st – Cindy Huitema
2nd – Joan King
3rd – Gwen Van Natter
1st – Gloria Hunter
Largest Tomato:
1st – Jan & Regina Loots
Smallest Carrot:
1st – Nick Huitema
2nd – Cindy Huitema
3rd – Jan & Regina Loots
Unusual Vegetable:
1st – Joan King
Pretty Things in Small Packages:
1st – Cindy Huitema
Now How’s That!:
1st – Jan & Regina Loots
A Tisket a Tasket Flowers in a Basket:
1st – Gwen Van Natter
2nd – Mary-Lou Johnston
A Quick Snack:
1st – Jan & Regina Loots
Thyme in a Bottle:
1st – Marilyn Stavinga
2nd – Jan & Regina Loots
Judges: Marg Bottrell, Beth Powell and Pauline Bradford.
Thank you very much to all of our judges for this evening.

Judy Jeffery kindly donated some beautiful mums for door prizes and Lindy’s Flowers donated beautiful bouquets of roses. Winners were drawn from the sign in list. The roses went to Clara Draaistra, Don Zynomirski, Marilyn Kindy, Alisha Stavinga and Florence Zynomirski. The mums went to Robert Marr, Peter Zynomirski and Nick Huitema. Debbie closed the evening by thanking everyone for coming. Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Thank you to Pat Henderson, Rosemarie Bosak, Helen Edl, Jenny Elgersma, Pauline Bradford and Gloria Hunter for supplying the delicious snacks for the evening and to Pazzo’s Pizza for donating 5 pizzas.

Ways and Means prizes were called. Thank you to Betty Ballanger and Gwen VanNatter for their hard work and of course, thank you to everyone who donated to the W & M. We raised $121.40. Excellent!

There is also a sweater and a casserole dish in our lost and found should anyone be missing one of these items.

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

Sept. 2015

Happy September! This summer has certainly flown by fast! Hopefully you have all had the chance to enjoy the hot weather. Sure signs of summer winding down are the shorter days and all the fall fairs that are taking place each weekend. Soon we can start thinking about putting our gardens to bed for the winter as the gardening season winds down.

The bus trip to Niagara’s Botanical Gardens and wineries has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Anyone who has already purchased a ticket will receive a full refund. Thank you to those who bought tickets: please see Deb Zynomirski for your refund. Thank you Deb for all your hard work planning this trip. Hopefully we can do it next year.

The Light Up Design Contest winner is Marilyn Stavinga. Nine talented members submitted designs that were all very original and imaginative.   The display is now being constructed by Vic Powell’s team which includes John Hart and Sean O’Neil. We are all looking forward to seeing it on display this Christmas. Marilyn’s design will be displayed at the November general meeting where Marilyn will be awarded her prize. Congratulations, Marilyn!

At this upcoming meeting we are holding our 2nd annual Flower & Veggie Show and we’ll be awarding the 2015 Trillium Awards. Our Trillium Award judges were busy in July judging all the beautiful homes that were nominated. We had over 50 homes nominated this year and I do believe that’s a record. It’s wonderful to have our community getting involved with the nomination process and of course without our volunteer judges and awards committee these awards simply wouldn’t happen. Thank you Gloria Hunter and Deb Zynomirski for heading up the committee this year-you both did an awesome job for first-timers! This year’s winners are:

Residential Properties:
1 787 Marshall Rd Cheryl MacLean 5
2 408 Ross Ave Ed & Sue Mazi 5
3 102 Church St Deanna & Gordon Dickhout 4
4 113 Kneider Ave Sharon & Vic McIntee 3
5 1362 Bird Rd Kim & Gary Hilmer 4
6 34 Pine Meadow Ct Roy & Dianne Graham 1
7 440 Broad St E Peggy & Karl Smith 4
8 429 George St Peggy Czepek & Allan Gee 1
9 2610 Lakeshore Rd Deb & Don Zynomirski 2
10 11 Maplewood Ct Ted Cowie 2
11 318 Forest St W Charlotte Langkamar 2
12 112 Jarrett Pl Brian Barnett 2
13 128 Forest St W Joan & Elwood King 3
14 104 Anderson Ave Kelly Jacob 1
15 97 Haldimand Rd #17 Steve Ellis 2
Commercial Properties:
1 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses George St 3
2 Grand River Condominiums 210 Main St 4
3 Rose Memorial Hospital Garden 3
4 Canadian Reformed Church Highway #3 E 1
5 McDonald’s Restaurant Broad St E 4


The numbers in the far right column show how many trillium awards these addresses have won. The maximum that a property can win is 5. Please excuse me if any of the surnames have been misspelled.

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Sandi Marr and her topic will be “Bringing Fall Beauty to Your Home, Inside & Out”. We have new planters where I work so I’m hoping to get some great ideas!

Our Junior Gardeners have been working very hard this summer and they’ve all had their gardens inspected by Judy Jeffery, and Mark and Margaret Bottrell. Awards for their work will be presented at the November general meeting. They’ve also been very busy selling Vesey’s flower bulbs as a DHS fundraiser, and they will also participate in their own Flower & Veggie show in conjunction with our senior members this month.

Our partnership with the Dunnville Rotary Club and Landscapes by Russ (Russ Savage) helped to create a beautiful landscape underneath Muddy the Mudcat. The project was completed on September 12th. Please visit Muddy to see the improvements that have been made. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this project. Muddy looks great. It’s quite common to drive by and see people having their picture taken in front of the big fish. Hopefully his missing whisker can be replaced sometime in the near future.

Due to popular demand, The DHS will be partnering with the BIA (Business Improvement Association) to add 10 more large planters in the downtown core in 2016. This year’s planters looked amazing, and still do for that matter.

The DHS is also in the midst of making major improvements to the gardens beneath the east and west Dunnville signs at each end of town. Much of the existing vegetation has been removed in preparation for this. A number of county summer students, under the direction of Barry Schram, helped with this huge task.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the District 9 Fall Forum. It’s being held on Saturday, September 26th at Heartland Forest Nature Experience located at 8215 Heartland Forest Rd., Niagara Falls. Contact person is Sandra Martin at 905-688-5882 or email at smartin94@cogeco.ca. Details can be found on our website, or see a member of the executive if you don’t have computer access. We’ll have printed information at the meeting.

Saturday, October 17th is flowerbed clean-up day. Volunteers are needed. Meet at the parking lot by the bridge at 9:00 am.

November 19th will be our annual Christmas Celebration, Pot Luck Dinner and Installation of Officers. Please consider yourself as a candidate to join the board of directors. Everyone comes with various skills and knowledge. New members bring us fresh ideas and new perspectives that helps keep the DHS fresh, current and exciting. If you are interested in joining the board please see any of the current board members. Don’t be shy.

Garden tip of the month: Fall is a great time to plant perennials especially peonies. You can often find bargains at local garden centres as they are trying to clear out remaining stock. Planting this time of year gives your plants warmer soil and excellent conditions to help them establish good root systems before winter.

See you at the next meeting!

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary.