Dunnville Horticulture Society

Dunnville Horticultural Society: Volcano phlox bring an explosion of colour to the garden

As with most plants, there are always new varieties coming down the pike; volcano phlox is one such plant.

It is a strong, shorter, denser and floriferous example that is exceptionally mildew resistant, although not entirely impervious. For this reason, you should plant them 12 to 16 inches apart to boost air circulation.

Best of all, volcano phlox is very fragrant.

In addition, if you cut back old stems by one-quarter of the growth, they will bloom again.

This plant comes in a variety of colours, even bicolours, and they bloom from early summer to fall.

It is best grown in full sun and fertile, well-worked soil. It will tolerate moderately dry soil. You should water this plant at the base and not from overhead to prevent the risk of mildew.

Phlox are great for filling in large areas or just for adding pops of colour. They are great for cottage-style gardens, native plantings and meadows; phlox are also popular with butterflies and birds.

Some varieties can provide form, colour and fragrance to mixed planters for summer arrangements. Give yourself a gift and get some for the serenity of flowers and nature.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society has resumed meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Hall.

For more information, check out our website at dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or our Facebook page under Dunnville Horticultural Society. Club president Deb Zynomirski can be reached by email at debzyn@gmail.com or by phone at 416-566-9337.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

Program Night Minutes: April 2022


PROGRAM NIGHT: APRIL 21, 2022 Minutes



6:30pm.    Doors Open. Memberships available for 2022.


7:00pm.    Everyone is welcomed by Deb Zynomirski, DHS President

                 Treasurer’s Report is Posted on the back wall. Questions can 

                 be directed to our new Treasurer Ellen Guenther.


7:05pm.    Business at Hand presented by Petra Kruis Daly, Secretary

  • Email list has been based on information from as far back as 2019. If your information has changed, please let us know so that going forward we will have correct info. The phone/email list will be taken from the 2022 membership list from June 2022 on.
  • 2022 DHS memberships on sale tonight at break, see Ellen and Sharon for your membership.
  •  DHS Early Bird draw will take place tonight, prizes will be drawn for those who have already purchased their memberships. Draw prizes are ‘Pollinator Houses’
  •  Thank you to 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
  •   Ways and Means Table has returned! Get your tickets before the Program begins tonight, or at the break. Betty B and Gwen V will be happy to sell you tickets. Money earned goes right back into our club to pay for hall rental, speakers, food and more.
  • 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 and sign up on the sheets at the entrance of the room.
  • DHS Bursary for graduating student of DSS that is going to post secondary school in agriculture or horticulture. The Bursary winner must volunteer 10 hours to DHS.
  • Downtown Dunnville Tree Planting Plan by Haldimand County will be happening this spring. Look for a variety of new trees in the downtown core soon.
  • District 9 AGM taking place April 23 via Zoom, 9:30am-1:00pm (see Deb Z for details)
  • 2022 Year of the Garden “A Splash of Red”. Special Activities include:
    • Red feature garden by bridge (Lighthouse garden)
    • Consider planting red annuals this year
    • Haldimand County photo contest later this year.
    • Sign Up Sheets available:
      • Weeding/Clean Up of Gardens
      • Planters for Planting Days!
      • Plant Sale
    • Dates to Remember:
      • May 7 DHS Plant Sale (see Petra)
      • May 24/25/26 DHS Annual Planting Days
      • May 19 next Program Night

7:20m.    Break for Refreshments


7:35 pm.   Presentation by Deb Zynomirski:  Pollination 101.

         Deb presented an entertaining and educational talk on the ‘Birds and Bees’ of how plants pollinate. She used lots of great visuals to get her interesting points across.


8:15pm.    Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

  • Draws for Early Bird membership: Jan Loots, Marline Link, Anne Wilde
  • Special Door prize donated by Don Davies. (2 Peace lilies, one Bromillia ) Margaret Meyer-Smith, Steve Elgersma, Bruce Burton.
  •  Ways and Means draws (Betty Ballenger and Gwen Van Natter)
  •  Meeting Adjourns



46 Members/Guests present this evening

$53.00 taken in by Ways and Means

$ 27.00 taken in by Kitchen Donation

$ 90.00 in memberships: ___3 single, __4 couple

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!

Vegetable Gardening facts new gardeners should know

By Brad and Susan Emery

To The Haldimand Press

Grow things at different times

Succession planting is simply the act of planting one crop after another in the same garden space. 

