Debbie Thomas, President
DHS Gearing up for a Busy Year!
Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) resumed their regular program nights on January 19th, with a January record number of members attending. Everyone enjoyed a Q&A panel of “Master Gardeners” from our very own member gardeners who fearlessly tackled any question thrown at them.
Thanks to Lester Fretz, Marlene Link, and host, Deb Zynomirski. It proved to be enlightening, fun, and often hilarious. DHS next program is Thursday, February 16th with Hannah Jacobs from Matchbox Garden and Seed Company. She will be presenting on Heirloom seeds, open pollination and vegetable boxes.
The topic is timely as it corresponds with DHS annual free seed exchange.
February’s program is also the date of the early bird membership draw. Memberships can be purchased that night to qualify.
To attend DHS programs a membership is not a requirement. All programs are open. Doors open 6:30pm, program starts promptly at 7pm and conclude by 8:45pm. We meet at the Optimist Hall in Dunnville.
DHS is tackling its biggest project ever, in partnership with Haldimand County and Dunnville Christian School. To be completed this year is the restoration of the Centennial Fountain located in Centennial Park. The restoration includes repairs to uprights, the restoration of the frieze panels, and the planting of a living wall which will replace the original water feature.The lagoon area of the original fountain will become 4 separate, beautifully planted gardens. Plans also include revitalization of the existing butterfly garden in front of Muddy along Hwy 3 and a naturalized pollinator garden. Haldimand County will be reworking the current paths in the park.
Fundraising will be ongoing and DHS welcomes donations. Anyone wishing to contribute to the project may contact President Debbie Thomas (905) 774-3064 or email debbie.j.thomas@ gmail.com. Tax receipts over $25 are issued as DHS is a registered charity.
Join us on April 29th for a Kick-Off as work commences. This event is open to the public to preview the ongoing restoration and to meet and greet the volunteers. Our Re-dedication Ceremony Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd with more details to come.
-submitted by Debbie Thomas, DHS President