Dunnville Horticulture Society
Spring porch pots welcome neighbours and friends to our homes. Silk forsythia adds bright springtime colour to porch pots.

Spring Porch Pots for Easter

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

Easter arrives early this year. March is a good time to transition your winter porch pots into springtime beauty. Recently, porch pots have gained popularity. Garden centers, hardware stores and even grocery stores sell beautiful porch pots for your front entrance. Why not create your own arrangement and welcome spring to your home?

Here are a few basic steps. Fill a pot with soil. If you are recycling your winter porch pot, remove the evergreens and wait until your soil thaws. Gather your spring materials. You will need a “filler” such as fresh cut boxwood and/or hardy pansies. Choose from among tree twigs, white birch branches, curly willow or red dogwood for your “thriller.” Add a touch of spring with silk forsythia branches, pussy willows, a colorful bow, or spring picks like Easter eggs. A local “Dollar Store” is my favorite place to find inexpensive, decor items. Remember to adequately water and regularly fertilize your pot if you include fresh plant material.

When creating your porch pot, step back and look at it to gain perspective. Make sure your arrangement is balanced and symmetrical. Continue to add materials until it looks full, not skimpy. Try to create a natural arrangement with movement and flow, rather than a rigid and stiff appearance. Enjoy the creative process as it is a unique expression of you.

For more creative ideas with nature’s beauty, visit a monthly program of the Dunnville Horticultural Society. Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly programs at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville. Adam Koziol, owner of “Earthgen” will our guest speaker March 17, 7-9pm. “Native Tree Plantings with Fast Results” is Adam’s topic. There is no charge and open to all.

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary.
Sandi welcomes your questions and ideas for future gardening columns.

March 2016 DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

March 2016

Our March Program evening was a great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with fresh shamrock plants on the tables and many people looking quite festive. A 2016 record of 84 people signed in. Debbie Thomas welcomed guests and members. Bill Meems, Cable 14 Access Producer, was introduced. Bill was present to interview a number of our members for upcoming promotion of DHS.
Past Program Minutes and our Treasurer’s Report were posted on the bulletin board and business updates were kept to a minimum. Updates included: Quint Night, which provided networking with other groups, Rotary Club Luncheon highlighting revitalization projects in Dunnville. Ontario Volunteer Service Awards to be presented to: Janice Croft, Doris Thomson, and Karen Waltham for 30 continuous years of service with DHS on March 31, Vittoria & District Community Center. OHA or DHS awards/pins are for continuous service to be eligible so it is very important to keep memberships up to date. Please let the Executive know if you think you are eligible.
Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting: Steve Elgersma was nominated as “Citizen of the Year” along with 2 others. Winner was Dr. Kazemi. Upcoming: Lions Home & Garden Show, April 15/16 will be a great membership recruitment time.
Volunteers are welcomed for 2 hour periods. Trillium Awards will not happen this year as we will take a one year break to re-evaluate and rethink boundaries. We are pleased to announce a DHS Garden Show for members on July 10, 10am-4pm. Opportunity will be provided by 8 of our own members to visit their beautiful gardens. Once again, a bus wineries/horticulture trip is planned for Aug. 13, $50/person with 36 seats available.
Deb Zynomirski is heading up the bus trip. Dunnville Farmers Market Redevelopment dinner & auction is on April 8, $20/person. Sign up sheets available for upcoming events or speak to Debbie Thomas for more information.
Tonight’s trivia question from last month’s guest speaker, Theresa Forte, was shared:
“What are the 3 things needed by bees, butterflies and birds?” Pauline Bradford answered correctly: “Food, Water, Shelter” and won a St. Patrick’s tea towel.
Breaktime was announced with delicious refreshments graciously provided by: Margaret Bottrell., Denise Richardson., Wray & Bev McLean., Rob and Sandi Marr.
Our program resumed and local guest speaker, Adam Koziol, President of EarthGen International Incorporated and his daughter, Meghan Koziol were introduced. Everyone enjoyed a very engaging and informative presentation about “Native Tree Plantings for Fast Results.” Adam has developed a unique way of encouraging greater root development, resulting in 3 to 5 times faster tree growth than other methods. He is also successfully growing trees which are endangered in this area. He talked about hazelnut trees as a valuable and much needed commodity. A time for questions and answers followed his presentation. Adam generously donated one of his trees to DHS and welcomed us to visit his tree farm at any time.
Numbers were drawn from the sign-in sheet and 8 shamrock plants were won by Catherine Baird, Stan Cairns, John Cruickshank, Jan Loots, Roy Marr, Cheryl Brown, Mary Vanhussen, Glen Love. Ways & Means Draw winners were announced and everyone was invited to return on April 21 to hear guest, Karen Richardson, Curator at Haldimand County Museum and Archives, speak on “Early Kitchen Gardens.”
Program adjourned: 8:36pm.

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

March 2016

Happy Spring!!!!! It’s almost here! The days are finally getting longer. I can drive to work and home again in the daylight. I love this time of year: we can finally burst out of our cocoons of forced-air heated homes and bulky, scratchy winter clothes and get ready to take in the sunshine and….wait a minute. I think I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s still March and I’m sure we’ll get more snow. Maybe it’s best not to put our winter clothes away just yet. After all, last month Wiarton Willie said 6 more weeks of winter. But it won’t be long until we can get out and start digging!

Our spring and summer events are coming fast. First on the agenda will be the Lions’ Home & Garden show in April at the Dunnville Memorial Arena. It’s a two day event, Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th. Please plan on helping out with a shift or two manning the booth. Last year we had a great time with our membership drive and demonstrations and I’m sure there’s more of the same planned for this year.

