Dunnville Horticulture Society

Program Night Minutes: May 2022



Minutes by Petra Kruis Daly

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


7:04pm.    Welcome 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

  •         Members List: Members are reminded that If your information has changed, please let us know
  •         2022 DHS memberships on sale tonight before Program and at break
  •         DHS Members Rose Draw will take place tonight.  This draw is for DHS Members only….you can get in on the draw by purchasing your 2022 Membership tonight! While you’re at it, why not pick up a DHS gardening apron? On special tonight for $10! This includes getting your name stitched on at Mirror Imaging for FREE.
  •         Long standing member Betty Clark has passed away. Visitation Friday May 20.
  •         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: Get your tickets before the Program begins tonight, or at the break. See Gwen and Betty for a chance to get something great! 3 tickets for $1
  •         Plant Sale results: $1,606 plus 1 membership sold.  We will add to this the proceeds of whatever has been sold at our parking lot leftovers this evening.
  •         We are still in need of volunteers to assist with Planting Days (May 24, 25, 26).  Please use the sign-up sheet at the back.
  •         DHS Bursary for DSS graduating student:  Amelia Green-Johnson to volunteer with us.
  •         Ontario Garden Week is June 12-19.  We will once again be proudly flying the Year of the Garden flag at our county administration offices.
  •         Downtown Dunnville Tree Planting Plan should take place over the summer.  Plans are available to view if you are interested.
  •         Introduction to Marilyn Stravinga as a new board member. She is back from taking a break and we are happy to have another great volunteer.
  •         Thanks to everyone who has had a hand in preparing all our flower beds for planting! This past Monday, a few intrepid souls added 5 yards of compost/enriched soil to several beds.
  •         2022 Year of the Garden “A Splash of Red”
  • Red feature gardens by bridge (Lighthouse garden and West Bridge bed will get a “facelift” this spring) We have allocated $500 to refresh these two gardens.
  • “Splash of Red” doorhangers to be awarded to RED focussed gardens around Dunnville. Consider planting red annuals this year!
  • Haldimand County photo contest, details to follow
  • Sign Up Sheets available, please sign up at the registration desk.
    • Weeding/Clean Up of Gardens
    • Planters for Planting Days!
  • Dates to Remember:
    • May 24/25/26 DHS Annual Planting Days
    • June 16th, next Program Night (speaker: Kim Drew of Purple Haven Lavender Farm .Also, Kim has donated 50 lavender plants for us to plant in the long bed at the parking lot.)
    • Next month:  June Raffle for two pairs of Admission to “Whistling Gardens 10th Anniversary Celebration” Tickets will be $5 each.  Regular admission is $34/pp.
  • Beth Powel and Ken Shirwood donated a large quantity of seeds from their gardens on the give away table.
  • Don Davies has donated a beautiful and unique Oncidium from the orchid family, which will be ‘Auctioned’ off after our speakers are done. 


7:20pm.    Break for Refreshments


7:31pm.   Presentation by Petra Kruis-Daly and Susan Emery.

  •         “Cannabis: Therapeutic and Medicinal Uses. Growing and Processing Plants”
  •         Lots of Q and A as well as knowledgeable contributions by guests and members
  •         Give aways of seeds and gummies were available at the end of the night.



8:35pm.    Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

  •         Member Rose Draws (members only): Betty Ballanger, Rose Marie Borak, Pat Henderson, Marilyn Stavinga, Marilyn Sutor, Wray McLean, Sandra Zynomirski,
  •         Ways and Means draws (Betty Ballenger and Gwen VanNatter)
  •         Auction of the Oncidium went for $40
  •         Meeting Adjourns

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!

 Kitchen $14.75

Ways and Means: $47.00

Sales of hats and aprons: $8.00

Memberships:2X$10, 2X$5 = $30.00

Auction for donated plant $40.00

Plant Sale at Meeting $37.00

Attendance tonight: 38

Dunnville Horticultural Society: Beautyberry shrub lives up to its name

The beautyberry shrub is an unusual shrub with long, arching branches producing many small pink flowers, usually in August. It has yellow-green fall foliage. However, its most eye-catching features are the clusters of glossy, iridescent purple berries that cover the branches after the leaves fall following a hard frost.

The berries are an important food source for 40 species of birds. They can also be used in teas, jelly and wine. Beautyberry berries have been used for medicinal purposes for many years, but only consumed in very small quantities.

