Dunnville Horticulture Society

June 2016 DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sandi Marr, DHS Recording Secretary

June 2016

Debbie Thomas extended a warm welcome to a hearty crowd of 98 people—both regular attendees and guests.

Business was kept to a minimum with the following reports/updates:
Treasurer’s Report: 244 memberships sold prior to June’s program. We continue to experience good financial status with thanks to everyone including our partnerships with service/community groups.

Town Planting Day, May 28: thanks to 25 adults and 10 Jr. Gardeners who planted over 200 trays of annuals and 46 grasses in a record of 3 hours. 55 McDonalds coupons were dispersed, 35 given out on Planting Day and remainder to summer weeding volunteers. Thanks to McDonald’s Head Office for this donation.

Blooms & Bubbly Garden Tour: thanks to Beth Powell and Ken Sherwood for their kind donation of 2 tickets which were drawn by guest, Frank Kershaw later in our program from our sign-in sheet and awarded to Marie Bak and Ted Mulder.

Centennial Park Fountain: our partnership with Dunnville Christian School (DCS) continues to be strong with students raising $1000 thus far.

Members Only Garden Tour, July 10, 10am-4pm: directions and details are available to members’ homes showcasing 8 beautiful gardens. Please wear comfortable shoes. Ian S. will put information on DHS website. Kim C. will email members garden locations and directions for tour.

Haldimand Motors Great Tricycle Race, Fri. Sept. 9, 5:00 – 10:00 pm, confirmed participation for 2016. Western theme. DHS will receive $600 for participating with float/race. Any age for float, but must be 18 yrs. to ride trike. Anyone interested in helping may talk to Debbie T. or Deb Z.

DHS will be making a $100 donation to “Highway of Heros Planting Project” along the 401 to honor fallen heros. OHS will match donations up to $2500.

Haldimand County is doing an online survey on Haldimand’s Tree Canopy Strategy (a plan to be put into budgets). Everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas before June 23.

Thank you letter from Thompson Creek Community Garden for our donation of plants. Several DHS members help with this. $10 to rent your own garden plot.

Thanks and recognition of Brant Richardson and Michelle Zynomirski, our high school volunteers for their excellent contribution to DHS. Both exceeded their 40 hours. They will enjoy a gift certificate compliments of Sub Venture and Super Video.

Thanks and recognition of Russ Savage for his generous landscape contributions. Last year he refurbished Muddy; this year he provided design, labour, and materials for the East and West sign gardens. Russ and his wife were presented with 2 tickets to the bus trip, Aug. 13.

Summer Horticultural and Winery Bus Tour, Aug. 13. Now sold out!

Thanks to snack volunteers: Pauline Bradford, Gloria Hunter, Pamela Blanchard, Carol Mulder, Marie Bak, Deb Zynomirski. More volunteers are needed for Sept. and Oct. Please contact Gloria Hunter by email or phone if you can help out.

Refreshment Break: was announced with time for ticket purchases.

7:40pm Call back and introduction of our guest speaker, Frank Kershaw, “Recyled and Repurposed Garden Art.” Frank is an avid photographer, writer, professor of Garden Design, member of TBG, and sought-after speaker. Frank shared many interesting photos of garden art with an interesting commentary that inspired all of us to recycle and repurpose. He also donated plants for those who were interested. Please check out his gardening newsletter on this topic at: http://www.leevalley.com/en/newsletters/Gardening/8/6/newsletter.htm

Debbie Thomas thanked Frank K. Pauline B. announced the following winners of our Flower and Vegetable Show: JR. GARDENERS small planted containers-Alicia Stavinga (1), Attika Schaffner (2); a face in flowers-Alicia Stavinga (1), Attika Schaffner (2); A bouqet of flowers- Emi Sullivan (1), Attika Schaffner (2), Alicia Stavinga (3). ADULTS thing of beauty-Sandi Marr (1) Margaret Bottrell (2), Marilyn Stavinga (3); Tasty Treat- Pauline Bradford (1), Sandi Marr (2), Margaret Bottrell (3); Lets Go Wild- largest hat Sandi Marr, Prettiest hat Marilyn Stavinga, Silliest hat Gwen VanNatter. Special thanks to our judges: Joan King, Mary Fretz, Denise Richardson.

