President, DHS

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—The “Gales of November” have lived up to their notorious reputation this year, as many of us are still cleaning up after stormy weather. Trees that have long been a fixture in family yards were blown over or snapped in two by ferocious winds. Thankfully, most gardeners took advantage of the last spell of warm weather to put their gardens to bed for the winter, so damage was minimized for many.

October 17, 2020 was a blustery and rainy day, but 21 intrepid souls braved the weather for the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Clean Up Day. Volunteers removed annuals and tidied up our public garden beds. We owe a special word of thanks to Jeff’s Outdoor, who donated equipment, vehicles, and an entire crew to assist us.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, DHS was not able to hold its Annual General Meeting. However, the board of directors ensured that the business end of things was still taken care of. Despite the Ontario Horticultural Society’s decision to raise dues, DHS has elected to keep our membership fee at $10/single and $15/couple for 2021. What a bargain!

Even though we are not currently able to hold member Program Nights, your membership still provides a discount at local garden centres and is a great way to show support for your local horticultural society.

We encourage all present and past members to purchase their 2021 membership by sending a cheque to DHS, P.O. Box 274, Dunnville, Ontario N1X 2K5. Your membership will be mailed directly to your home address.

In keeping with the season, DHS will be holding a Drive By Food Drive on December 5 from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Optimist Hall parking lot. Bring your donations that day, and our Executive and Board will transfer them in a socially distanced and safe manner.

With the end of our fiscal year, I would like to thank our directors who will be continuing on in their roles in 2021: Petra Kruis-Daly (Recording Secretary), Sharon Sykes (Treasurer), Susan Emery, Nelly Engelage, Angela Latham, Wray McLean, Colleen O’Reilly, Debbie Thomas (Past President). We are saying goodbye to Gloria Hunter and Kim Christoff (past Treasurer). These ladies have devoted many years of service to DHS, taking on a lot of responsibilities during their tenure. Thank you all for your many contributions!

Finally, I would encourage you to take a walk through the Thompson Creek Eco Centre. You will see that many bluebird houses and two barn swallow habitat structures have been installed. This project continues to develop and provide a welcome spot for birds, animals, and people alike! Thank you, Debbie Thomas and Dan McKay for spearheading this project.

If you would like more information about Dunnville Horticultural Society, visit our website at or contact me directly at

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