Dunnville Horticulture Society

Dunnville, Haldimand horticultural societies have first flag on community pole at county building

The first flag to fly on Haldimand County’s new pole for community groups actually represents two organizations: the Dunnville Horticultural Society and the Haldimand Horticultural Society.

The flag is in recognition of 2022 being the Year of the Garden.

Sharon Slack, a member of the Haldimand group, said the Year of the Garden is being celebrated throughout all of Canada.

“They’re asking every gardener to plant red flowers,” she said, adding that many groups, including both of the ones in Haldimand, are having special initiatives and activities this year in celebration.

“Gardening brings everyone together,” she said.

Debbie Thomas with the Dunnville group noted that the COVID-19 pandemic meant a lot of community groups —

The Dunnville group meets on the third Thursday of the month in the Optimist Club of Dunnville building at 7 p.m., while the Haldimand group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at St. Paul’s Anglican hall in Caledonia at 7:30 p.m.

Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt said, “The county is pleased to see the first community flag raised and looks forward to recognizing more local groups/organizations doing important work through this new initiative.”

Charitable and non-profit groups are asked to submit a request at least four weeks in advance of the date requested for their flags to be flown. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The flags cannot be of a political, commercial or religious nature, and cannot promote hatred, violence, racism or discrimination.

For more information or to find the online flag application form, visit the county’s website.

including horticultural societies — have had to curb their in-person meetings and activities for the majority of the past two years.

Having it be the Year of the Garden and having a flag celebrating that at the Haldimand County Administration Building in Cayuga “is a way to kick off and get us going again,” Thomas said.

She encouraged everyone who isn’t already to become a member of their local horticultural society and “be a part of beautifying your community.”

Program Night Minutes: March 2022


PROGRAM NIGHT:  MARCH 17, 2022  Minutes


7:10pm.    Program Night began with a welcome by Petra Kruis-Daly, Recording Secretary due to President Deb Z being away on vacation.


7:15pm.   Petra discussed the business at hand:

  • She explained that the email list is based on information from as far back as 2019. If your information has changed, please let us know. Going forward we will be using the 2022 membership list to send emails.
  • 2022 DHS memberships on sale tonight at break, please purchase soon as the DHS Early Bird draw will happen at the April program night. This will give everyone a chance to purchase their 2022 membership tonight and early next month’s meeting.
  • Petra reminded everyone to make a point of checking out the OHA’s latest online edition of their Trillium Magazine, where DHS is featured with an article about our new Lighthouse!
  • Petra thanked Marlene Link for her continued articles in the Sachem, and also to Susan and Brad Emery for their Get Growing column in the Haldimand Press, remember to check out these great reads.
  • Now that Covid restrictions are easing, next month the Ways and Means Table will return at our April Program Night!
  • Haldimand Horticultural Society in Caledonia is holding their Seedy Saturday event on March 26th, 9:00am to 2:00pm, at the Riverside Exhibition Centre (151 Caithness St. East, Caledonia) Everyone is encouraged to attend.
  • Salvation Army of Dunnville acknowledged DHS’ contribution to their Holiday Food Drive.  Our members contributed food goods at our November AGM.
  • Petra reminded everyone to mark March 21st on their calendar! Haldimand Hort Society and Dunnville Hort Society have teamed up for a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the “Year of the Garden”.  This will take place at the Haldimand County Administration offices in Cayuga at 3pm.
  • Petra asked everyone to start thinking ahead to spring.  We will need volunteers to assist with cleaning up gardens, and with weeding and maintenance.  If you can help out with this, please see Nelly E.


7:30pm.    Break for Refreshments were brought around by Nelly and Debbie T directly to tables for distancing due to Covid. Refreshments were provided by DHS. Hopefully we can return to food made and brought by members in the near future.


7:45pm.    Petra welcomed George Scott of Niagara Beeway who introduced himself and spoke about the benefits of certain insects in our lives. Niagara Beeway is a group who offers a free service to all in the Niagara area for anything ‘Bee’ related.

o   A donated fabric tote with a lovely ‘Bee’ design was donated by George, Cindy Huitema won the bag.

o   George had set up a table with a variety of items ‘Bee’ related for sale for $10 (over 50% discount on his regular price). Jars of Honey were available for a donation as well.


8:30pm.   Petra wrapped up the evening with these closing remarks:

  • The Treasurer’s Report is Posted on the back wall. Questions can be directed to our new Treasurer Ellen Guenther.
  • Ellen awarded prizes for the best dressed for St. Patrick’s Day!