Ways & Means winners were announced and everyone was dismissed with a special thanks to all who made this evening possible.

Leanne Vanderheide creates a fairy garden at the "Lions Spring Home, Garden and Craft Show"

Gardening with your Kids and Grandkids

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

My dad was given his own garden plot when he was 4 years old. At 83 years, dad continues to find meaning and purpose through gardening. Some of my most peaceful childhood memories include taking walks in nature. Plants and animals intrigued me.

At an early age, children can learn to garden and enjoy nature’s beauty. Some children show a strong inclination and passion for the natural world. Children have many different learning styles. “Naturalist” is a recognized learning style in Multiple Intelligence Research. These children have the ability to discriminate among living things, as well as a sensitivity to nature.

Gardening is a beneficial activity to do with children. They can plant seeds and care for them. Growing a garden encourages children to eat healthier. Children learn where their food comes from. If they are involved in growing their own veggies they are more likely to eat them. Gardening teaches virtues like patience and delayed gratification. Gardening gives children a sense of accomplishment. Math, science, and literacy are part of gardening.

Did you know the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) offers a “Junior Gardeners” program? Children ages 6-14 years come together to learn about gardening and begin gardening with their families. At the end of the summer, they create a scarecrow and awards are given out at our Annual November Potluck Dinner. Call Judy Jeffery (905) 701-4656 or Margaret Bottrell (289) 683-8850 if you have kids or grandkids who might be interested in joining.

For the “young at heart” but “mature in years” we offer monthly programs which are free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike. DHS people are fun and friendly folks willing to share their gardening knowledge, secrets, and even blunders. On Thursday, June 16 guest Frank Kershaw from Etobicoke, will be speaking on “Recycled and Repurposed Garden Art” at the Optimist Hall from 7-9pm. Frank is a sought after speaker and member of many garden clubs.

“We’re the best kept secret around.” says Keith Bak, a great supporter and member of DHS.

Debbie Thomas, President (905) 774-3064 & Deb Zynomirski, Vice President (905) 774-8453 are always eager to hear from you.

Our beautiful plants are only as healthy as the dirt they call home.

Get Into The Dirt

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary

There are so many benefits of “getting dirty” by gardening. Did you know….dirt builds our immune system? Gardening also lowers our blood pressure, lifts our spirits, and gives us a better night’s rest. When we grow our own fruit and vegetables, we know where our food comes from. Gardening keeps our minds and bodies active. A well landscaped home increases its value. Finally, gardening connects us with other people. Gardeners are some of the nicest people I know.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) offers monthly meetings (Sept.-June), free and open to everyone, for members and non-members alike. Join us at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville from 7-9pm on Thursday, June 16. Guest Frank Kershaw from Etobicoke is speaking on “Recycled and Repurposed Garden Art.” An award-winning horticulturist with more than 40 years experience in parks, environmental, and horticultural fields, Frank teaches, appears in garden magazines and TV shows. Frank is constantly researching new plant and design topics.

The DHS doesn’t meet in July and August but we do offer two amazing events: Sunday, July 10, 10 am -4 pm “Garden Tours” for DHS members. Free, self-directed tours of 8 members’ gardens set in beautiful Haldimand County will be available. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the lovely gardens. Beverages will be provided. If you aren’t a member, you can buy a membership at the first garden for $10/single or $15 couple.

“Botanical Gardens and Winery Tour” on Saturday, August 13, 9 am -3 pm for DHS members. Cost is $50/person and tickets are available from Deb Zynomirski, Vice President at (905) 774-8453. Non-members are welcome with a membership. A coach and driver from Attridge Transportation will to take us to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, then on a tour of three distinguished wineries of the region: Reif Estate Winery, Southbrook Vineyards and Konzelmann Estate Winery.

