Dunnville Horticulture Society
The DHS commissioned a new Light Up design, it is located in Wingfield Park, left of the Wingfield Park monument rock.

Seasons Greetings from the Dunnville Horticultural Society

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.

Muddy The Mudcat: Never looked better.

Muddy Receives Facelift

Staff Report

Residents and tourists who drive through Dunnville might notice a change to one of the town’s iconic features.
Just in time for the holidays, Muddy the Mudcat has received a facelift.
Muddy’s creator; Mike Walker; recently made repairs to Muddy’s whiskers. He also repaired a light fixture and plans to touch up the paint when the weather improves.
The Dunnville Rotary Club and Dunnville Horticultural Society partnered to refurbish Muddy’s habitat as well.
The work was made possible through a grant that the Grand River Conservation Authority gave to the Rotary Club.
Russ Savage and his team from Landscapes by Russ donated naturalized plantings, and George Byleveld of Geoscape Curbing installed a permanent edging around the perimeter.
Gary Schumaker, one of the original Big Mudcat Committee members, presented a $1,000 donation to the horticultural society in appreciation for taking a lead role in the rehabilitation of Muddy’s habitat.
The money will be used for ongoing enhancements to the park area.
The group would like to thank all of the parties involved in the project.

Muddy The Mudcat: Never looked better.

Muddy Gets a Makeover!

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

Just in time for the holidays, Muddy the Mudcat has received a facelift!
Repairs were made to Muddy’s whisker by his creator Mike Walker. Walker also repaired a light fixture and will paint touch ups when the weather improves.

A partnership between Dunnville’s Rotary Club and the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) resulted in the refurbishment of Muddy’s habitat as well.
A grant was provided to Rotary through the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Naturalized plantings were donated and completed by Russ Savage and his team from Landscapes by Russ, and a permanent edging was formed around the perimenter by George Byleveld of Geoscape Curbing.

Gary Schumacher of the original Big Mudcat Committee subsequently presented a donation of $1000 to DHS in appreciation for taking a lead role in the rehabilitation of Muddy’s habitat, to be used for ongoing enhancements to the park area.

Muddy has never looked better and Dunnville can be proud of this iconic feature in our community.