Dunnville Horticulture Society

January Program Night Minutes

January 16, 2020 DHS Program Night Minutes
Optimist Club Hall, Dunnville
By: Petra Kruis Daly

A Welcome by DHS President Deb Zynomirski at 7:01pm was given to all attending the evening, Deb then introduced a few topics:
Everyone is asked to sign in at the entrance, they are also encouraged to purchase the ‘Ways and Means’ tickets at the back of the hall, and to purchase memberships for 2020.
Our new volunteer student Brian Liberty was introduced, he will be helping with the audio/visual equipment.
Treasurer’s Report is posted on the back wall, any questions are to be directed to Sharon Sykes, Treasurer.
October minutes are on the back of the agenda and previously emailed to members.

Deb Z then made the following announcements:
Congratulations and welcome to our newest Board Members:
Susan Emery
Angela Latham
Colleen O’Reilly
Sharon Sykes, Treasurer
Look out for the upcoming issue of OHA’s Trillium Magazine (online edition),for an article on our Thompson Creek project submitted by Debbie Thomas.
Also check out the Sachem articles continued by Marlene Link, as well as Haldimand Press articles by Lester Fretz.
Canada Blooms event in Toronto at the Enercare Centre is during March, 13-22, details on the bulletin board at the back.DHS has no planned trip this year
Nelly E was asked to come up and she thanked those who brought snacks for tonight: Wray M, Jenny E, Martha G and Anna O. The following members volunteered to bring snacks for the February Program night: Susan M, Beth P, MaryEllen P and Evelyn W. Thanks were given to all those who volunteer in this capacity.

Deb Z then announced that our break would begin, and for the next 10 minutes everyone was encouraged to take refreshments and snacks, as well as purchase tickets for the Ways and Means, which helps cover the cost of the hall rental each month.

At 7:26pm Deb Z called the meeting to order and introduced the panel of Lester Fretz, Petra Kruis Daly, and herself, who will briefly speak of a variety of garden topics and answer questions from the floor.

After an informative and lively discussions about gardening, Deb Z thanked the panel, then made a few final announcements:
The annual ‘Quint Night’ will be held at the legion on Feb 19. Anyone interested in attending should contact Deb Z. ( $20 per person dinner and speakers).
Topics for the Program nights this year are as follows:
February: Orchids
March: Gardening with climate change
April: Earthgen: Unusual Native trees
May: Mushrooms and Fungi
June: Pollinators: How pollination works.
September: On the Trail Of Monarchs
October: Terrariums
November AGM: Porch Pots

Deb Z then wished everyone a good evening and hoped to see all at February’s Program night. Ways and Means tickets were drawn and winners claimed their prizes.

Talleys for tonight: Guests in attendance:53
Kitchen donations: $57.40
Ways and Means:$61
Memberships sold:$290.00