For more information about any of these events, call Debbie Thomas, President at (905) 774-3064.

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

DHS Newsletter

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary

June 2016

Happy Summer! Finally! We’ve been waiting so long for the warm weather. The temperature has been somewhat inconsistent but it beats winter! I am enjoying watching my perennials flowering and like any gardener I keep digging them up and moving them around. Perennial gardens are always a work in progress.

The plant sale on May 14th was a huge success (no surprise there)! Thank you so much to everyone who donated plants and to everyone who helped accepting and sorting them on Friday night, and of course to everyone who helped on Saturday with the sale. The weather wasn’t very co-operative, but despite the rain we had a great turn-out of volunteers and shoppers. We raised $1918.00 and signed up 17 junior gardeners!

Planting day on May 28th was a resounding success, largely in part from President Debbie Thomas’s hard work organizing things and doing a lot of preparatory work along with Steve Elgersma, and George & Shirley Hoto. Mother Nature was on board, too, and she made it a beautiful sunny day. Thank you so much to the 25 adult volunteers who came out to plant the beds in town and the 10 junior gardeners who came out to plant the bed at the Floral Clock. Planting was finished early and the flowerbeds look awesome!! Konkle’s Greenhouses kindly donated 250 trays of annuals and 64 grasses this year. They have teamed with us for many years now-we don’t know what we’d do without them. Prior to planting day DHS also planted numerous perennials in the town beds in an ongoing effort to have sustainable plants that are resilient and drought tolerant. Russ Savage of Landscapes with Russ has revamped our East & West Dunnville signs with new perennials, donating all the material and labour, and in partnering with the Rotary Club we were able to get George Byleveld to install the beautiful concrete edging around these beds. Thank you, also, to Egger Truck & Machine for taking care of the watering. Each year the town looks better and better during the summer. You may have already noticed that there are many more flower pots on display downtown thanks to the BIA who has been working closely with the DHS for the past few years to dress up the downtown core. Everything has come together beautifully.

At our upcoming program we will be holding a spring flower show. The Fall Flower & Veggie show has been a big hit the past 2 years so this year we are having 2 shows: June and October. There are divisions for both junior gardeners and adults. Our members are so talented at putting together creative and beautiful arrangements. Our speaker that evening will be Frank Kershaw from the Toronto Botanical Gardens. He’ll be talking to our group about “Recycled and Repurposed Garden Art”.

Make sure to mark Sunday, July 10th on your calendar for our members’ only garden tours. So far there are 8 gardens confirmed. This is to be a self-guided tour. You can start and end where you like. Gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Each home will have a sitting area but unfortunately washroom facilities will not be available nor food or refreshments. Please keep this in mind when you are planning your day. An updated list of gardens with addresses and directions will be available at the program on June 16th. More information will be on our website and you can also contact President Debbie Thomas at 905-774-3064.

The next thing on the agenda for the summer is our bus tour to Niagara on Saturday, August 13th. Deb Zynomirski has arranged a coach and driver to take us to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, then on a tour of three distinguished wineries of the region: Reif Estate Winery, Southbrook Vineyards, and Konzelmann Estate Winery. Tickets are $50 per person and we’ll be leaving Dunnville at 9:00 am and returning late afternoon. Ticket prices do not include meals, but food and drink will be available at a reasonable cost. Bringing a ‘brown bag’ lunch is another option. Tickets are going fast-get yours before it’s too late. Please call Deb at 416- 566- 9337. It should prove to be a great day!

Since most people are busy with family activities and vacations during the summer there’ll be no monthly program at the Optimist Hall in July or August. Our next monthly program will be on Thursday, September 15th. As the weather heats up remember to take it easy, don’t get too hot working out in your gardens, and most of all take the time to sit back and really enjoy the fruits of your labour: our gardens are a great source of mental and physical therapy as well as a great source of pride. See you at the upcoming program!

Sue Mazi, DHS Corresponding Secretary.

Essential advice for the Gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbour, and always make thyme for loved ones.
~ Author Unknown