Dunnville Horticulture Society

Haldimand Press

Debbie Thomas, President

First up is the Annual plant sale Sat May 14, 8am till noon at the Optimist hall parking lot. Always a great selection of healthy perennials and annuals, with the addition of garden related art, and accessories providing something for everyone. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Anyone wishing to donate items for sale, drop off is Friday May 13th between 5-7pm at the Farmers market. Please have in pots and identify plant type and color. Plant sale is DHS biggest fundraiser!

Next up May 19th, DHS monthly program featuring, Lester Fretz a returning favorite, presenting on backyard greenhouses. Doors open 6:30pm meeting starts promptly at 7pm at the Optimist hall. Program is open to everyone, a membership is not required, also includes draws, refreshments, and friendly people all in one place.

April’s program had 91 sign in, a record for April. DHS attributes the great turn out to the membership drive held at the Lions Home Garden and Craft show this year, providing DHS amazing exposure to engage with the public.

Sat May 28th is another big day for DHS. Volunteers come out in full force to plant all Dunnville’s Public beds with over 200 trays of annuals donated once again from Konkle Greenhouses. Planting begins at 8am, volunteers are asked to meet at the parking lot by the bridge to receive direction. Please bring your own garden trowel and gloves. A green thumb is not required, just a willingness to help out.

DHS JR Gardeners group is gearing up for another exciting season. If you have a child between 6-14 that would like to plant their own garden, complete with scarecrow, one on one instruction, plants and seeds, to get started or attend optional workshops, please contact Margaret Bottrell 289 683-8850 or Judy Jeffery 905 701-4656. (program limited to 35 children).

Please Contact DHS President Debbie Thomas 905 774 3064 or Deb Zynomirski Vice Pres. 905 774 8453.

Busy Month Ahead for DHS

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

First up is the Annual plant sale Sat May 14, 8am till noon at the Optimist hall parking lot. Always a great selection of healthy perennials and annuals, with the addition of garden related art, and accessories providing something for everyone. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Anyone wishing to donate items for sale, drop off is Friday May 13th between 5-7pm at the Farmers market. Please have in pots and identify plant type and color. Plant sale is DHS biggest fundraiser!

Next up May 19th, DHS monthly program featuring, Lester Fretz a returning favorite, presenting on backyard greenhouses. Doors open 6:30pm meeting starts promptly at 7pm at the Optimist hall. Program is open to everyone, a membership is not required, also includes draws, refreshments, and friendly people all in one place. April’s program had 91 sign in, a record for April. DHS attributes the great turn out to the membership drive held at the Lions Home Garden and Craft show this year, providing DHS amazing exposure to engage with the public.

Sat May 28th is another big day for DHS. Volunteers come out in full force to plant all Dunnville’s Public beds with over 200 trays of annuals donated once again from Konkle Greenhouses. Planting begins at 8am, volunteers are asked to meet at the parking lot by the bridge to receive direction. Please bring your own garden trowel and gloves. A green thumb is not required, just a willingness to help out.

DHS JR Gardeners group is gearing up for another exciting season. If you have a child between 6-14 that would like to plant their own garden, complete with scarecrow, one on one instruction, plants and seeds, to get started or attend optional workshops, please contact Margaret Bottrell 289 683-8850 or Judy Jeffery 905 701-4656. (program limited to 35 children).

Please Contact DHS President Debbie Thomas 905 774 3064 or Deb Zynomirski Vice Pres. 905 774 8453.

Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary.
Sandi welcomes your questions and ideas for future gardening columns.
sandi.h@sympatico.ca

Horticultural Society Update

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

DUNNVILLE—The Dunnville Horticultural Society’s March program had 84 in attendance decked out in green for a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Eight potted shamrocks were given out as door prizes donated from Food Basics. Guest speaker was Adam Koziol, owner/grower of Earthgen. His topic: Native Tree Planting with Fast Results. His proven, from seed, bare-root technique involves the removal of the taproot, which encourages growth of fibre roots that spread out rather than one root growing deeply in growing containers. Results include less transplant shock and a more vigorously growing tree. Adam donated a Cherry Birch tree to DHS, known as “the fountain of youth” because absolutely every part is edible and safe for consumption. The monthly trivia question was: “What three things are required to attract and keep happy bees, birds and butterflies in our gardens?” Pauline Bradford answered it correctly: “Water, food and shelter.”

A highlight of the evening was the announcement that Janice Croft, Doris Thomson and Karen Waltham will receive the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for having 30-plus years continuous service with DHS, each having held board positions over the years. This is a good reason and reminder to anyone who has yet to renew their membership as DHS can also recognize members with Ontario Horticultural Society service pins based on continuous service.

