Dunnville Horticulture Society

Centennial Fountain Will Be Fabulous At 50

Jillian Zynomirski

The Haldimand Press- By Jillian Zynomirski

DUNNVILLE—The story of Dunnville’s Centennial Fountain is coming full circle. Thanks to the grade 3 and 4 class at Dunnville Christian School (DCS), Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) recently learned the history of the fountain and learned who sculpted the panels on the fountain’s columns.

The fountain was installed in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday and its restoration will take place in 2017, 50 years later, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

“We knew the columns were something special that should be preserved but we didn’t

know the true significance of the art, the artist or full history of the fountain until this past spring,” said DHS President Debbie Thomas. “The children’s research was very thoroughly done. History of friezes, the importance to Dunnville’s history, the artist Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook and how it was funded in 1967.”

Shortly after learning about the fountain’s history, Thomas read an article on the restoration of Holbrook’s sculptures in Hamilton. The work was being done by her one and only protégé, Christian Corbet.

“(Holbrook) was Canada’s leading woman in portrait sculpture at the time. She was the crème de la crème in portrait sculptors in Canada,” Corbet told The Press, adding that she sculpted everyone from Einstein to Churchill to Roosevelt.

Holbrook passed away in 2009 at the age of 95.

“I’m the only person who she took under her wing,” he said.

Corbet has agreed to come to Dunnville for two weeks in mid-May to restore Holbrook’s original work on the fountain.

“It was probably the most monumental of them all,” said Corbet of Holbrook’s sculpture work on the Dunnville fountain.

Corbet will come to Dunnville in mid-May to restore the artwork to its original pristine condition.

“He was very excited to hear of (the Centennial Fountain) project and to be a part of it,” said Thomas.

Holbrook hopes to not only restore Holbrook’s work to its original pristine, but also hopes to educate and inform the community on Holbrook’s legacy and on the discipline of sculpture in Canada.

“We want to be able to reach out to everybody in the community,” said Corbet. “We believe a lot of people don’t know the history of this memorial from 1967. This year is Canada’s 150th so this marks the 50-year anniversary of the sculpture and fountain itself so it will be a good eye-opener.”

DHS has been wanting to clean up and restore the fountain for some time, initially only wanting to clean up the flowerbeds. After forming partnerships with DCS and Haldimand County, DHS is now working on their biggest project yet.

Project plans include restoring Holbrook’s sculpture work on the side of the fountain, which depict Dunnville’s history, and installing a living wall where the water flow once was. Though the fountain could be restored, it would be costly and prohibitive.

DHS also hopes to install lighting, restore the pollinator garden in front of Muddy (located in the same park), install memorial benches and have two storyboards, one telling the story of the fountain’s past and one for the dedication.

Red and white tulips have already been planted at the base of the fountain by DCS students.

The project budget is $29,620 and Haldimand County’s Community Partnership Program will contribute 35 per cent, or $10,367. DHS also applied for federal funding through Canada 150 but are still waiting to hear back.

Students at DCS have already raised over $1,000 on their own. DHS is also fundraising.

The project will be complete next year and the rededication is planned for Sept. 23.

Contingent on funding, DHS hopes to continue the project into phase and make the bridge across Thompson Creek accessible and install a pathway that links Centennial and Lions Park.


Beating the January Blahs

Sandi Marr, DHS Secretary

How do you beat the January blahs? Relaxing on a warm, sandy beach with palm trees is one way some of us make it through Canadian winters. Gardeners escape in other ways!

Seed catalogues become readily available. Gardeners enjoy pouring through new catalogues to learn about the latest seeds. Ordering new seeds as they make plans for summer gardening is a favourite gardener’s winter pastime.

Winter is also a good time to give extra care to indoor houseplants. Clean them with a damp cloth. Dust on the foliage can clog the leaf pores. Treat them to a quick shower in your bathtub. Always use room temperature water. Houseplants benefit from regular fertilizing of half strength. Provide sufficient humidity by setting plants on a tray filled with moistened pebbles or by simply setting a cup of water nearby.