November Pot Luck and AGM

Annual General Meeting
November 21st, 2019
Optimist Club Hall, Dunnville

Deb Z welcomed everyone to this year’s AGM and Christmas Potluck. She reminded everyone to purchase their raffle draw tickets to win one of the many wonderful donated prizes. She lead the singing of O Canada and welcomed Steve Elgersma to say grace before we began our dinner. Everyone was welcomed to enjoy a wonderful dinner and reminded to take a few minutes during your dinner to look at and vote for your favourite photos.
Just after 7pm, Deb Z called everyone’s attention to the front and gave them last chance to vote for their favourite photo. Deb called the AGM to order at 7:14. Brenda Z from the Optimist club and her two student volunteers were thanked for their assistance with setting out the meal. Amber Cuthbertson from District 9 was welcomed. Thank you to the members for being a part of this great organization, volunteering and participating in many ways. Deb called Kim C forward to present the continuous service pins. 5 year pins: George Admiral, Susan Allen, Keith Bak, Marie Bak, Rosemarie Bosak, Marg Bottrell, Mark Bottrell, Cheryl Brown, Darlene Bucsis, Letha Burden, Brenda DeRuiter, Herm De Ruiter, Kim Dickie, Mike Draaistra, Clara Draaistra, Ivan Ellison, Tom Henderson, Andy Hyma, Marion Kuiper-Lampman, Ben Lam, Denise Richardson, Sharon Sykes, Rod Thomas, Reg Wilson, Don Zynomirski, Alicia Stravinga 10 years: Darcy Christoff, Betty Clark, Cindy Huitema, Sue Mazi, Sam Visser, Marge Visser. Life Members: Ian Steel, Barb White.
2018 AGM Minutes were read by Petra, moved to accept by Cindy Huitema and seconded by Kim Dickie, it was passed. Treas. Kim Christoff came forward to present the 2019 financial statement. Lester Fretz motioned to accept this report, seconded by Steve Elgersma, passed. Cindy Huitema and Kim Dickie volunteered to audit the financial books for 2019, Bev Mclean and Betty Ballenger motioned to accept these ladies.
Deb Z introduced the 2019 board of directors and thanked specifically Denise Richardson, Lynn Loney and Marilyn Stavinga for their service and presented them each with a gift as they will be stepping down. She then continued with year review, recapping the large projects and many other activities and events DHS was involved in over the year. She thanked Debbie Thomas for all her work with several of these projects. She thanked Lester Fretz and Marlene Link who regularly write articles for the local papers and reviewed the several awards we have won.
Amber Cuthbertson came forward and asked for a motion to approve the disbandment of the 2019 board, Betty Ballenger moved and Gwen VanNatter seconded. Amber announced the installation of the new 2020 board of directors: Deb Zynomirski, Debbie Thomas, Kim Christoff, Petra Kruis Daly, Gloria Hunter, Nelly Engelage, Wray McLean, Sharon Sykes, Colleen O’Reilly, Angela Latham, Susan Emery
Deb Z then began a ‘non-expert’ slideshow on ‘Houseplants 101’. Since the guest speaker was suddenly unable to attend, Deb put together a simple informative slideshow on houseplants. After the informative lesson on house plants, the Raffle Draw prizes were drawn, Winners are: Petra KD, Anna O’Brian, Sarah Brown, Evelyn Wardell, Joan King, Denise Richardson, Kim Dickie, Pat Henderson, Velma Smith, Cindy Huitema, Larry P, Debbie Thomas, Brad Emery, Kim Dickie, Val A, Gloria Hunter, Richard Edgar, Marlene Link, Debbie Thomas, Petra KD, Denise Richardson, Susan Milligan, Bev Mclain, Angela Latham
Our raffle prizes were donated by many community businesses, which we wish to thank, and hope people visit these businesses: Deb’s Cuisine, Art Rocks and Healing Yoga, Grand Erie Home Hardware, The Music Room, Uncle Bob’s Workware, Grand Wellness, DeeAnn’s, A&W, Blooming Designs, Home Accents, Heatherston’s Florist, Sweet Retro-spect, Rexall, Dunnville Paint and Decorating, New Amsterdam, Houser Automotive, KFC, Canadian Tire, Barnwood Wine, Ruffins, Towne Café, Stefanie’s Hair Care, Only Place on Earth, House of Plus, Hunter’s Haven BnB.
Gloria Hunter announced the winners of the Photo Contest: Winter: Cheryl Brown, Spring: Lester Fretz, Summer: Marylou Johnson Fall: Gwen Van Natter. Each winner was presented with a $10 gift certificate donated by Small Dimensions.
Nelly then sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas “ to everyone and a safe drive home.

October Program Night 2019

DHS Program Night October 17/19 Minutes by Ellen Guenther

Arriving Early birds received gift bags left over from the Fall forum. ☺

Kim C welcomed everyone . Deb Z and Debbie T are attending the Haldimand County Recognition night tonight. DHS is nominated in the category of Community Project under $10,00 for the revitalization of the Floral Clock, and the Heritage award for the Heritage tree in Thompson Creek. Our youth volunteer – Shawnasy Thomas is up for youth volunteer. Good luck for these awards.
Kim also encouraged everyone to go out and see the Floral Clock if they have not already seen it.

A DHS bursary ($500) was given to Kelly Ruigrok at the DSS Commencement ceremony on Oct 11.

The District 9 Fall forum was held Sept 27. The hall looked stunning ! Thanks Marilyn,…and all the volunteers. Also thanks to all that donated baked goods, assisted with set-up/take down, and members that attended. Debbie Thomas received the District 9 service award.

Congratulations to all involved in the Thompson Creek project. A very successful Grand Opening was held Sept 25. 600-800 school children and many members of the public walked the site. Thompson Creek Elementary, Dunnville Christian School and Dunnville High School competed and won a 3-way tie for the School challenge- each school will have a Carolinian tree planted on their school grounds. A big shout out to Debbie Thomas and Dan McKay who co-chaired the project. Also thanks to Richard Egger for driving the people mover provided by Egger truck and Machine.

DHS annual flower bed clean up is this Saturday (Oct19) starting at 9 AM. Please meet at the bridge parking lot. We will be pulling all the annuals. Mike Lessard from Jeff’s Outdoor will be on hand again this year with his large landscape trailer to load and take away all plant material. Dress for the weather, wear gloves and bring any appropriate tools if you have any. The more volunteers the better – usually takes 2 hours .