The beautyberry shrub is a good understory bush, and it prefers moist soil. It can be propagated by softwood cuttings. It will grow from one to two metres high and can be pruned severely to 30 centimetres from the base just before the new spring growth appears. Pruning will keep it more compact. There are several different varieties.

I have five bushes, which the birds feast on during the winter.

Marlene’s gardening tip: To organize your plant tags, punch a hole in them and hang them on a shower curtain ring or in a three ring binder.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society meets on the third Thursday of the month in the Dunnville Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. E. For more information, check out our website at dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or our Facebook page under Dunnville Horticultural Society. Our president, Deb Zynomirski, can be reached by email at debzyn@gmail.comor by phone at 416-566-9337.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

It’s gardening time!

DHS’s May 7 Plant Sale

By Deb Zynomirski

President, Dunnville Horticultural Society

After what seems like the coldest and windiest spring in recent memory, the sun is finally shining and warming things up. If you feel like your garden is slow to awaken, you aren’t alone. Seems like everyone is talking about how all their perennials are two weeks later in sprouting this year. But the sunshine and warm temperatures expected this week will warm the ground and they will soon make up for lost time!

The Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) held its Annual Plant Sale last Saturday – three years in the making! Avid gardeners and would-be gardeners came out to support us and purchase the many donated plants and garden tools. It was a great morning! A big shout out is due to Petra Kruis-Daly who organized the sale, and to the many DHS board members and volunteers who sorted, priced, dug plants, and assisted with the sale. We are also thankful to the many members and community friends who donated to the sale. Leftover plants will be available for sale in the parking lot before our next Program Night on May 19.

We are excited to participate in the Canadian Garden Council’s initiative called “Year of the Garden”. Our planning started last fall with the planting of 300 tulips, whose beauty we are enjoying in our downtown core right now. We kicked off the spring with a flag-raising of the Year of the Garden (YOTG) flag at our County Administration offices. We are following this up with the planting of two feature gardens, which will be predominantly red, the designated YOTG colour. Another of our creative board members, Melanie Ruigrok, came up with an idea to promote and recognize Dunnville gardeners for their YOTG efforts. Doorhangers will be handed out to gardeners who make a special effort to paint their beds with a ‘splash of red’. If you see a deserving garden, let us know!

Planting Day will once again take place over three mornings. May 24, May 25, and May 26 are the designated dates to plant all our annuals in the 23 gardens that DHS maintains. Would you like to assist us? It is a fun and rewarding activity. Contact myself if you can help. We are grateful to Konkles Greenhouses who, year after year, provide all our annuals. And special thanks to Roger Egger who provides the watering services. We are blessed with wonderful community partners!

Join us on May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Optimist Hall For our next Program Night. Our speakers will be Petra Kruis-Daly and Susan Emery, presenting on “Growing Cannabis”, therapeutic and medicinal uses, and how to grow and process plants.

I encourage you to get outdoors and get that green thumb working! And if you don’t have a garden of your own, come dig with us in ours. Keep thinking green thoughts!

DHS meets the third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Hall. 

For information, check out dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or our Facebook page. Deb Zynomirski can be reached at debzyn@gmail.com. 

Information: Jumping Worms, Box Tree Moths & Avian Influenza

Please find some important information on the following topics:
1.  Jumping Worms:  Please check out the GardenOntario website for all the information at:
2. Box Tree Moths:  Please check out the GardenOntario website for all the information at:   https://gardenontario.org/box-tree-moths/
3. Minister’s Order for Avian Influenza:  Please check out the OMAFRA website for all the information at:  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/min-order/index.html
With thanks

Kelly Taylor

Ontario Horticultural Association Secretary

Beginner’s Guide to Basic Gardening (Link in content)

Greetings Deb,

Had a really good time reading Dunnville Horticultural Society’s useful links! I must say that the Beginners Gardening Guide was my favorite. I was hoping I could contribute to making it more awesome.

Sharing our Beginner’s Guide to Basic Gardening with everything that you need to know about gardening types, essentials, tools, maintenance – and even starter veggies! It would be a good addition to your list, and something that your readers can learn from 😊

Will our guide be able to help you?



Handyman Reviewed Ashley Davis
Public Relation
email ashley@handymanreviewed.com

Dunnville Horticultural Society hosting annual plant sale

Are you looking to add a bit more green to your garden?

The Dunnville Horticultural Society is holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at 210 Main St., in the bridge parking lot.

This is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The evening prior, the group will be accepting donations for the sale from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations needed are plants, garden tools, garden art, pots and seeds.

For more information about the club and its upcoming meetings, visit http://www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org/.