Dunnville Horticulture Society

October Program Night 2019

DHS Program Night October 17/19 Minutes by Ellen Guenther

Arriving Early birds received gift bags left over from the Fall forum. ☺

Kim C welcomed everyone . Deb Z and Debbie T are attending the Haldimand County Recognition night tonight. DHS is nominated in the category of Community Project under $10,00 for the revitalization of the Floral Clock, and the Heritage award for the Heritage tree in Thompson Creek. Our youth volunteer – Shawnasy Thomas is up for youth volunteer. Good luck for these awards.
Kim also encouraged everyone to go out and see the Floral Clock if they have not already seen it.

A DHS bursary ($500) was given to Kelly Ruigrok at the DSS Commencement ceremony on Oct 11.

The District 9 Fall forum was held Sept 27. The hall looked stunning ! Thanks Marilyn,…and all the volunteers. Also thanks to all that donated baked goods, assisted with set-up/take down, and members that attended. Debbie Thomas received the District 9 service award.

Congratulations to all involved in the Thompson Creek project. A very successful Grand Opening was held Sept 25. 600-800 school children and many members of the public walked the site. Thompson Creek Elementary, Dunnville Christian School and Dunnville High School competed and won a 3-way tie for the School challenge- each school will have a Carolinian tree planted on their school grounds. A big shout out to Debbie Thomas and Dan McKay who co-chaired the project. Also thanks to Richard Egger for driving the people mover provided by Egger truck and Machine.

DHS annual flower bed clean up is this Saturday (Oct19) starting at 9 AM. Please meet at the bridge parking lot. We will be pulling all the annuals. Mike Lessard from Jeff’s Outdoor will be on hand again this year with his large landscape trailer to load and take away all plant material. Dress for the weather, wear gloves and bring any appropriate tools if you have any. The more volunteers the better – usually takes 2 hours .

Also on Saturday- Linda Maggio has offered Siberian Iris’s from her garden- If you would like some, see Kim for her phone number.

DHS Board elections for 2020 are next month. Please consider joining the board! Ask current board members if you have any questions about what is involved.

Next month is our Pot Luck – AGM meeting and election. Arrive early 6 pm. Bring your own serving dishes and cutlery for the food – Plates and cutlery for eating will be provided by the hall. Photo Contest- 4X6 photos , Categories- 4 seasons, 1 entry per person per category. Note**** Horticultural Theme please –no birds/animals etc. Remember to bring food for the Food Drive, and cash for the Penny Sale! There will also be Member Length of Service Awards
Any ideas for a speaker- call Deb Z. Our scheduled speaker could not attend. Refreshment volunteers for January- Jennie Elgersma, Martha Glaw, Anna O’Brian, Ray MacLean. Kim was on high alert during the meeting because her daughter is in labor for Kims 2nd grandchild – congratulations!

Refreshment break
Kim welcomed everyone to help themselves to the wonderful refreshments. The winners of the Pumpkin Carving contest was announced- only two entries this year: Marilyn Stavinga – Best Carved Pumpkin, Alicia Stavinga – Best Decorated Pumpkin.

Our Speaker : Raj Gill – Great Lakes program director of “Canadian Freshwater Alliance”
A national initiative that works with community groups to help facilitate communication/fundraising and help amplify local voices . At the end of her presentation, asign up sheet was provided by the speaker for the “Lake Erie Newsletter”. Her Website : freshwateralliance.ca

Marilyn and Alicia donated their decorated pumpkins and our speaker Raj chose the winners: Tina Jansson and Josie Wagner.

Kim wished everyone a wonderful evening and passed the mic to Betty to announce Ways and Means winners.

New storyboard commemorates Dunnville’s Floral Clock

by Tamara Botting: The Sachem


Dunnville Horticultural Society project receives Community Project Award

The Dunnville Horticultural Society is continuing its efforts to beautify the community.

The group’s most recent project was the installment of a storyboard to commemorate Dunnville’s floral clock.

The clock, located at Main Street and the bridge, was built in 1957.

“The clock had not kept time since 2013. The internal workings were removed and inspected as to repairs. It was deemed replacement was the only option,” said Deb Zynomirski, president of the horticultural society.

“Following years of community consultation as to (whether we should) replace, repair, refurbish or even remove (the clock) altogether, Dunnville Horticultural Society decided to repurpose the original stone base.”

With a community partnership program grant from Haldimand County, a storyboard was recently installed to detail “the history of the popular downtown fixture, while honouring the commitment of those residents and groups that originally installed and cared for it over the decades,” Zynomirski said.

The project was selected for the Community Project Award (under $10,000) at Haldimand’s Recognition Night on Oct. 17. The other entry in the category was the hort society’s designation of a heritage tree in the Thompson Creek Eco Centre.

Dunnville’s Floral Clock

Dunnville's Floral Clock

“New storyboard commemorates Dunnville’s Floral Clock.  Built in 1957, the Clock had not kept time since 2013. The internal workings were removed and inspected as to repairs. It was deemed replacement was the only option.