Also on Saturday- Linda Maggio has offered Siberian Iris’s from her garden- If you would like some, see Kim for her phone number.

DHS Board elections for 2020 are next month. Please consider joining the board! Ask current board members if you have any questions about what is involved.

Next month is our Pot Luck – AGM meeting and election. Arrive early 6 pm. Bring your own serving dishes and cutlery for the food – Plates and cutlery for eating will be provided by the hall. Photo Contest- 4X6 photos , Categories- 4 seasons, 1 entry per person per category. Note**** Horticultural Theme please –no birds/animals etc. Remember to bring food for the Food Drive, and cash for the Penny Sale! There will also be Member Length of Service Awards
Any ideas for a speaker- call Deb Z. Our scheduled speaker could not attend. Refreshment volunteers for January- Jennie Elgersma, Martha Glaw, Anna O’Brian, Ray MacLean. Kim was on high alert during the meeting because her daughter is in labor for Kims 2nd grandchild – congratulations!

Refreshment break
Kim welcomed everyone to help themselves to the wonderful refreshments. The winners of the Pumpkin Carving contest was announced- only two entries this year: Marilyn Stavinga – Best Carved Pumpkin, Alicia Stavinga – Best Decorated Pumpkin.

Our Speaker : Raj Gill – Great Lakes program director of “Canadian Freshwater Alliance”
A national initiative that works with community groups to help facilitate communication/fundraising and help amplify local voices . At the end of her presentation, asign up sheet was provided by the speaker for the “Lake Erie Newsletter”. Her Website : freshwateralliance.ca

Marilyn and Alicia donated their decorated pumpkins and our speaker Raj chose the winners: Tina Jansson and Josie Wagner.

Kim wished everyone a wonderful evening and passed the mic to Betty to announce Ways and Means winners.

September Program Night

DHS Program Night September 18 2019
Minutes by Ellen Gunther and Petra Kruis-Daly
Deb Z welcomed everyone to our Program evening after enjoying a beautiful summer. A special welcome was given to our Junior Gardeners, their families and the leaders. Because this evening is also the 4-H Garden Club’s achievement night, River Ballent lead the 4-H pledge with all the other members.
· Deb mentioned that condolences have been made to the Konkle Family with the passing of Mary Konklel. A celebration of life will be this Saturday. See the bulletin board for more information.
· The treasurer’s Report, the sponsor/donor lists and all other events are posted on the back wall. June’s minutes is on the reverse of tonight’s agenda.
· Dates to remember:
– Wed. Sept. 25- Thompson Creek Eco Centre Grand Opening. This event is from 10 am to 2pm with the Ribbon cutting at 11am- Rain or shine. (Thank you to Debbie Thomas and Dan McKay for spearheading this wonderful project)
– Fri. Sept. 27- Fall Forum, hosted by DHS. Everyone is invited to attend. $15.00 per person, which includes lunch. It is our 90th year and so it is extra special that our club is hosting. Registration is at 8:30am for photo contest entries. Morning coffee, tea, water and refreshments will be provided by DHS. The morning program runs from 10 to 1pm. Lunch is be served at 12:30. The guest speaker that day is Kevin Kavanagh, speaking about “The Evolving Garden: selection of native plants for long term success”. The District 9 Presidents Meeting will follow the conclusion of the Fall Forum.
– Sat. Oct. 19 – DHS Clean up Day. Everyone is invited to come out at 8am to help clean the town flower beds. Jeff’s Outdoor (Mike Lessard and son Caleb) will be providing their truck/trailer again for removing the old vegetation.
· Debbie Thomas gave everyone a quick update on the Thompson Creek Eco Center. There will be a School Challenge encouraging all local schools to visit day of Grand Opening.( The School with most signed in students, to be awarded a Carolinian tree planted at their school). A ‘People mover’ will be available for those that can’t walk the 1.5KM Tallgrass Prairie and Wetland complex trail.. Richard Egger will be driving and Roger Eggers Truck and Machine Ltd is providing it. Debbie thanked members and asked everyone to come out and share in the success of this DHS project.
· Thank you to all our 2019 weeders. Thanks to Nelly for organizing them all. Keep up the great work until clean up day. Deb Z asked all weeders to have beds looking nice the day of the Fall Forum when Dist 9 Societies arrive in town.

