By Deb Zynomirski

President, Dunnville Horticultural Society

Has pumpkin spice been on your mind? How about visiting a fall fair? Is it time to think about harvesting your pumpkin? Yes, these are all questions that are becoming front of mind for gardeners everywhere.

Everywhere you go, you see gardeners replacing their colourful annuals with fall mums. It’s harvest time as well and the farmers’ markets are overflowing with delicious produce. Make sure you take time to visit our own Dunnville Farmers’ Market and sample all the wonderful produce available at this time of year. Many of you are also skilled canners. And lots of the late summer and early fall produce can be preserved to enjoy over the winter months. From canned peaches and tomatoes to green beans and spaghetti sauce. It all seems to bring a taste of summer back to mind when we open those jars in February!

Now is also the time to think about harvesting seeds from your garden for next year. Join us this Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Optimist Hall when we welcome Hanna Jacobs of Matchbox Farms and Seed Co. You will learn lots about how to gather, organize, and keep your seeds until the spring.

We are pleased to announce that Amelia Green-Johnson, a former Dunnville Secondary School student, will be awarded a $500 Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) bursary. Amelia has gone on to Fleming College in Peterborough to pursue a degree in Conservation. Congratulations!

DHS had taken a break from our regular Program Nights over the busy summer, but we are back at it, meeting together again. While we weren’t meeting, our wonderful volunteers kept up the beautiful flower beds in town. Thank you to our weeding volunteers!

Enjoy the crisp and fresh mornings gardeners! Fall is almost here!

DHS meets the third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Hall. For more information, check out our website at or our Facebook page under Dunnville Horticultural Society. DHS President, Deb Zynomirski, can also be reached by email at or by phone at 416-566-9337.

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