The 5 members wearing the most green were: Tom Pettigrew, Cindy Huitema, Susan Milligan, Darlene Bucis, Betty Schriner. Each winner was asked to come to the ‘Prize’ table and select a prize.

  • Petra reminded everyone of some important dates coming up:

o   April 21:Next DHS Program Night

o   May 6th: Plant drop off at the new Lighthouse, May 7:DHS Plant Sale

o   May 24/25/26: Planting Days! Listen for dates in the next month for time and locations..

  • Meeting Adjourned by Petra at 8:47pm
  • There were 34 in attendance tonight
  • 19 Memberships were sold- 15 Singles and 2 Family
  • $12.00 was in Kitchen donations


Thanks to all our Board Members and volunteers who made tonight’s evening possible!  Together we all work together to make our Society a success!


Time to get growing with nasturtiums

I hope everyone has had a good rest, is enjoying the bounty of last year’s garden, and is ready to put their hands into dirt for the very first time this year. We all know how important and beneficial it is for you and your family to eat the very best – and the best can be found right in your own garden!  One of our favourites in the garden is the nasturtium. 

Nasturtium flowers are versatile – they are attractive in the landscape and useful in the garden. Nasturtium plants are fully edible and growing nasturtiums can be used to lure aphids away from other plants in the garden. Nasturtium plants are easy to grow and may be climbing, cascading, or bushy. Care of nasturtiums is minimal. In fact, nasturtium plants are one of those specimens that thrive on neglect. Rich, fertile soil or too much fertilizer results in lush foliage growth and few nasturtium flowers. 

The old-fashioned nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, is popular in the garden as an edible. Use nasturtium flowers as a spiller in window boxes and hanging baskets. Plant bush-type nasturtiums as aphid traps in the vegetable garden. Nasturtiums may add a peppery taste to salads, or their flowers may be used to decorate a cake. Hot sauce and pesto can also be made with this plant. It’s not just a pretty flower.

I get such a joy when we have visitors, I ask, ‘Would you like to eat a flower?’ And when that spice hits! These plants are also so easy to grow and retrieving seeds at the end of the season is easy. Your first package of seeds will be the only ones you need.  So let’s ‘Get Growing!’

For those who are interested, I have started a page on Facebook called Dunnville Seed Swap.

Susan and Brad Emery are members of the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS). DHS meets the third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Hall, and is resuming in-person meetings on March 17.  For more information, check out dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or their Facebook page Dunnville Horticultural Society. DHS President, Deb Zynomirski, can be reached by email at debzyn@gmail.com or by phone at 416-566-9337.

Dunnville Horticultural Society: Let the kids get dirty

Kids love to get dirty, so why not introduce them to gardening, no matter what age? Just enjoying some quality time together will benefit both kids and adults. There are many benefits to learning from the garden, and the big one is getting outside and away from screen time. If you are not an outside person, there are numerous indoor plants that you can explore, too.

Engaging all of your child’s senses like feeling, smelling, tasting and observing, is a great way to explore the garden. Gardening can also teach responsibility; giving your child the task of watering will show them that if they neglect their job, the plants will wither and die.

Gardening helps children develop their motor skills by using gardening tools, bending and balancing to avoid walking on plants.

Gardening also teaches patience, whereby children must wait for the seeds to start growing. Lots of herbs or sunflowers are easy to grow and show children that good things are worth the wait.

Gardening teaches children where their food comes from and it encourages them to eat healthy foods. Start kids off with easy-to-grow plants like herbs, or flowers like sunflowers and marigolds. Vegetables such as carrots, beans and pumpkins are also great options. Kids love to explore, feeling unique textures like fuzzy, rubbery, prickly and smooth as they feel the plants, making it a fun time. Grow some plants that you would use when making a pizza, like onions, peppers or cherry tomatoes.

You can start with a raised bed or simply use containers for a small garden. Gardening tools come in child-friendly sizes, too. Now is a great time to start growing seeds indoors with your children. When the weather gets warm enough, it will be an exciting project to transplant their seedlings to the garden outdoors.

So, when the weather permits, let’s get dirty!


The Dunnville Horticultural Society normally meets the third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Hall. With many provincial COVID-19 mandates coming to an end on March 1, we are hoping to resume in-person meetings in March. For more information, check out our website at dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or our Facebook page. Dunnville Horticultural Society president Deb Zynomirski can be reached by email at debzyn@gmail.com or by phone at 416-566-9337.