· Deb spoke about the unveiling of the new Floral Clock Storyboard, this is due to be installed in the next 2 weeks.
· Members are to check their email addresses to ensure DHS has the correct ones. Past members will be removed from the mailing list.
· A suggestion Box is available at the back of the room for all your great ideas.
· The November AGM is only 2 months away. Deb encouraged everyone to consider a role on our Board. Open positions include Vice President and general board seats. This is also our Christmas Potluck evening.
· The Members Only Garden Tour was a big hit. Thank you to the 6 gardens that were open: Marlene Link, Tammy Link, Jacob Kelly, Gloria Hunter, Beth Powell and Ken Sherwood, Petra Kruis-Daly. This was the first time we had a fall garden tour.
· Deb asked for volunteers to bring refreshments for next month’s meeting. Colleen, Marie, Muriel and Clara. Volunteers for refreshments for the Fall Forum: Cindy, Muriel, Ray, Mary, Sharon, Pat H, Kim C and Darlene B.
4-H /Junior Gardeners Fall Flower and Vegetable Show Awards: Thank you to volunteer judges Kathy Huit and Colleen O’Reilly.
· 4-H leaders: Rita Vandervliet & Gwen Schaeffer along with DHS Jr. Gardener chair Debbie Thomas presented the awards:
– Largest Sunflower: 1st: Ben Knelsen, 2nd: Christopher Reynolds, 3rd: Caitlyn Thompson
– Vegetable Critter: 1st: Caitlyn Thompson, 2nd: Morgan Schaeffer, 3rd: Jai-Lyn Bentley
– Pumpkins decorated: 1st: Morgan Schaeffer, 2nd: Matthew Schaeffer, 3rd: Kaitlyn Thompson
– Bird House: 1st: Morgan Schaeffer, 2nd: River, Ballent 3rd: Jai-Lyn Bentley
– Photos: 1st: Olivia Mattice, 2nd: Christopher Reynolds, 3rd: Caitlyn Thompson
· The Judy Jeffrey Award was presented to Ben Knelson. All Jr Gardeners were given a DHS Youth Certificate, along with a voucher donated from A&W for a mama burger combo· Debbie presented both Rita and Gwen with flower bouquets donated by Windecker Woods Flower Farm, for their time and commitment to the DHS/ 4H JR Gardener Program Partnership. They both will be stepping down as will Debbie T. Members were asked to consider volunteering to chair JR Gardeners in 2020
· The OHA- Community Partnership Award was given to DHS at this years AGM for the work done in Centennial Park. This award was accepted recently by Deb Z and Debbie T in Windsor.
Refreshment Break:
Deb welcomed everyone to help themselves to the wonderful refreshments brought in by the 4-H group. Also to purchase tickets from Betty B for the Ways and Means. As well, everyone should check out the flower/vegetable entries by the 4-H’ers
After some technical challenges, Deb and Morgan finally got the slide show set up for Mark Zelinski. Mark is a world renowned photographer. He presented a series of slides of his photo books depicting images from all over the world, but specifically ‘Turtle Island” and the Niagara Escarpment. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Mark donated two of his books, the winners were Anna O’Brien and Susan Milligan. Members were encouraged to purchase from a selection of Mark’s books at the back of the room.
Deb wished everyone a wonderful evening and gave the mic to Betty to announce Ways and Means winners.
Meeting adjourned 9:10pm
Tonight’s tallies: Ways and means: $49.25. Kitchen donations: $54.45. Members and guests signed in: 90

June Program Night 2019

DHS June Program Night
Thursday June 20 2019
Minutes by Petra Kruis Daly and Ellen Guenther

Petra opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests. She reminded everyone of fire exits, signing in on the ‘Sign in Sheet’, both for safety reasons, and for a chance to win a draw prize. She then spoke about old business:
• The Treasurer’s report is listed at the back of the room for everyone’s perusal, other news and information is also posted.
• The minutes of the May Program night are on the back of tonight’s agenda.
• She encouraged members to remember the following dates:
• September 14, Fall Members only garden tour (9AM to 4 PM) Gardens to be announced.
• September 18, Thompson Creek Eco Centre Grand Opening. (10 am till 2 ish)
• September 27, District 9 Fall Forum hosted by DHS. Everyone welcome to come. Remember to take pictures for the Photo contest.
Due to technological issues we could not see the video message made by Deb Z, who is away at a conference this evening.

