Dunnville Horticulture Society

Dunnville Horticultural Society awards continuous service pins

By Deb Zynomirski

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—The new year has brought new hope that we may see a light at the end of the proverbial pandemic tunnel, as vaccines begin to arrive. Our world has certainly changed a great deal over the one year since the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged as a health threat. 

Although Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Program Nights have been on hiatus for the past year, our hardworking board of directors continues to meet behind the scenes, planning for what we hope will soon be a return to normal… or least the “new normal.” Usually one of the highlights of our year is awarding our continuous service pins. Although we were not able to award these in person last year, the pins were mailed out to recipients. Help us to congratulate the following members:

5 Year Service Pin

Rose Allen, Angela Barrick, Christina Cavers, Richard Egger, Steve Ellis, Nelly Engelage, Barb Gough, Susan Milligan, Evelyn Wardell, Florence Zynomirski, Peter Zynomirski

10 Year Service Pin

Stan Carnes, Donna Cavers, Anna Lam, Debbie Thomas

As you try to navigate through the coldest of these winter months, now is the perfect time to be planning your spring and summer garden activities. If you are a “grow from seed” type of gardener, start to peruse the seed catalogs. Both online and paper versions can add colour and excitement to your days! The same is true if you are a “pick ‘em and plant ‘em” type of gardener.

Take some time to draw a rough sketch of your gardens, then fill in the locations of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Make note of colour themes you are hoping to develop.  Heights of plants are a big consideration too.  Leaf texture and variety also lend interest to your garden. Highlight those areas in your garden beds that need soil amendment before planting time.

All of these factors will play into which plants you will select for your garden. It   doesn’t matter if you prefer vegetable or flower gardening, both will provide you with endless hours of pleasure, exercise, challenge, and satisfaction!

Some members have been asking how they can obtain their 2021 DHS membership.  Please send a cheque or money order ($10 single, $15 couple) to Dunnville Horticultural Society, P.O. Box 274, Dunnville, Ontario, N1A 2X5. Your membership card will be mailed directly to you.

You can keep up with us on our website at dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org. You can also contact me for more information at      debzyn@gmail.com. Think green thoughts!

Deb Zynomirski is the president of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

Thompson Creek Eco Centre Update

DHS recently added 2 large Barn Swallow structures that will also accommodate Brown Bats and 30 Bluebird houses at Thompson Creek Eco Centre in the Tallgrass Praire section, all species are considered at risk due to loss of habitat.
A Special Thank You to Dan Mckay for researching, building and coordinating this latest project at Thompson Creek. Also, to all of our generous community supporters that enabled us to fund and complete these projects.
Thank you to Roger Egger of Egger Truck and Machine for donating time and equipment to assist with instalation, and to DHS volunteers Doug Swick, Brad House, Charlie Hartsell, Debbie Thomas, Natha McKay and Mark, Kaelen,Rowan McCormack.

Dunnville Horticultural Society looking to create ‘weeding teams’

By Deb Zynomirski

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—While the ground has recently been blanketed in snow, I’m sure most would agree that we have had a pretty easy winter so far. With temperatures staying above normal, winter freeze damage this spring should be light and plants should rebound quickly in the spring. Now is the time to plan your spring garden, plant seedlings, and dream of warmer days to come.

Warmer weather will mean the return of leaves to trees, perennials showing their finery, bulbs poking their heads up… and of course the dreaded return of weeds! This year the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) will be attacking our annual weeding chore slightly differently. We will be taking a two-prong approach. First, our in-town garden beds will be weeded weekly by anyone who wishes to volunteer for our Friday morning Walk and Weed Team. We will spend some time visiting the in-town garden beds to do the weeding together, chatting and catching up on friendships, followed by a coffee at a local establishment. Second, we will be looking for Family Weeding Teams to maintain all other gardens that we are responsible for. Each family will get to have a sign in the bed that they maintain. If you would like to be one of our Family Weeding Teams, please contact me directly at debzyn@gmail.com.

Join the DHS and Garden Club for our next get-together on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Dunnville Optimist Hall, when our topic will be The Art of Orchids. What a wonderful, colourful topic to give us a break from the dull and grey days of winter. Hope you will join us! You can reach me at 416-566-9337 or 905-774-8453.

            Deb Zynomirski is the President of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.      

DHS School Challenge Finalists

Three neighbouring schools answered the Dunnville Horticultural Society’s (DHS) School Challenge in a big way, sending over 600 students to Thompson Creek Eco Centre on October 25 for the Grand Opening.  Teachers and students were introduced to the park, while DHS promoted their vision for schools to use the park as an outdoor classroom. Everyone walked the trails and learned about the ecological diversity of this learning centre.