Our Trillium Awards committee is taking a break this year. The awards are an integral part of our society and we’ve decided that maybe it’s time to take a long hard look at the rules and regulations and see if there is room for some changes. We will keep you posted if and when any changes are made and the awards will definitely be back, better than ever, in 2017! So while the awards are on hiatus we will be have a day of “members only” garden tours. We have numerous members offering up their gorgeous gardens for viewing. Mark your calendars: the date is Sunday, July 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m.

Each year the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade accepts nominations for Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. Recipients are recognized for continuous years of service as volunteers in their communities and this year the DHS has nominated Karen Waltham, Doris Thomson and Janice Croft who each have 30+ years. All three ladies are life members: Karen and Janice have both served as President and Doris has served as Secretary and Treasurer. The awards will be presented in a special ceremony at the Vittoria and District Community Centre on March 31st with our President and Vice-President attending. There will be many special ceremonies held across Ontario where recipients are presented with a stylized trillium service pin and a personalized certificate acknowledging their years of service. Congratulations, ladies, on your nominations and thank you for your many years of hard work and dedication with the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

Speaking of volunteer awards, our very own Steve Elgersma has been nominated by the DHS for the Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Citizen of the Year award for volunteering in Dunnville. I do believe that Steve logs the most volunteer hours (non-executive) for our society well as volunteering for other organizations in town. At almost any given time you will see him in the town flowerbeds weeding and cleaning up. Thank you, Steve, for your tireless efforts. Many services in our area rely on volunteers and Dunnville is very lucky to have someone like you.

Our guest speaker last month was Theresa Forte. She talked to our group about naturalizing our gardens to attract butterflies, bees and birds. She showed many beautiful photographs that she had taken and generously donated a matted photograph for a door prize. Thank you, Theresa for your wonderful demonstration.

This month our guest speaker will be Adam Koziol from Earthgen, in Dunnville. His topic will be “Native Tree Plantings with Fast Results”. Earthgen is an innovative grower of native trees located just outside of town with new methods of propagating and growing for environmentally sound and fast results. I really have no idea how to explain it so be sure to come and listen to Adam on Thursday.  This should prove to be a very informative evening.

Don’t forget that this upcoming get-together is on St. Patrick’s Day so don’t be surprised to see some leprechauns greeting you at the door!
See you then!


Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding 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

Spider plants purify our air.

Winter Outdoors. Spring Indoors.

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

Even though it might feel like winter outdoors, spring can arrive early inside our homes. Indoor houseplants and fresh flowers add bursts of life, colour and beauty throughout the long winter months. Green houseplants and fragrant flowers remind us spring is just around the corner.

Sometimes we forget just how beneficial plants are to our health and well-being. Plants bring the outdoors to our indoor living spaces. Plants not only brighten a nook or cranny but they also purify the air we breathe. They create a more relaxing, restful feeling to whatever room they grace.

What is your favourite indoor plant? How many of these top 10 purifying plants are keeping you healthy and happy during this season of winter waiting? Aloe Vera, English Ivy, Rubber Tree, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Bamboo Palm, Philodendron, Red-Edged Dracaena, Spider Plant, and Golden Pothos.

Remember to care for your indoor plants with proper watering and lighting. Place your finger into the soil. If it feels dry, it will benefit from a drink but don’t overwater. Adequate lighting is also important, so be sure to place them where they will flourish. Plants, like people, will benefit from water and light.

While we are waiting for spring to arrive, feel free to attend a program of the Dunnville Horticultural Society. We are eager to hear Adam Koziol, owner of Earthgen, speaking on “Native Tree Plantings with Fast Results.”
Everyone is welcome on March 17 from 7-9pm at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville. There is no charge. Come enjoy an inspiring evening including refreshments and fun recycled garden give-aways.

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary.
Sandi welcomes your questions and ideas for future gardening columns.

Horticultural Society Update

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

DUNNVILLE—The Dunnville Horticultural Society’s March program had 84 in attendance decked out in green for a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Eight potted shamrocks were given out as door prizes donated from Food Basics. Guest speaker was Adam Koziol, owner/grower of Earthgen. His topic: Native Tree Planting with Fast Results. His proven, from seed, bare-root technique involves the removal of the taproot, which encourages growth of fibre roots that spread out rather than one root growing deeply in growing containers. Results include less transplant shock and a more vigorously growing tree. Adam donated a Cherry Birch tree to DHS, known as “the fountain of youth” because absolutely every part is edible and safe for consumption. The monthly trivia question was: “What three things are required to attract and keep happy bees, birds and butterflies in our gardens?” Pauline Bradford answered it correctly: “Water, food and shelter.”

A highlight of the evening was the announcement that Janice Croft, Doris Thomson and Karen Waltham will receive the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for having 30-plus years continuous service with DHS, each having held board positions over the years. This is a good reason and reminder to anyone who has yet to renew their membership as DHS can also recognize members with Ontario Horticultural Society service pins based on continuous service.

Next monthly program is April 21, 7 p.m. at the Optimist Club on the corner of Main and Cedar streets with guest speaker Karen Richardson, Curator of Haldimand County Museums and Archives, presenting on Early Kitchen Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome. DHS would like to remind everyone that April 22 is Earth day and we encourage you to take part in some way. Plant something, do yard clean up, take a walk along your street or road side and pick up debris that accumulated over the winter.

For more information call 905-774-3064 or visit haldimandpress.com and click on Important Links.