Dunnville Horticulture Society

Controlled Burn Scheduled for April 2019 As Part of Thompson Creek Parkland Restoration Project

In May 2018, Haldimand County Council awarded an $11,550 community partnership grant to the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) to bring the Thompson Creek Parkland Restoration Project to fruition. Part of this Haldimand County-DHS-Ducks Unlimited Canada partnership project requires that a controlled burn be conducted on the parkland adjacent to Robinson Road. The burn will take place in April 2019 (weather dependent).

The Thompson Creek Parkland Restoration Project aims to rehabilitate the wetlands and grassland, create naturalized walkable pathways and establish a Carolinian Arboretum Education Centre/outdoor classroom. The purpose of the controlled burn is to clear the grassland site of accumulated debris, halt the growth of invading shrubs and rejuvenate the native tallgrass ecosystem.

Controlled burns are deliberately set, carefully planned and controlled fires that consume ground level fuels like dried leaves, cured grass, needles and fallen/downed woody debris. The practice is a widely-used and recognized scientific method of controlling non-fire tolerant invasive species, allowing for growth and regeneration of naturally-occurring historical grasslands and fire-tolerant tree species.

The controlled burn has been carefully planned in consultation with Haldimand County Emergency Services, with public safety at the forefront. Lands & Forests Consulting has been contracted to oversee the burn with a team of highly-trained, experienced and nationally-certified wildland firefighters. Haldimand County Emergency Services will be on site for the duration of the burn, with Dunnville Station 9 on standby with equipment to assist if firefighting efforts are required.

The exact date of the controlled burn has not been confirmed, as weather and wind conditions will dictate the best time. Haldimand County will post updates regarding the timing of the burn via HaldimandCounty.ca and its social media channels.

Every effort will be made to make sure impacts from the controlled burn are minimized, however, if conditions change during the burn, neighbouring residences, schools and businesses may be affected. To prevent exterior smoke from entering your home, or in the event of exterior smoke entering your home or facility, please:

  • Refrain from outside activities like yard work and do not let your children play outside;
  • Check the Air Quality Index for your area (available on all weather-related websites, such as
    Environment Canada). If there is a high risk in your area, it is best to stay indoors;
  • Make sure you stay inside if local authorities advise those in your area to do so;
  • Close your windows and fireplace dampers to keep out the smoke; and,
  • Turn off air conditioners and HVAC systems.

More information about the Thompson Creek Parkland Restoration Project will be released once preliminary work on the site has been completed. Residents with questions or concerns about the controlled burn are encouraged to consult the Q&A document. All updates regarding the burn will be posted on the Haldimand County website and social media channels.

DHS March Update

By Deb Zynomirski

To The Haldimand Press

Calling all Leprechauns! It is almost time to get your green on! If we can’t quite see green in our lawns and gardens, then our green sweaters, hats and gloves will have to suffice. We have made it through the coldest months with those short daylight hours and now we can look forward to milder temperatures and the reawakening of spring.

Our Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) had a wonderful program night on February 21, welcoming Dr. Janice Gilbert who shared much on getting rid of those invasive phragmites. Fifty-two people signed in to share in a great evening. Tina Janssen donated three bunches of Siberian irises, won by Betty Balanger, Rose Marie Bosak, and Tony Daly.


Dan Mckay, DHS lead on the Thompson Creek Project & Janice Gilbert, of IPCC Invasive Phragmites Control

Next month is our Early Bird Draw for members who buy their 2019 membership on or before March 21, so make sure to come early to do so. At just $10 ($15 for a couple), it is great value. Our guests that evening will be Troy and Kelly Bowers of Moodie Bees, and Natalie Hahn speaking “All About the Bees”. This important topic is sure to be of interest to many.

At DHS we are gearing up for a busy spring of planting, weeding, and tending our town flowerbeds. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. Join us and see what our club is all about. You are sure to make new friends and learn something great … not to mention enjoy some excellent refreshments.

So, come on out to our next Program Night! The DHS meets every third Thursday of the month at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St. from 7 to 9 p.m., or visit us online at our Facebook page or website


For questions or comments, contact myself at 416-566-9337 or at debzyn@gmail.com.

            Deb Zynomirski is the president of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

DHS 2018 Year in Review

All I can say is “Well Done Everyone!! Together another banner year.”

-Our membership is at 234

-With 21 Jr Gardeners and a successful partnership with Hald 4H

-DHS is proud to recognize 5 new life members this year with a total of 10

-Our monthly programs continue to draw no less than 69 in attendance, some programs double that- proving they are relevant, enjoyable and something worthwhile to continue

-We have continued to grow partnerships within the community through our projects and activities; Dunnville High school student volunteers..giving out our first bursary this year

-We had the assistance of the Scouts & Cubs, Community Living and Dunnville Christian School weeding beds this year along with our dedicated members

-We partnered with Heritage Haldimand to designate the large Norway Maple as a Heritage tree in the New Waterfront park  and installed a permanent marker.