DHS was so pleased by the turnout that all three schools were awarded a Carolinian tree of their choice planted at their school on Oct 30th. Adam Koziel of Earthgen supplied the trees and was on hand to assist with the planting.

Dunnville Christian School grade 3 students with their Red Maple
Thompson Creek Elementary school's Blue Planet Eco Club with their Cherry Birch
Dunnville Secondary School- at left is Adam Koziel from Earthgen planting a Cherry birch

Dunnville’s Floral Clock

Dunnville's Floral Clock

“New storyboard commemorates Dunnville’s Floral Clock.  Built in 1957, the Clock had not kept time since 2013. The internal workings were removed and inspected as to repairs. It was deemed replacement was the only option.

Following years of community consultation as to replace, repair, refurbish or even remove altogether, Dunnville Horticultural Society decided to repurpose the original stone base.
With the assistance of a Community Partnership Program grant from Haldimand County, the new facade reflects the history of the popular downtown fixture, while honouring the commitment of those residents and groups that originally installed and cared for it over the decades.”

DHS Receives $5000 from Haldimand County’s 2019 Mayor’s Gala

Mayor Ken Hewitt presented a generous cheque of $5000 to DHS President Deb Zynomirski and Thompson Creek Chairperson Debbie Thomas at Council Chambers. DHS was one of the recipients from Haldimand County’s Mayor’s Gala Fund Raiser earlier this year.  The money will be used for the Thompson Creek Eco Park Restoration.

Deb brought greetings from DHS, expressed our heartfelt thanks and provided an invitation to the Thompson Creek Grand Opening on Wednesday.

Dunnville Horticultural Society, Ducks Unlimited Canada & Haldimand County Celebrate Restoration Of Thompson Creek Park & Wetland

Press Release – In 1993, a group of conservation-minded volunteers from the Dunnville Bio Region Association (DBA) hosted a workshop to create a sustainable development plan—related to social, economic and environmental concerns—for Dunnville. One of the action items proposed was to build an outdoor education facility by restoring Thompson Creek, the Wetland and Tallgrass Prairie and plant a Carolinian Arboretum.

While that goal wasn’t entirely realized at that time due to changing resources and partners, on Wednesday, September 25 the new project partners—Dunnville Horticultural Society, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Haldimand County—will celebrate the completion of the vision with the opening of an Eco-Centre at Dunnville Thompson Creek Park.

“We are so excited to have been able to help re-start this project and get it done,” says Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Past-President Debbie Thomas, who co-chaired the project with volunteer Dan McKay, the original President of the DBA and now a DHS member. “This was a wonderful project when it was started more than twenty years ago and, although it stalled somewhat due to unforeseen circumstances, we are so happy to have been able to work with the volunteer who had a lot to do with the original vision—Dan McKay—and build on it with our Ducks Unlimited Canada and Haldimand County partners.”

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m., with an official welcome at 11:00 a.m. Volunteer tour guides and guest educators will give visitors an opportunity to explore the Park’s revitalized wetlands and tallgrass prairie, as well as the Carolinian arboretum, and learn about the history and significance of the Park from an ecological and conservation perspective. As well, the Park is now home to a Heritage Tree, estimated to be more than 250 years old and newly-designated by Forests Ontario.

DHS’s request to complete the original vision of the DBA was a project approved through Haldimand County’s Community Partnership Program, including grant funding of 35% from the municipality.

As well, for more than twenty years, the County had partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) to manage the parklands. For the new restoration DUC provided resource funding to support wildflower replanting—for the next five years—of the grassland area. This work was initiated in spring 2019 following a controlled burn of the area arranged by DHS.

Other work undertaken by the partners during the past year to help prepare the site for the restoration included the spraying late last year for invasive phragmites, removal of dead and unsafe trees in the arboretum, brushing of overgrown areas, creation of a new naturalized pathway around the wetlands and tallgrass prairie, a controlled burn to rejuvenate the area intended for wildflower replanting and installation of educational signage along the Eco-Centre pathways.

“It has been incredibly gratifying to have the opportunity to work with the Dunnville Horticultural Society and its wonderful volunteers to realize the Dunnville Bio Region Association’s original vision for this Park,” adds Dan McKay. “I am excited by the community’s interest and engagement in the new project, and feel confident this is only the beginning of the ongoing conservation of this ecologically-significant Park.”

Thompson Creek Park Opening Flyer