Following years of community consultation as to replace, repair, refurbish or even remove altogether, Dunnville Horticultural Society decided to repurpose the original stone base.
With the assistance of a Community Partnership Program grant from Haldimand County, the new facade reflects the history of the popular downtown fixture, while honouring the commitment of those residents and groups that originally installed and cared for it over the decades.”

It’s Harvest Time

Houston harvests a zucchini

An earlier Haldimand Press article (July 11, 2019) suggested growing zucchini was a good way to introduce children to gardening.

One day before Houston McGowan turned two years of age, he picked this last-of-the season zucchini from the Lowbanks’ garden along Lake Erie. It weighed nearly 3 kg and measured 41 cm in length.

For tasty frying, it’s better to harvest zucchini before they reach this size, however by grinding up this one, his mother Maggie can make a winters supply of relish!

At Houston’s young age, the photo certainly shows the interest and enjoyment children can experience in Haldimand gardening!

Called Raven, this is an especially good zucchini variety as it produces abundantly from late June into October, benefiting by the lake moderating the temperature and prolonging the growing season. In addition, the plant was watered and fed regularly with 10-52-10 fertilizer throughout the season.

Because Raven is a hybrid, Houston will not save the seed from this giant. New seed will be purchased next year.

Lester C. Fretz, M.Sc., is a Dunnville Horticulture Society member and Haldimand gardener.

Don’t Blame the goldenrod

A bumble bee on Canadian Goldenrod making his rounds collecting pollen from the flowers. - Staff photo/IAN KELSO
Columnist Marlene Link asks what plant is the real culprit.

Is goldenrod taking a bad rap for your sneezing? Or is the real culprit ragweed?

Found growing side by side, goldenrod is unfairly blamed for most pollen allergens coming from ragweed.

Ragweed is an annual broadleaf weed with ragged looking leaves that resemble the artemisia plant.

Ragweed’s pollen is spread by the wind, whereas goldenrod is pollinated by pollinators like bees and butterflies. Goldenrod has bright yellow flower clusters and ragweed has a greenish-yellow spiked flower.

Goldenrod and ragweed are two different species and do not share the same genus or tribe.

So when goldenrod is in bloom, remember it’s the ragweed pollen blowing in the wind that is making you sneeze. Now you can enjoy the fall colour of goldenrod in your garden and help the pollinators store up food for winter.

Why not join other happy gardeners and would-be gardeners at our next Program Night, Thursday, Oct. 17? Our featured speaker is Raj Gill of Lake Erie Alive, speaking on the current state of health of Lake Erie, and how we can protect it.

The Dunnville Hort Society meets every third Thursday at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St. from 7 to 9 p.m. Or visit us online at our Facebook page or website www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org For questions or comments, contact Deb Zynomirski (president) at 416-566-9337 or debzyn@gmail.com.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

DHS hosts Fall Forum

Shown (l-r) is Thomas, Zynormirski, Hewitt, and Tanazi. Above right are some of the creative decorations at the meeting. —Haldimand Press photos by Valerie Posthumus.

DUNNVILLE—The Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) held the District 9 Fall Forum on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at their home base: the Optimist Hall. There were 57 members in attendance from Horticultural societies across Niagara and Haldimand.

“It was a great day for DHS!” said Deb Zynomirski, President. “Everyone enjoyed the decor in the hall, great food, prizes, and the speaker.”

Debbie Thomas, Past President, was awarded the District Service Award from Margaret Tanazi, District 9 Director.

Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt expressed “appreciation for all that the Dunnville Horticultural Society does to enhance and beautify the town of Dunnville.”

Councillor Bernie Corbett also stopped by with greetings. Corbett listed the many accomplishments of DHS, especially the recent revitalization and opening of the Thompson Creek Park Eco Centre. The past year was very successful for the society. Among plant sales, planting days, and garden tours, they host meetings on the third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Optimist Hall.

For information about events or membership contact Zynomirski at debzyn@gmail.com.

Getting a Spring & Fall Crop

Egyptian onion, also called tree, top setting, and walking onions are unique in different ways. They grow a cluster of bulblets where most onions have a flower. These sets can be planted in the fall for very early spring green onions.

After the bulblets, as shown in the first photo, have matured and its stem has become dry and brittle, by cutting the stem off at ground level in late summer, a second crop of green onions will grow up from the parent bulb in the fall. The second photo taken in September shows this tasty fall crop.

Egyptian onions tend to be much stronger than other bunching onions, but for someone who relishes that taste and enjoys having an abundance to eat, they can be enjoyed as early as the spring and again in the fall.

While enjoying the green onions in the fall, the sets harvested earlier can be planted at the same time. They should be planted in good soil about 2 cm deep and 15 cm apart. They will be the earliest green onions to mature.

It is very obvious that Egyptian onions propagate and multiply profusely. They will even self-propagate if the gardener fails to harvest the bulblets, as they will mature, fall to the ground, and begin to grow the following year’s crop.

Lester C. Fretz, M.Sc., is a member of the Dunnville Horticulture Society.