Dunnville Horticulture Society

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.
Business:
• 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.
Financial:
24 memberships were sold this evening bringing in $185
Kitchen brought in $25.85
Ways and Means brought in $50

Waxing Poetic Over Snowdrops

Columnist Marlene Link sings the praises of the little white flowers
Snowdrops will be popping up in gardens soon. – Cathie Coward

Oh Spring! Wherefore art thou? Which do I long for more? Watching for the first Snowdrops to appear, or getting my hands in the soil? Methinks I’ll watch for the Snowdrops as the ground is likely too cold to dig.

There are 20 varieties of Snowdrops but three are the most common: single white common, double, and a very early large variety. All three varieties have three slender leaves. Snowdrops propagate quickly and produce tiny bulblets. When planting in the fall, add compost, leaf mould or well rotted manure. In addition, they like a little moisture. I also enjoy Winter Aconites (Eranthis) which are a small yellow flower with green ruff.

Snowdrops can be found in literature and art as a sign of spring…let’s hope we start to see their beautiful faces soon!

Why not join other gardeners and would-be gardeners at our next Program Night on March 21? Our speakers will be Troy Moodie, Kelly Bowers and Natalie Hahn on “All About the Bees!” The Dunnville Horticultural Society meets every third Thursday at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St. From 7-9pm. Or visit us online at our Facebook page or website www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org For questions or comments, contact Deb Zynomirski (President) at (416) 566-9337 or debzyn@gmail.com.

 

– Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

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

November AGM and Potluck

Dunnville Horticulture Club             November Program November 15th 2018

Pres. Debbie Thomas opened the evening by warmly welcoming all 69 signed in guests to our annual Christmas Potluck. She began the night by introducing Morgan Yurcich, our new high school volunteer who will be helping DHS with all media at the Program nights. Deb Z then lead the singing of O Canada and Steve Elgersma eloquently said the blessing before dinner. Just before everyone lined up for the wonderful potluck, Deb Z explained how during the meal, everyone was encouraged to look at the beautiful photos in the Photo Contest, and how to vote during dinner. Also, everyone was encouraged to purchase tickets for the penny sale, the draws would take place later in the evening. During dinner everyone was welcomed to enjoy the cider tasting from Bain’s Road Cider Company. Geoff McDonald owner/operator would speak later in the evening.

Dinner began at 6:15

At 7:14 AGM called to order by Pres. Debbie Thomas.

New Life members Jan and Regina Loots, Mary Lou Johnston, and Hellen Edl were recognized.Continuous service pins were given out to Jim and Sandra Gill, Eric Hunter, Rob and Sandi Marr, Bev and Wray McLean, Jim and Gerda Smith for 5 years and the 10 year recipients were  Pam Blanchard, Kim Christoff, Barbara Davis, Maureen Jones and Gwen VanNatter.

Minutes from  November 15, 2017 AGM were read, and Betty Ballenger and Bev McLean motioned to approve the minutes.

The annual financial report was given by Treas. Kim Christoff, who also thanked Lorraine Stevens and Joan King for auditing DHS books for 2018. Kim Dickie and Joan King volunteered to be auditors for 2019.

Out going Pres Debbie Thomas gave an overview of 2018. Followed by heartfelt words of gratitude to all DHS members for being the Life blood of DHS, and to the DHS  Board for being the Heart and Soul.

Deb Zynomirski and Kim Christoff on behalf of DHS, thanked Debbie for her service, spoke of the many things DHS accomplished during her term and gave a parting gift.

Installation of 2019 Board of Directors followed. Officiated by Linda Olssen, Executive director from Dist 9.

The 2019 DHS Executive is: Deb Zynomirski (President), Debbie Thomas (Past President), Kim Christoff (Treasurer), Petra Kruis-Daly (Recording Secretary). Board members: Denise Richardson, Wray McLean, Lynn Loney, Marilyn Stavinga, Nelly Engelage and Gloria Hunter.

Deb Z officially took over duties as President, and assisted by Debbie, they drew the penny sale draw winners for the amazing donated prizes. Deb Z encouraged everyone to support all the local businesses.  Dunnville Paint & Decorating (Doris Thompson), Harmony House (Darlene Buscis), Durants (Larry Page & Peter Zyrominsk), Heatherton’s Florist (Debbie Thomas), Bob’s Place (Marlene Link), LVW Creative Barracks (Marilyn Stravinga), Uncle Bob’s (Cindy Huitema),Houser’s Automotive (Debbie Thomas), Pothos Restaurant (Larry Page), House of Plus (Marilyn Stavinga),KFC (Mike Draastra), Towne Café (Wyn Overend), Bev Mclean Glasswork (Cindy Huitema & John Wilson) Stephanie Hair Care (Gloria Hunter), Debb’s Cuisine (Beth Powell),  Rexall (Charlotte Huitema), Giant Tiger (Charlotte Huitema), A & W (Doris Thompson), Sweet Retro-Spect (Marlene Link), Blooming Designs (Donna Cavers), Dunnville Vet (Kim Christoff), Lang Calendar (Nelly Englege), Grand Wellness (Bev McLean), Gospel Lighthouse (Ellen Guenther), Ruffins (Susan Milligan),Grand Erie Hardware(Bev McLean), Grand Erie Garden Center (Pat Phillips), Sparkle Ladies Boutique (Michelle Zynomirski), Canadian Tire (Jan Loots), Good Looks( Bev McLean), Katrina Schmitz art (Linda Olssen). The evening’s Penny sale made $425.

Gloria Hunter announced the winners of the 4 season photo contest. Summer- Cindy Huitema, Fall-Nick Huitema, Winter-Gloria Hunter, Spring- Deb Zynomirski each  received a gift certificate donated from Small Dimensions.

Deb Z closed the evening  reminding everyone to take their food and containers home, to drive carefully and have a wonderful Christmas.