1. Members Discounts: now open new owners- Potting Shed 10% off live goods
*Canadian Tire 5% off live plants-currently all garden stock up to 50% off end of season sale
*Garden Gallery, holding Dunnville Senior Supports Garden Party Sat 22 annual fundraiser.
*Others- no harm to ask, show your membership card
2. Please check your email addresses, if they have changed in the last year, let Kim know.
3. Muddy clean up is Wed June 26. 10am All are welcome to come help.
4. N.O.T.L Garden Tour. Sat July 6. All welcome. Check out the website for more info.
5. Floral Clock and Thompson Creek are coming along well, no news to report.
6. Suggestion Box is at the back table. Continue to add ideas-all are read and considered.
7. Nelly made a short announcement thanking weeders (all weeders given a donated McDonalds meal coupon) Nellie asked for a few more volunteers to assist with weeding.
All weedeers asked to remove spent tulips and irises from their beds.
8. Refreshment Volunteers were thanked for bringing in treats for tonight : Joan King, Kim Christoff, Mary Ellen Page, Pauline Phillips.
9. Gloria reminded us to start taking pictures for our Photo contest at our November AGM (as well as for the September District 9 Fall Forum)

Petra welcomed everyone to enjoy some refreshments and Purchase Ways and Means Tickets, then meet back in 10 minutes.Petra then introduced our Guest Speaker: Loretta Shields of ‘Caring for our Backyard Birds”. Who spoke about the best way to attract and keep interesting and wonderful birds in your backyard. Petra thanked Loretta for her very interesting presentations. Loretta then assisted in drawing two names for the door prizes. The Lavender pot (Donated by The Potting Shed) went to Darlene Bucsis. And the beautiful gourd bird feeder (grown/carved & donated by Angela Latham ) went to Frank Phillips. Petra reminded everyone that our many exciting events in September are happening before our September Program night, so we will all have to remember on our own. To watch for emails from Kim as dates approach, and to check our website for updates. Next Program night is September 19. Mark Zelinski will speak on “How to Photograph Flowers, Plants, Gardens and Landscapes” Also our Annual Flower and Vegetable show and Awards night for Junior Gardeners/4H kids. 4H will be providing our refreshments. Petra wished everyone a safe drive home, and a wonderful summer break.

Attendance for the night-76 people signed in. Ways and Means raised a total of $74.00 and the kitchen donation tin raised: $63.00

May Program Night Minutes 2019

May Program Night
May 16 2019
Our President Deb Z welcomed the 78 members and guests out this evening, especially new people. She explained that the video playing was from the recent ‘burn’ done at the Thompson Creek Project.
She reminded everyone to help themselves to beverages as well as purchase ‘Ways and Means’ tickets. The money from this goes to help pay for the rental of the hall. At the back of the hall are a variety of items. Newspaper clippings, coming events, etc for members to read.
She reminded everyone about important dates coming up:
• Planting day is May 25 at 8am. Volunteers are needed to help plant that morning. Please sign up at the back of the room. Bring your gardening gloves and trowels.
• Mayor’s Gala is the evening of May 25. Volunteers are needed to help that evening.
• Fall members only garden tour: Sept 14th
• Fall Forum is Sept 27th.
• Summer weeding. Volunteers are needed to take care of the flower beds in town all summer/fall. Please sign up to take care of a bed. Speak to Nelly (our weeding coordinator) if you have questions.
Thompson Creek Project Update: Ducks unlimited regularly has fundraising dinners, Deb represented DHS at the most recent dinner and showed those attending what DHS is doing at Thompson Creek. Wild flower seeds are going to be planted as soon as the land dries out. Signage for this project is being prepared and will be installed by the fall. The ‘Grand Opening’ will happen in the fall on Sept 18 2019.
Gloria thanked Leitha, Rose Allen, Pat Anderson, Ellen Gunther for bringing in tonight’s amazing snacks. Gloria asked for June snack volunteers which are: Joan King, Kim Christoff, Pauline Phillips, MaryEllen Page, Cheryl Brown.
Guest Speaker: Adam Koziol from Earthgen, was introduced by Deb Z. He spoke about the interesting topic of Truffels. After a very informative 45 minutes, Deb asked Nelly to draw 10 names to win the Rose Draw. The winners are:
1. Betty Ballenger
2. Evelyn Wardell
3. Reg Wilson
4. Joan King
5. Gloria Hunter
6. Barb White
7. Hellen Eddle
8. Dan McKay
9. Kim Dickie
10. Larry Page
Deb Z reminded everyone again to sign up to volunteer. Next month Loretta Shields will be talking about backyard birds and how to keep them. She thanked everyone for coming tonight, especially those who are on the board, who help behind the scenes. Susan and Morgan who help with Tech. Ways and Means draws then took place, which raised a total of $70.45 for this evening. The kitchen donation tin raised $78.60. The last few remaining plants from the plant sale were sold and brought in an extra $57.00

April Program Night Minutes

Thursday April 18th 2019 Minutes by Petra Kruis-Daly

The evening began with Deb Z welcoming everyone, reminding them of washrooms, sign in sheet and general housekeeping items. First the business will be conducted then, during the break make everyone welcome to get their snacks for the movie, get your ways and means tickets and purchase your memberships if you haven’t done so.

