Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

Oct. 2015

President Debbie Thomas welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7:10pm.
Debbie updated all members on the following points:

1.) Haldimand County’s Recognition night, held Oct 14th. DHS was nominated under “Project Award” for our beautiful gardens throughout town and in recognition of partnerships we have formed within the community. DHS was nominated in same category as the Dunnville Lions Club for the new skate park. DHS did not win but are very proud to be nominated and recognized by community and peers. Congratulations to Lions!!

2.) Four new trees have been added to Chestnut St. ( between Broad St and Queen St.) DHS noticed that during repairs to the street, curbs and sidewalks, an opportunity to address some needed streetscaping could be implemented. DHS reached out to the County for permission and Dunnville BIA to help fund and very quickly locations were marked, four ivory silk lilac were purchased, and planted. The street now as four trees on either side.

3.) DHS applied for the gift of tulips, under the Friendship Garden application. If we had been accepted, DHS would have received 750 red and white tulips from Vessey’s Bulbs. Vessey’s Bulbs, in partnership with the Canadian Garden Council, is trying to replicate the original gift of 100,000 tulips originally given to the people of Canada in appreciation for hosting the Royal family during Princess Margriet’s birth, and the successful role the Canadian Armed Forces played in liberating Holland. Because this was a national program, they tried to allocate the tulips geographically across Canada. Although the DHS didn’t get chosen, Vessy’s Bulbs sent us a free gift of 4 types of *new bulbs to use as we choose.
(Prizes for our first Pumpkin Decorating Contest)

Debbie asked everyone to have a look at please fill in the survey that had been handed out. The survey will aid the board of directors in planning, improving and ensuring a strong vibrant club.

A request was put forward for volunteers and nominations for new directors for 2016, and of our need for a recording secretary. Due to her work schedule, our current secretary Sue Mazi can’t always make 7pm meetings. A recording secretary would reduce some secretarial duties. Sandi Marr was nominated by Kim Christoff to that position, and she accepted joining board and taking on the position of recording secretarial position. Judy Jeffery and Margaret Bottrell also volunteered to join.

A reminder for volunteers to come out Sat Oct 17th at 10am for the annual DHS town-wide flower bed clean up. Dress for weather, wear gloves and meet at bridge parking lot for directions. Also the volunteers that weeded all season were thanked and given donated vouchers from McDonalds for a free meal in appreciation. DHS still has a few available donated coupons from A&W and McDonalds for the helpers on clean up day.

Thank you to the volunteers that came out to decorate the large pots up town with mums, purchased by the Dunnville BIA.

Kim Christoff briefly went over treasurer report, donations amd costs. The DHS in a good financial position due to prudent spending practices, to expanding partnerships and to a loyal generous community and DHS members. She mentioned that DHS has received quotes on having decorative pressed concrete curbing installed around the East and West Welcome signs. A date of completion has yet to be announced. The DHS is preparing grant applications, getting quotes and seeking out partnerships from Service groups to repair the old fountain in Centennial park, and to repair/update the floral clock by the bridge.

Trivia Question – thinking back on Sand Marrs talk about using things readily available in nature, the trivia question of what is a scrumper?, or scrumping?
Debbie said she apparently is one, and didn’t know it had a name.
** Answer – apparently rogue people helping themselves to readily available, accessible fruit growing along road sides, rail trails, public areas that would otherwise go to waste.

Break- Delicious refreshments, prepared and donated from Deb Zynomirski, Joan King, Denise Richardson, Bev McLean and Sandra Gill. Thank you to our kitchen volunteers Pauline Bradford and to our DSS students Brant, Michelle and Shaunesy.

During break the judging of the pumpkin decorating contest took place.
Volunteer judges were Bruce Burton, Ken Sherwood, Steve Elgersma and Rob Marr.

Our guest speaker Jeff Bokma from Vermeers was introduced, and he presented on “all you need to know about fall bulbs”.