Some of us grow or receive amaryllis plants over Christmas and early January. When these plants are done blooming, remove the spent flowers. Set the plant in a bright sunny window to allow the leaves to fully develop. Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize occasionally.

When the weather turns icy, choose sand, bird seed, sawdust or vermiculite to place on icy paths. Avoid salt or ice melters which may injure plants.

Winter is a time to get our garden tools ready for spring. Sharpen and oil tools such as shovels, shears, and mowers. Power tools such as weed eaters and power mowers may benefit from a good tune-up. Now is a good time to give your tools attention.

If you have a wood stove, save your fireplace ashes. They can be used in spring as an excellent fertilizer for your irises, roses, and lilacs. Excess ashes may also be sprinkled on your lawn at any time for a lush, green lawn.

Winter is also a good time to come out to a monthly program night of the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS). Meetings are free and open to everyone. You will find us to be a friendly group of novice and experienced gardeners. We gather at the Dunnville Optimist Hall every third Thursday of the month 7-9 p.m. Our monthly programs include a motivating speaker, updates on what DHS is up to in Dunnville, repurposed door “prizes” and refreshments. Membership is available at $10/person or $15 couple. Check our website www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org for a complete list of “Membership Benefits”.

On the agenda for Feb. 16 is “Heirloom Seeds, Open Pollination & Veggie Boxes” with Hanna Jacobs, Matchbox Garden & Seed Company, Caledonia. Matchbox Garden & Seed Co. is a small farm and seed company started as an urban backyard garden in downtown Toronto. Matchbox now produces over 120 varieties of open pollinated, heirloom and rare vegetables, herbs, flowers, seed and seedlings. You won’t want to miss this and maybe even pick up a few new seeds.

Without a doubt, every gardener is eager for spring to arrive. Winter is our season of waiting. It is a necessary time in the circle of life before we plant and harvest. Winter is a time to rest, reflect and plan for our next gardening chapter.

For more information, call Debbie Thomas, President (905) 774-3064.

Jan. 2017 DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

Sandi Marr, DHS Recording Secretary

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A January record attendance of 51 people signed in to kick-off our first monthly program of 2017. Deb Zynomirski, Vice-President extended a warm welcome to everyone on behalf of President Debbie Thomas, vacationing in Cuba. Appreciation was expressed to our 2017 Board of Directors working behind the scenes to make this evening happen and create an atmosphere of welcome.

Deb Z. conducted a brief business meeting providing helpful updates on important DHS activities:
Our Treasurer’s Report is posted on the back bulletin board. Monthly Program Minutes are printed on agendas and on the back bulletin board.
Memberships are on sale tonight. Ways and Means tickets are available before 7pm and at breaktime.

Our NEW 2017 brochure was highlighted. We have an exciting year ahead with some of the best speakers, yet! Our plant drop off and sale will be held at 111 Broad St. rather than our Optimist Hall parking lot. Our Seed Exchange will take place in February instead of October. We are excited to partner with Dunnville Christian School (DCS) and Haldimand County (HC) for the Centennial Fountain Rehabilitation with kick-off activities April 29 and Rededication September 23. Our website www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org provides additional information and updates.

Moving forward, four refreshment volunteers are needed for each month. Speak to Deb Z. or sign the snack volunteers book in the kitchen. Thanks to Wray and Bev McLean for serving in the kitchen and to those who bring delicious snacks for everyone to enjoy.

Market Redevelopment Fundraiser, Feb. 17 at Lifespan Centre. This evening includes dinner, auctions, and good fellowship. Those DHS members who have attended in the past highly recommend this event. Tickets: $25 from J. Richardson (905) 975-9538 or buyfresh.dfm@gmail.com

Centennial Fountain Project update was shared. We are excited to see the rehabilitation of this fountain especially the restorative work contracted with Mr. Christian Corbet on the friezes originally designed by renowed artist, Elizabeth Holbrook.

Light Up Display details were discussed with Chamber of Commerce. Our new location puts us in an excellent location with the new market building and the new waterfront greenspace and park.