1. Deb Z spoke briefly about the Lions ‘Home and Garden’ show happening today and Saturday, DHS has a booth and she encouraged everyone to check it out.
2. The ‘information board’ that has information about our events was pointed out, please check it out at the back of the room.
3. District 9 spring forum on April 27. Carpooling is available, sign up at the sheets at the back of the room.
4. Plant sale is May 11th. 7am to noon. If anyone is working in their gardens, remember to pot any plants you are splitting as we are happy to get them to raise money. Garden art/items will be a welcome donation as well. Sign up sheets at the back of the room for anyone willing to help set up the plant sale on the Friday evening before, or helpers to sell at the plant sale on the Saturday.
5. Planting day is May 25, everyone is welcome to sign up and help out that morning 8am until done. Sign up sheet at the back of the room.
6. Please give us ideas for program nights or other things we can do in our club, suggestions can be put in the ‘suggestion box’ at the sign in table. We take suggestions very seriously and often act on those suggestions, such as having our garden tours in the fall rather in early spring.
7. Debbie T spoke about the Floral Clock. The design process is happening. The original water tower and information on the original clock will be our/DHS focus as Haldimand Heritage inquired/as to no overlaps. They are in process with plans to install other story boards throughout/along new park paths. (Wingfield/Waterfront park).
8. Thompson Creek is moving ahead. The controlled burn will hopefully happen in the next few weeks. It all depends on weather/wind conditions. It does need to be done before birds start to nest in the area. A map at the back of the room shows the prescribed burn location. Following the burn, Ducks Unlimited Canada will be planting over $40,000 in wildflower seeds/forbes in the area. A partnership with DHS/Hald County/DUC will provide funding over the next 5 years to be used in the Tallgrass/Wetland area.
9. Deb Z asked for the Board members to stand and be acknowledged for all the hard work they do before and after DHS events/programs.
10. Susan Stadler was thanked for her help with taking over the website and working all the technology during program nights.
11. Once again, we were selected to be a recipient of the Mayor’s Gala. Last time we received approx $10,000. In order to get this money, we need volunteers to help in the days ahead to set up and work the event. More information on this will be coming.
12. Deb welcomed everyone to get prepared for the movie by getting popcorn, candy, drinks as well as purchasing ways and means tickets.
13. Deb introduced the movie “The Gardener” , A Documentary about Frank Cabot who created a beautiful garden oasis on his estate ‘Les Quatre Vents” in the Charlevoix region in Quebec.
14. After the movie finished, everyone was wished a safe drive home, and ways and means tickets were drawn.

March Program Night Minutes 2019

March Program Night Minutes by Petra Kruis Daly
Deb Z opened the meeting by welcoming new comers, reminding everyone to sign in as they enter. She pointed out exits and restrooms as well.
• Treasurers report was pointed out as posted at the back of the hall, everyone is encouraged to take a look
• Minutes from last month are on the back of tonight’s agenda.
• Thank you to board members who sold memberships, especially to several new members.
• At the back of the room, those able, are encouraged to sign up to help at the Home and Garden show, The spring forum, and the summer weeding.
• Lester Frets then spoke, telling about his articles in the Haldimand Press. He is looking for people in the gardening community, who he can highlight in an article. Please give him your name if you have some interesting gardening technique he can feature.
• Haldimand Horticultural Club in Caledonai is having their seed exchange this Saturday, 9 -2pm at Micinnon Park SS.
• Thank you from Salvation army for the food that was collected in the fall for their food bank.
• Coupon from Grand Erie home hardware was given out to all members. Other sponsors also give discounts, please ask at checkouts if your membership gives you advantages.
• Dan McKay did a short update on Thompson Creek. The burn will happen soon. Volunteers are no longer needed for planting of the wild flowers. A weather station was sent to Dan and he has set it up so that the ideal date of the burn can be decided. As soon as the burn is complete, thousands of wild flowers will be planted. Signs are being designed and should be up by the end of the year. Dan has observed many people using the area already and so this is very exciting. For those unable to walk the trails, check out Google maps, an aerial view shows the trails clearly. The large white oak near the center of the grass area is about 260 yrs old, a story board will show all the things this tree has seen in the changes of the town.
• Deb reminded everyone of next month’s program. The movie ‘The Gardener’. Refreshments will be popcorn and other sweets. Gloria asked for snack volunteers for May 16th program night and they are; Ellen Guenther, Sharon Sykes, Leitha Burden, Rose Allen, Pat and Rosemary. Thanks to Evelyn Wardell, Denise Richardson, Vhelma Shirton, Marlin Stravinga, leitha Burden, Petra KruisDaly, Debbie Thomas and Murel Curry for the amazing snacks tonight.
• The clock update is ‘status quo’. The clock will be reworked into a story board about the history of Dunnville.
• The Horticulture Club sign on the Optimist club outdoor wall is going to be changed to reflect our new website.
• Muddy’s upkeep is the responsibility of the township. The DHS’s responsibility of the gardens below the mudcat, are complete.
Deb welcomed everyone to enjoy the refreshments, purchase tickets for the Ways and Means, and get a stretch before our speakers begin.
Deb introduced Troy Moodie and Kelly Bowers-Moodie from Moodie Bees, speaking about ‘All about the Bees’, an informative talk about starting your very own bee hive, and how to care for it. After a very informative session, Deb thanked our guest speakers