Winners of Pumpkin decorating contest, Gloria Hunter, Marilyn Stavinga, Anna Lam and Ian Steel. Each were given a bag of Vessey’s bulbs. Categories were prettiest, scariest, funniest, most original. A success with many entries, DHS will be doing again next year?

Closing remarks from Debbie included a reminder of next months meeting on Nov 19th. This will be the DHS annual Christmas celebration pot luck. There will be NO WAYS AND MEANS, but a penny sale table instead. We’ll have a food drive, and the 4 season photo contest. Also new this year will be the Junior Gardeners award night for their gardens.

The meeting was concluded with the WAYS AND MEANS draw.

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

Oct. 2015

Happy October! Can you believe this weather? I brought my houseplants in on October 9th and that is a record. They usually stay out until mid-September. The season has been glorious so far!

September’s general meeting was incredible! We had 100 people signed in which is a record for the DHS.  We knew we were growing when we left Grace United Church and moved to the Optimist Hall but this is beyond our wildest dreams! We have 206 members which is truly amazing.  Our members are such a great group of people–all you have to do is look at the beautiful gardens in Dunnville and the attendance at the meetings each month. At this time of year when we reflect on what we are thankful for our successful club is something to be especially proud of.

Our Trillium Awards were presented to the winners. Thank you to Councillor Bernie Corbett for attending the meeting and speaking to our group.  It means a lot to know that the powers that be in Haldimand County appreciate our hard work.  The Trillium cake was delicious and the food, as usual, was too.  Pazzo’s Pizza was generous enough to donate 5 pizzas for the evening.

The Flower and Veggie show, both Junior and Adult, was held at last month’s meeting. The winners’ names will be posted at the meeting and they are listed in the minutes from the September meeting which can be found on our website.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter–your handiwork was amazing.

Sandi Marr was our guest speaker last month. She did an amazing demonstration on how to decorate for fall, using willow wreaths, tall grasses and sumac and ribbon.  I am decorating planters at work for the first time this year and I’ll be putting her tips to good use.  Our guest speaker for October’s meeting is Jeff Bokma, who spoke to our group in June. He will be talking about fall bulbs–perfect timing!  We enjoyed his talk about succulents in June and we look forward to hearing from him again.  Judy Jeffery kindly donated some beautiful mums that were raffled off.  Congratulations to the lucky winners of those flowers-they were gorgeous.  Lindy’s Flowers donated beautiful bouquets of roses which were presented to our Trillium winners.

Muddy the Mudcat has had his edging installed. We expected it to be finished by mid-September but because of rainy weather it wasn’t done until the end of the month.  It looks great! Our partnership with the Rotary Club and Landscapes by Russ with this project was a success.  Thank you to everyone involved.  It’s partnerships such as this that have allowed us to grow and become the successful horticultural society that we are today.

November’s general meeting will soon be upon us and you know what that means: FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! This meeting is our annual Pot Luck dinner and Christmas celebration.  We also have our photo contest and we will award our Junior Gardeners their flower show prizes and our Light Up Design winner, Marilyn Stavinga, her prize as well.   Her design will be on display and I can’t wait to see it when it’s constructed and displayed in town this Christmas.

This meeting is also very important because it is when we have our Installation of Officers.  An official from OHA’s District 9 will come and swear in your executive for 2016.  We are always looking for fresh faces to join our board of directors.  If you are at all interested please speak to Debbie Thomas or Deb Zynomirski.

Garden tip of the Month:  Speaking of mums, the Hamilton Fall Garden & Chrysanthemum Show is coming up.  It is held at the Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse from Friday October 23rd to Sunday, November 1st.  The displays are stunning with over 200 varieties of mums and 75,000 blooms.

For more information go to this Website:

See you at the next meeting! 

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary.

See you all in January. Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 21, 2016 here at the Optimist Hall at 7:00 p.m.