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.
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