John Cookshank won the early bird draw of a gift certificate of $20 to Pothos. Betty and Gwen started drawing names for the ways and means.
Kitchen brought in: $57
Ways and Means brought in: $68
New memberships brought in: $240

February Program Night

Dunnville Horticultural Society
February Program Night
February 21 2019
Deb Z called the meeting to order at 7:03pm. She welcomed all new attendees and reminded everyone to sign in on the sheet by the door. She pointed out the exits and washrooms. A reminder to everyone to purchase both their memberships and tickets for Ways and Means. Memberships purchased before the March meeting, will be eligible for the early bird draw rose.
• Information including treasurers reports, news articles and our sponsors are posted on the bulletin board near main entrance; previous minutes are on reverse of agenda.
• Seedy Saturday is in Niagara on March 23, 10-3pm. St George church in St Catharines. On our March program night, we are having our own Seed Exchange. Please bring in your seeds to exchange then. Please identify.
• Our program brochure is out, Deb brought everyone’s attention to the April date for the Home and Garden show is incorrect. The date is actually April 19-20 Easter Weekend. The home show will be taking place on the Thursday April 18th and Saturday April 20th (not Easter Friday) Our own program night is the same Thursday, April 18th. Our program will be a movie night, complete with popcorn. A documentary; about a man who was an avid gardener his entire life.
• Quint night represents all the service clubs in Dunnville. Each Club highlights events or activities they have done, and will do in the coming year. Although the DHS is not considered one of the ‘Quint’ service clubs, we are always invited to present. Debbie and Dan did so that evening on the Thompson Creek Project. Muddy the mudcat, is to be getting a face lift this year, the Lionesses mentioned they will partner with Rotary on this. The floral clock should be done by the spring. The clock will become a showcase for Dunnville’s history rather than a working clock.
• Gloria thanked Susan Milligan, Angela Latham, Joan King, Helen Edl, Florence Zyomirski for bringing snacks tonight. The following people volunteered to bring snacks for March: Evelyn Wardell, Muriel Currie, Denise Richardson, Debbie Thomas, Petra Kruis-Daly.
• The spring forum will be held in Grimsby Saturday April 27. Topic will be creating a Pollinator garden as well as information on the Legacy Prairie Garden. People interested should get in touch with Deb Z so that carpools can be arranged.
• Dan McKay gave a short update on the Thompson Creek Wetland Project. He talked about signage, labels by trees, paths, the controlled burn of the Tallgrass Prairie this spring and planting of wild flowers (volunteers are needed to plant all these seeds: contact Debbie T or Dan Mckay if interested), a weather station, will monitor the area..
• Deb Z commented on how DHS undertakes massive projects and has had much success in the past many years on what we have accomplished. We should all be proud of all our efforts.
Break: Deb Z encouraged everyone to take a coffee and snack break as well as look over the information Dan McKay brought in about the Thompson Creek Project.
Speaker: Deb Z introduced Janice Gilbert a Wetland Ecologist. She spoke about invasive Phragmites and kept the audience captivated for 45 minutes. She encouraged everyone to be aware of Phragmites and make sure it is eradicated as soon as possible.
Business Continued:
• Deb thanked Dr Janice for her informative talk. Door prizes were given out, 3 bouquets were donated by Tina Janssen who got them from Rosa Flora, these were won by: Rosemary Bosak, Betty Ballanger and Tony Daly. Meeting was adjourned. Deb Z wished everyone a good evening and safe drive home.
• Ways and Means were drawn.
24 memberships were sold this evening bringing in $185
Kitchen brought in $25.85
Ways and Means brought in $50

January Program Night

Dunnville Horticulture Program Night
January 17, 2019. 7pm
Deb Z welcomed everyone to the evening’s program by wishing them all a Happy New Year. She gave a hearty hello to newcomers. Reminders to everyone to sign in every time for safety reasons, as well as periodic draws. There were 60 members signed in.

