Dunnville Horticulture Society

Talk on climate change at next Dunnville Horticultural Society meeting

By Deb Zynomirski

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—Is climate change on your mind? If so, join us for this month’s Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Program Night on March 19, 2020 – it may be of particular interest to you. We will welcome speaker Kevin Kavanagh of South Coast Gardens. Kevin’s perspective on how climate change will affect our local growing seasons and our gardens is both educational and inspiring.

While winter hasn’t quite loosened its grip on us, gardeners everywhere are getting excited about the warmer days ahead. This past month, we had to be satisfied with just dreaming about spring. At our February Program, 10 lucky members went home with gorgeous orchids following our video presentation on that subject.

Subscriptions are currently available for 2020, the price being just $10 for a single and $15 for a couple. If you purchase your membership before the end of our next Program Night, you will be eligible for our Early Bird Draw.

Subscription dues support DHS programs in Dunnville, which include planting and maintaining local public flower beds, encouraging youth gardening programs and a bursary, community projects such as Thompson Creek Eco Centre and the refurbishment of the monument in Centennial Park, our annual plant sale, and many other beautification initiatives. We are blessed and thankful to have such a caring and supportive community in Dunnville!

Join DHS for our next get-together on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Dunnville Optimist Hall. Also remember that we will be holding our annual seed exchange on March 19. Make sure your seeds are packaged and labelled with care instructions. Until then, keep your thumbs green! You can reach me at 416-566-9337 or 905-774-8453.

Deb Zynomirski is the DHS president.

Create unique holiday decorations with evergreen boughs

Hey gardeners, ‘tis the season to start your holiday decorating.

There are so many festive options to use in planters and urns.

Ribbons, bows, white birch, fantail willow, curly willow, pine cones and seed pods. You can also include bird houses, watering cans or old lanterns. The list is endless.

A variety of evergreen boughs are usually used, but remember to water your planter and spray the boughs with water to keep them from drying out.

One really cute idea I found was DIY Christmas tree gnome decorations. Did you know there was such a thing?

They are so simple to make; all you need is a tomato cage, wire, red hat and mitts. The nose can be made from a seed pod, potato or an ornament.

Simply place the cage upside down and cover with evergreen boughs using the wire to secure them. Place the red hat and mitts, attach the nose — and there you have it: a cute Christmas gnome.

You can also use different sizes of tomato cages to make a family of Christmas gnomes.

On behalf of the Dunnville Horticultural Society, we wish you and yours and happy, healthy and green holiday season.

Why not join other happy gardeners and would-be gardeners at our next program night on Jan. 16? We will be welcoming local garden experts to share their knowledge on our panel.


The 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 at www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org

For questions or comments, contact president Deb Zynomirski at 416-566-9337 or debzyn@gmail.com.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

Christmas gnomes can be a cute addition to the garden around the holidays. - Marlene Link photo