Succession planting made simple:

  • Plan in advance. It’s crucial to plan, map out your garden, and make decisions about what to grow in each bed and what crops will follow the initial planting. For example, if growing peas in one bed, follow that with a mid-summer planting of broccoli or cucumbers. Come early autumn, those crops will be replaced with hardy winter greens like spinach, arugula, or mache. 
  • Feed the soil between crops. To keep production high, work in compost or aged manure between crops. A balanced organic fertilizer will also help encourage healthy growth.
  • Use your grow-lights. By mid-May, most of the seedlings that grew beneath my grow-lights have been moved into the vegetable garden. However, I don’t unplug the lights for the season. Instead, I start sowing fresh seeds for succession crops; cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, kale, cabbage, and more.

Not all crops are easy to grow

New gardeners may want to stick to ‘beginner-friendly’ crops like bush beans, cherry tomatoes, peas, and lettuce, giving themselves a chance to flex their gardening skills before they tackle more demanding crops. We now have about nine years of gardening under our belt and there are still crops that continue to challenge us such as carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower.

I’ve gotten them to grow, just not consistently. Sometimes the problems can be weather based – too much rain or not enough for example. Then there are vegetables that are prone to insects or diseases, such as squash bugs, potato bugs, cabbageworms, and cucumber beetles. How many times have I cried over squash bugs on zucchini?

This obviously doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grow a vegetable garden; every season brings successes and failures, and if one crop (spinach, lettuce, cabbage) doesn’t appreciate the long, hot summer, others will (peppers, tomatoes, eggplant). Don’t get discouraged, learn from the problems. Learn to identify the pests and the beneficial insects that you see in your garden, and how to deal with them. Sometimes pest control is as easy as covering crops with a lightweight row cover, other times it’s including plants that attract beneficial insects to munch on the bad bugs.

Keep on top of weeds

As with garden pests, you’ll probably notice that you fight the same weeds year after year. One of the most important vegetable gardening facts that you can learn is that staying on top of weeds will make you a happy gardener. 

Trying to clean up a jungle of weeds is exhausting and discouraging, yet I seem to tackle weeding this way most of the time. However, every season I start with the thought, ‘It’s better to do a little weeding, often, rather than a lot of weeding at once.’ Really, 10 to 15 minutes, twice a week, weeding my beds is the plan. 

Easy weeding:

Plan to pull weeds after a rain. I recommend this because the moist soil makes weeding easier and the long-rooted weeds, like dandelions, are easier to pull up from the soil. This is also why I sometimes hold off weeding and wait for the rain. 

When it comes to weed prevention, mulch is your best friend. Add a 3- to 4-inch-thick layer of straw or shredded leaves around your crops. This will suppress weed growth and hold soil moisture, therefore requiring less watering!

Keep pathways clear of weeds with a layer of cardboard, or several layers of newspaper, topped with bark mulch, pea gravel, or another material.

Never, ever let weeds go to seed in your garden beds. Letting weeds set seeds equals years of future weeding. Do yourself a favour and stay on top of the weeds.

Vegetable gardening can save you money (but it can cost a lot too!)

As with almost anything, getting a garden started can be costly. How much you spend will depend on the size, design, and materials of your garden, as well as the site and what you want to grow.

If budget gardening is your goal, and your site has full sun and decent soil, you will be able to start saving money sooner than someone who has to build or buy raised beds and bring in manufactured soil. But, even raised beds can be made from materials like logs or rocks, or be free-formed with no edging. Existing soil can be tested and amended with compost, aged manure, natural fertilizers, chopped leaves, and so on.

Food gardening also offers other benefits to the gardener besides cost-saving; mental satisfaction, physical exercise, and time spent in the great outdoors. In my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the costs and work.

Susan and Brad Emery are members of the Dunnville Horticultural Society. For more information, visit their Facebook or dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org.

DIY Gardening Projects and Landscaping Ideas to Save Money

We recently received an email from Lily Stevens, an assistant library media specialist in Maine who thanked us for our site and all the information we have posted here. In return she shared the following link regarding DIY Gardening and Landscape Ideas.


This site has a fantastic gardening terminology/glossary of terms, lists all the gardening tools you should have and what they’re used for. It covers info on plant zones and sunlight requirements, and has a ton of information on creating wildlife habitats and pollinator gardens. It also has a slew of gardening projects, including guides on growing flower gardens, herb gardens, vegetable gardens and fruit gardens It really is a gem so please take a little time, click on the link and enjoy the read. Perhaps with the nicer weather coming in it will inspire you to get out and dig in the dirt!