Next monthly program is April 21, 7 p.m. at the Optimist Club on the corner of Main and Cedar streets with guest speaker Karen Richardson, Curator of Haldimand County Museums and Archives, presenting on Early Kitchen Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome. DHS would like to remind everyone that April 22 is Earth day and we encourage you to take part in some way. Plant something, do yard clean up, take a walk along your street or road side and pick up debris that accumulated over the winter.

For more information call 905-774-3064 or visit haldimandpress.com and click on Important Links.

Witches Broom - Found on the grounds of Grandview Lodge.

DHS Monthly Program – Held February 18th 2016

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

The Dunnville Horticultural Society held their early bird membership draw, with the winner receiving a twenty five dollar gift certificate donated from Hausers Pharmacy. Guest speaker for the night was Theresa Forte a past Canada Blooms speaker. Her talk ” If you plant it they will come” along with a beautiful slide show of plant choices from her own gardens that entice, protect and feed Bees, Butterflies and Birds.

Marlene Link, a DHS member, shared pictures with the group of a unique phenomena that occurs in nature, when a mutation on a tree or shrub forms in very specific way, and often only a keen observer like Marlene may notice it and know exactly what it really is. Some may assume it to be a squirrel or bird nest, or just a bundle of twigs.

In medieval times, mysterious and unexplained occurrences were often blamed on witchcraft, and brooms during this time were made of bundled twigs. Hence the name “witches broom” has stuck ever since. In horticulture its now understood that a number of stresses, both biological and environmental can lead to the formation of witches broom. Organisms such as fungi, mites, and aphids can cause abnormal growth when they attack a tree host.

Environmental stresses that injure the growing points of the branches can also trigger the formation of shoots with short internodes that resemble a bundle of twigs. Some may look like a ball shaped dwarf plant, growing in the tree. Its believed that many of our dwarf varieties today originated from this type of mutation.

The picture Marlene provided was taken at Grandview Lodge in Dunnville, and can be viewed from Maple Grove Place.

DHS members are a friendly group always eager to share their gardening knowledge, tips, passion and even blunders.
Next program is on Thursday March 17 with Guest Speaker Adam Koziol owner/grower from Earthgen. His topic is “Native Tree Planting With Fast Results.”As always All Are Welcome, membership not required. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program begins at 7pm.

The DHS meets at the Dunnville Optimist Club, located on the corner of Main and Cedar St. For information contact DHS President Debbie Thomas at (905) 774-3064.

DHS holds first meeting of 2016

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

The Dunnville Horticultural Society held its first meeting of 2016 on January 21st, highlighting their events calendar for the year ahead.

The DHS would like everyone to know that their monthly meetings, held on the third Thursday of the month, are a complete program, with informative speakers, refreshments, draws and socializing. The programs are open to everyone. A membership is not a requirement to attend, but memberships enable the DHS to fund and complete new projects each year.

As a member you receive discounts at participating garden centres and growers, and advance notice by email of private garden tours, workshops and bus trips. You also have opportunities to mentor youth in our Jr Gardeners program, swap plants, cuttings and seeds, and take part in members-only free draws. Monthly programs begin at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm at the Dunnville Optimist Hall, located on the corner of Main St and Cedar St. Our next program is Thursday Feb 18th, with guest speaker Theresa Forte (a past Canada Blooms speaker). Her topic, if you plant it, they will come: Birds, Bees, Butterflies.

President Debbie Thomas would like to invite you to attend the upcoming monthly program to get acquainted with a very dedicated & friendly group of volunteers that make Dunnville Bloom.
A green thumb is not required.

For information contact DHS President Debbie Thomas at (905) 774-3064.

Muddy The Mudcat: Never looked better.

Muddy Gets a Makeover!

Debbie Thomas, DHS President

Just in time for the holidays, Muddy the Mudcat has received a facelift!
Repairs were made to Muddy’s whisker by his creator Mike Walker. Walker also repaired a light fixture and will paint touch ups when the weather improves.

A partnership between Dunnville’s Rotary Club and the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) resulted in the refurbishment of Muddy’s habitat as well.
A grant was provided to Rotary through the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Naturalized plantings were donated and completed by Russ Savage and his team from Landscapes by Russ, and a permanent edging was formed around the perimenter by George Byleveld of Geoscape Curbing.

Gary Schumacher of the original Big Mudcat Committee subsequently presented a donation of $1000 to DHS in appreciation for taking a lead role in the rehabilitation of Muddy’s habitat, to be used for ongoing enhancements to the park area.

Muddy has never looked better and Dunnville can be proud of this iconic feature in our community.