To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—I love this time of year, when the garden centres swing their doors wide open. It’s my therapy to walk among the colourful plants, drinking in the earthy aroma! It’s exciting to peruse the aisles, scoping out what is new and interesting, and planning out just which corner of my garden I can squeeze in something else. Every year I strive to create a colourful masterpiece in my own little corner of the world.

At last month’s Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS)’s program night, we enjoyed a screening of the movie “The Gardener”. It left us mesmerized and inspired! This month, on May 16, we will welcome Adam Koziel of Earthgen. He will be sharing his insights on growing truffles in Haldimand County … yes, truffles!

We are excited to see how things are progressing with the rehabilitation work at the Thompson Creek Eco Centre. The controlled burn went extremely well, and we look forward to the planting of wildflowers over the coming weeks. This area is an ecological gem and it will be exciting to watch the educational component come into fruition this year.

Special thanks to Debbie Thomas and Dan McKay, who are co-chairs on the project. Together with Haldimand County and Ducks Unlimited Canada, this multi-faceted project is moving forward as planned.

May is a very busy month for DHS, as we also hold our annual Plant Sale on May 11. Why not consider dividing some plants and donating them? Labelled and potted plants can be dropped off at the municipal parking lot beside the bridge on Friday, May 10 between 5 to 7 p.m. We will also have a section for garden art and tools. As this is our biggest fundraiser of the year, we count on you to come out and support us. Remember us when you are doing your spring cleaning!

Finally, our Planting Day is coming up on May 25. Mark this date in your calendar and come out and join in the fun! It’s a gratifying experience to work together to make our town beautiful. We will meet downtown beside the bridge.

2019 marks the 90th anniversary of DHS. I’m sure the founding members of our society would be pleased to know that all these years later, their vision and goals continue to be carried out.

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! DHS meets every third Thursday 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

   Deb Zynomirski is the DHS president.

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