Dunnville Horticulture Society

DHS Monthly Program – Optimist Hall

April 2014

The meeting was opened by President Lori Maracle at 7:09 p.m.

There were 60 members signed in. Great turnout!

Sue Mazi asked for a motion to accept March’s minutes to be accepted as read. Pauline Bradford made the motion and Ian Steel seconded it. Motion was passed.

Kim Christoff reviewed the Treasurer’s report. As of now we have 101 members.

Lori spoke about the upcoming plant sale on May 10th.  On Friday, May 9th we will be taking donations at the condo parking lot like last year from 6 to 8 p.m. Please bring your donations potted and labelled (name, sun/water/soil requirements). Please do not bring bare root plants. We are meeting as early as 6 am at the Optimist Hall to set up for the sale which starts at 8 a.m.   A sign-up sheet was passed around. The Optimist Club will be holding their annual craft show inside the Optimist Hall in conjunction with our plant sale.

A sign-up sheet was also passed around for the May 24th planting day.  Please plan to help out. We’ll be meeting at the condo parking lot at 9 a.m. Maps should be available to everyone outlining where the beds are.

Lori also talked about McHappy Day. This is an annual fundraiser for McDonald’s and they invite the community to volunteer some time, usually 2 hours, to help out. They’ll provide you with an apron, and give you a chance to help out behind the counter. This year is McDonald’s 21st annual event.

Trillium Awards: we’ll be accepting nominations until the end of June. We usually have ballot boxes placed around town and we can accept them by mail or email as well. Ballots can be printed off of our website. The judging will take place in July. Volunteer judges are needed. A training session will be provided for new judges and return judges who would like to brush up. The awards will be presented at the August general meeting.

Debbie Thomas will have more information about the bus trip to Whistling Gardens and Bonnieheath Lavender Farm at the next meeting. She was a little under the weather and unable to attend this evening.

At 7:30 we took a short break, and then Lori introduced our guest’s speakers Bob and Ann Granatier from Trail’s End Iris Gardens. Ann’s presentation showed us many new and tried & true varieties of irises. It was nice to get back to basics and cover planting and dividing irises too. Trail’s End Iris Garden is located in Ancaster, near Brantford. The best time to visit is mid-May and it’s well worth the trip.

The Ways & Means winners were called and we raised $62.00.

Thank you to DSS students Aidan and Ethan for helping out with set up and clean-up. You make our lives so much easier.

Thank you to the ladies who provided goodies. Beth Powell was one, and I was not able to find out who the other was. Everything was delicious.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Sue Mazi, DHS Secretary