Please purchase membership for 2019. The price is only $10 per person. $15 per couple. Grants from OMAFRA are given based on membership numbers, so the more members the better! Last year we got $1500 as a membership grant for having over a 200 membership. Membership sales tonight were $285

Treasurer’s report, minutes from the AGM and other information is on the back bulletin board, please peruse this information during the break. Direct questions to any board member.

Gloria Hunter thanked Martha Glaw, Jenny Elgersma, Kim Dickie, Sharon Sykes, Letha Burden, Pat Henderson for bringing the wonderful treats for this evening’s snack table. Volunteers for next month are Susan Milligan, Hellen Edl, Joan King, Angela Latham, Florence Zynomirski. Other members were encouraged to sign up for other months for snack.

Several members passed away recently. Chris Pinnance, past president of the Optimist Club. Barb Whyte’s husband passed away. Mary VanOosten, a DHS life member.

Councillor Bernie Corbett is holding a Year In Review at the Dunnville Lifespan Centre, Jan 23 at 7pm. This will be open to the public for anyone wishing to hear about local activities.

Debbie T read a letter from the recipient of the DHS Scholarship: Riley McConachie, who thanked us for the generous scholarship gift that has enabled him to go to college in the field of Environmental Sciences..

The Floral Clock in Dunnville refurbishment was hoped to be completed by 2019, but due to various time constraints, we are not quite done. Various repairs have been done over the past decades.. The repairs to clock have been costly. After careful consideration and due to the site itself having changed over the years,the board has decided to repurpose the clock. plan. The Clock structure will become a large storyboard and will depict the history of the original water tower, the dam and the hydro electric dam and the Floral clock.. We to complete by spring.

Thompson Creek Project: the phragmites have been sprayed, working on cutting them down, a spring burn will take place in the tall grass area to remove the dead grass, encourage new growth. More work will be done on the pathways, and other work done on the under canopy, (removal of trees, brush, etc.) We are hoping that stage one will be all done by fall. New directional and educational signage will be added. Still having some trouble with motorized vehicles entering the protected area and rutting the new trail.

We will be hosting District 9 Forum. Members from 13 different society will be attending on September 27. We will be able to showcase our town and DHS. More details TBA.

Several positions need to be filled in our society. By the end of the meeting the following volunteers have stepped in to help: Marlene Link to become the new writer for the Sachem column replacing Sandi Marr.. She will be providing articles that discuss horticulture in various way. .Sharon Sykes has volunteered to be mentored by Kim and slowly take over the job of treasurer by 2020. Ellen Gunther has volunteered to fill in as recording secretary when Petra is absent. Susan Emory to assist with the website, taking over from Sandi Marr.

Quint night. All are welcome to attend on Feb 13. This is an evening where all the service groups gather to share all the great things that are done in our great town. Contact Deb Z if you are interested.

Deb then encouraged everyone to take a short break, purchase tickets at the Ways and Means, as well as get a snack and stretch their legs.

After the short break, Deb Z began the second half of the program by explaining how we like to keep our January program to showcase local speakers. If anyone has a skill or knowledge they would like to share, please speak to someone on the Board to set this up. We still have 2 program nights to fill for this year, contact Deb Z if you are willing, or know some interesting speaker. The following is the year’s program night speakers:
Feb: Phragmites- why and how they should be eradicated.
March: All about bees, starting your own hive
April: Movie. The Gardener. A documentary of a lifelong gardener.
May: Adam Koziel from EarthGen. Talking about growing truffles
June: Open still
September: Mark Zelinsky. An international photographer of gardens and plants
October: Raj Gill. Lake Erie Alive. Speaking on lobbying the government on taking care of our lakes and rivers.
November AGM: Open still

Deb Z then started her presentation on drying and pressing flowers, then introduced Petra who spoke of planting a cut flower garden.

Deb reminded the general membership again to offer up their knowledge by volunteering as a presenter at a program. A special thank you was said to the board members who always show up early to set up for the evening.

Deb closed the meeting at 8:30pm and wished everyone a great night. Ways and Means brought in $63.85 and the kitchen brought in $40.35