DUNNVILLE—2020 will go down in history for many things, not the least of which is the craziness produced by the COVID-19 crisis. However, I for one will remember this summer as the one where my gardens looked their best!
Since there were so many closures and cancellations this spring, many of us had ample time to prepare and tend to our gardens. A warmer and drier than average summer also meant that we got to spend a lot of our time outdoors enjoying all that nature had to offer. We found ourselves slowing down and taking time to smell the roses … as well as prune them, fertilize them, and mulch them!
Now that September is upon us, I feel a little melancholy thinking about the season winding down and harvest time coming. It’s also a little disheartening thinking about the long winter ahead, where we will be hibernating and dreaming of going south – only dreaming since the border is still closed!
Well, before the leaves start falling, make sure to take some time to get out there and grab every last ounce of the good weather. Here are a few suggestions from the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS):
1) Go get a selfie with Muddy and enjoy the beauty of our Centennial Park, including the monument highlighting Dunnville’s historical past (Robinson Road and Highway 3).
2) Tour the Thompson Creek Eco Centre. Walk through the arboretum, hike the Tall Grass Trail, and look for turtles and frogs in the creek and the wetland habitat.
3) Tour our town flower beds and soak up the pretty colours and fragrances.
4) Stroll through Wingfield Park and enjoy our beautiful Grand River. Sunsets here are especially “grand”!
5) Visit our fabulous Farmer’s Market and taste the delicious bounty of our local growers (Market Street and Main Street).
Finally, I would like to thank the many DHS volunteers who assisted with planting and weeding this year. More than ever before, our public flower beds provided a needed boost to our community. Hats off to you all!
Since DHS has had to cancel its program nights, we sure miss seeing our wonderful members. We are hoping that come the new year, we may be able to take up meeting together again.
Until that time, get outside and soak up every last ounce of summer!
You can connect with DHS through myself, Deb Zynomirski, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (416-566-9337), or visit us on Facebook at dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org.