4-H Garden Club partnership is developing with DHS. We look forward to bringing more children into our Junior Gardeners’ program as we partner with 4-H. This has positive potential for everyone involved. Insurance issues have been discussed and are covered.

A 10 minute break was announced with time to purchase 2017 memberships for the Early Bird draw next month. 32 memberships were purchased in total tonight, another new January record.

Delicious refreshments were generously provided for all to enjoy by Steve and Jenny Elgersma, Ellen Guenther, Mary and Lester Fretz
Darlene Bucsis and Barbara Whyte. Our snacks are an important part of our monthly program night. Thank you, volunteers.

Our well-seasoned gardening panel guests, Marlene Link and Lester Fretz, “Gardening Q&A 2017” were introduced. As always, the panel discussion and audience conversation was entertaining and most informative covering a broad range of topics including: cotton briefs, composting, wind turbines, dealing with moles & chinch bugs, lawn care, growing larger tomatoes, using chicken manure, rose care and propagation, starting plants from seeds, bone meal vrs. epsom salts, getting elderberry trees to produce fruit, and organic gardening principles. We are blessed with our wealth of gardening knowledge and experience in DHS. Thanks to those who participated and to Deb Z, who served as our dynamic host.

Guests were thanked and everyone was invited to return for our February 16 seed exchange, Early Bird Draw and program, “Heirloom Seeds, Open Pollination, and Vegetable Boxes” with guest speaker Hanna Jacobs, Matchbox Garden and Seed Company, Caledonia. She will present and powerpoint about her journey with seeds and bring seeds to sell to those who are interested. Her website is: www.matchboxgarden.ca

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Ways & Means winners were called. Thanks to Betty Balanger and Gwen VanNatter for organizing these recycled treasures and for donations. $53.35 was raised. Thanks to everyone who attended, helped out, and contributed to our Kitchen tips $34.80.

Sandi Marr, DHS Secretary



After Christmas Poinsettia Care

Sandi Marr, DHS Secretary

We all love beautiful poinsettias at Christmas. But sometimes we wonder what to do with them in January. Place your poinsettia in a nice, warm, sunny window, free of drafts. Give it at least 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day. If possible, keep daytime temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees F/18 and 21 C and slightly cooler at night, around 60 F/15 C.

Continue your normal watering routine until spring, then allow it to dry gradually. Around the middle of April or May, or if your plant becomes leggy, cut the stems back to about 4 inches above the soil and repot in a larger container with fresh, sterile potting mix. You can remove any faded or dried parts of the plant anytime. Water thoroughly and then put the plant back in a sunny window

Water again when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. After new growth begins, feed your poinsettia every couple weeks with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer. In early summer, when nighttime temperatures remain above 50 F/10 C, move the plant outdoors (in its pot) in a slightly shady location. Gradually, allow the plant to get more light until finally giving it full sun. Continue watering and fertilizing the plant as usual.

Trim again as needed in summer, pinching about an inch of terminal growth from each stem. Give it another pruning towards the first part of September. Trim off two to three inches to promote side branching, allowing 3 or 4 leaves to remain on each shoot.

Bring the plant indoors when outdoor temperatures reach 55-60 F/12-15 C. Place it in a sunny window and maintain similar indoor temperatures as before (65 to 70 F/18 to 21 C.). Continue watering and fertilizing. From the beginning of October until the end of November, give it 12-14 hours of darkness daily. Place it in a closet or cover with a large box every evening and then return the plant to its sunny window during the day for at least six hours. Reduce water and fertilizer. By Christmas, your blooming poinsettia, will be the centerpiece of holiday decor and ready to begin the cycle anew.

For more gardening hints and information, visit our website at: www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org.

Our very popular Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Monthly Programs resume on January, 19, 2017, 7-9pm, at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville. Join us for “Gardening Questions, Answers and Tips” with our own Master Gardeners and host, Deb Zynomirski. This evening is a favourite. Bring your questions, gardening challenges and horticultural dilemmas. Our evenings are free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike.