Debbie Thomas, DHS President
The Dunnville Horticultural Society promotes the development of the natural resources of our community and has proven extremely successful in partnering with businesses, service clubs and the public to beautify our town of Dunnville. Enhancing downtown and the parks, adding charm and appeal, promoting tourism to enjoy the culture, blends of arts, fine dining entertainment and shopping local.
DHS has put all the town flower-beds to bed for winter and completed their last activity for 2015. Twelve volunteers came out to decorate the fountain planters and large pots up-town, just in time for Dunnville COC’s light up. Greenery was donated from Song Bird Christmas Tree Farm on Inman Road, and the Dunnville BIA installed the big red bows.
DHS has had an amazing year, membership grew to 206. Town beds looked amazing, thanks to the many loyal dedicated volunteers that planted and weeded all season, to Konkle Greenhouses for their generous donations of all the annuals making the colorful display possible, to Roger Egger from Egger Truck and Machine for keeping all the beds and pots watered, and to the BIA, COC and Haldimand County for on-going support. DHS coordinates and cares for all planters and over 30 public flower-beds in Dunnville.
DHS is also very proud of relationships and partnerships being formed within the service community. Dunnville Lions Club, their Home and Garden Show was instrumental in our membership drive and exposure. Dunnville Rotary Club partnered with DHS to rehabilitate and enhance Muddy’s home. Optimist Club providing a permanent home for meetings and programs.
Through very generous member, public and business donations it enabled DHS to take on projects that couldn’t have otherwise been considered. DHS held a design contest amongst its membership for a Light Up display in Wingfield Park, Marilyn Stavinga’s winning design is now on display and fittingly located beside the Wingfield Park monument depicting Dunnville’s first DHS President. Thank you to Vic Powell and John Hart Sr for all their help.
DHS has big plans for 2016 and on, we are hoping to address the clock by the bridge, the old fountain in Centennial Park, and we are actively participating in plans for the water front park on the old arena lands. Ten more large flower pots in the town core are being purchased by the BIA, and we are hoping to expand our summer Junior Gardeners program.
DHS would like to invite the public to their monthly program held the third Thursday monthly, beginning again Jan 21 2016 at the Optimist Hall 7pm. Quality speakers, relevant topics.