-Businesses, Community groups and residents believe in us, as seen in our strong financial position and community engagement

-Enabling us to add a new bench in Wingfield Park, 2 new nautical art enhancements, the restoration of the anchor and bed including a new historical plaque, concrete edging and new plantings around the new Dunnville sign

– Not to mention keeping up with our regular activities and projects

-And of course the yet to be completed Thompson Creek Eco Park Restoration

-We continue to think of ways to be environmentally responsible by planting more perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs each year reducing the need for excessive watering and keeping our costs down

-We look for ways each year to try and reduce our volunteers time and labour – by using thick mulches where we can, by eliminating annuals in some beds and by ensuring the annuals planted are of the type and done in a way that will spread choking out weeds

-DHS undertakes the care of all 24 beds and planters, along with 32 pots throughout the town of Dunnville. It’s unheard of for single Hort Society to take on so much each year.


Closing remarks

The Lifeblood of any organization is in its membership. Without you, DHS couldn’t take on or complete the many beautification projects. Your continued participation  keeps our programs meaningful and sustainable. You ensure the future of DHS.

On behalf of your 2018 DHS Board “ Thank you” we are so grateful for your ongoing support and confidence.

If you our members are the Lifeblood, your DHS  Board is certainly the Heart and Soul of this organization. This group of committed individuals gives so much of themselves. Putting in countless hours of time and labour, even pulling in their unwitting families to assist on large scale projects needing a boost in manpower. I am so grateful and happy to report that no one has jumped ship. All are returning for 2019 under the sound  and charismatic leadership of Deb Zynomirski.

-by Debbie Thomas, outgoing DHS Pres.


-photo taken by Kim Christoff
Dunnville Horticultural Society volunteers were not letting the rain dampen their efforts last week,
as they decorated the town pots and planters for winter. Just in time for the River Arts Festival.
pictured L-R Deb Zynomirski, Leonard Wolters, Nelly Engelage, Gloria Hunter, Denise Richardson, Debbie Thomas and Kim Christoff absent from picture Jason Richardson. Submitted by Debbie Thomas, DHS Pres.

Hamilton Mum Show, Oct. 27

DHS members are invited to attend the Hamilton Mum show, taking place on Saturday October 27th. The cost of the bus is being subsidized by the DHS, which means tickets are selling for only $10 per person! Yes, that is right, only $10 for a great day out! This includes the bus, your admission to the show and of course, great entertainment on the ride! But tickets are limited so you’ll want to get yours on program night, Sept. 20th, when they first go on sale.

Summer 2018 Projects

Debbie Thomas


Summer updates: The plaques finally added to the 2  benches installed in Centennial Park last year, as part of the 150th project.
New Heritage Plaque replaced at the Dunnville Anchor in Wingfield Park- original sign long gone,  we used original wording and installation location. Plaque includes DHS logo and Hald County’s logo as part of CPP project.
 The Anchor refurbishment project finally complete now. Thanks to Dunnvile Silo (Ed Zylstra) for providing labour and materials for this project ( new garden cloth and 2 tones of potato stone)
Also added DHS  identification plaques to the 2 benches either side of anchor, as were purchased by DHS as part of a previous refurbishment.

2018 ADULT FUN FALL FLOWER SHOW Thursday Oct 18th Program night

*NOTE: only one entry per person per category. 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize for ANNUALS AND PERENNIAL categories*
 1. annuals       3 stems per vase
 2. perennials   including roses, only 1 stem or spray per vase
3. Veggies a. the longest cucumber
b. the largest tomato
4. Unusual veggies. Show us any new and unusual veggies you grew this year
Lets Have Some Fun
Hang it high: a swag (wall hanging only) or wreath (your choice) of autumn flowers, foliage, fruit, veggies, grasses…..or a mix of all of them.
Hats off to Gardening.: decorate a hat using only veggies and grasses
Happy Halloween: fright night…the scariest pumpkin

Letter to the Editor

Debbie Thomas
Vandalism of public property
      All I can say is unbelievable, heart breaking and disheartening to a group of dedicated community volunteers.
Just last week Tuesday, Dunnville Horticultural Society volunteers completed a project to enhance the town beds.
Two nautical themed public art pieces were constructed with the donation a telephone pole, from Hines Electric and Marine rope from Vic Powell. Two cast steel geese that had been broken off different town locations 2 years ago were re purposed to sit upon the newly created nautical structures.
     Volunteers from DHS worked very hard to design, create and build these feature pieces. Only to discover Sat morning when they arrived to commence planting the town beds with annuals, that sometime Friday evening after 9pm an individual(s) thought that destruction of something beautiful for all to enjoy, would give them some sort of rush, satisfaction by destroying public property.
 One of the cast steel geese had been removed from its perch on the East side of the Dunnville Bridge bed.
      I cannot tell you how upset and disenchanted  my group is, this happened within days of being done. DHS is a group of volunteers that put countless hours of their own time and sweat equity into beatifying Dunnville, only to have their hard work thoughtlessly disrespected and blatantly ruined.  Shame on who ever did this!! If the goose is not at the bottom of the Grand River, consider its return. This act of vandalism however, will not prevent DHS volunteers from continuing their work beautifying the town of Dunnville.