Eastnor Horticultural Society
President’s Report

We certainly picked an unfortuneate date for our Annual Meeting, the first day of winter, snowing like mad. However the compensation was a lovely meal at Moondance Kafe and a few words from Patricia Greig. She congratulated us on our efforts to beautify our community and encouraged us to, using the Streetscaping Guidelines, to collaborate with the Municipality and other concerned groups to institute improvements.
Because of the deteriorating weather, I deferred my year’s report and promised to send it instead to the Penninsula Press for the eyes of those who are interested.
In 2004 we gratefully enlisted 180 members, which qualified us for an Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food grant of $1,000. Had we reached 200 members, we would have qualified for $1,500. In addition we qualified for a $100 grant to plant a tree at the Lion’s Head Cenotaph, a Red Oak, the Unity Tree, to commemorate the amalgamation of our municipalities. Our next biggest income came as a result of the Garden Tour, $750. A lovely day and beautiful gardens on the Huron side of the Peninsula. Our biggest expense was $763.42 for community plantings and civic improvements.
During the year we had eight general events. Starting in February with a planning and discussion meeting; in March, following lunch at the Lion’s Head Inn, Bill Loney of Kepplecroft regaled us with the developments there. April saw Wendy Cameron, of Penninsula Out of Doors, coach us in the art of Hanging Baskets; and in May, John Close of Earth Bound advise us on ponds. Peninsula Out of Doors hosted their Herb Supplier in June for the public benefit; July saw The Gardens of Huron Garden Tour; for September, three of our members shared their experiences with big garden changes; and finally in October, Joan Reagan spoke to us about their garden to the public. Since then the Boyes, of Whiskey Harbour Road, have decided to open their garden next year.
We received a lot of compliments about our community planting efforts of this year, especially the Cenotaph, thank you and congratulations to the planters. On that topic, there have been some developments that I think will please you. The staff of the Lion’s Head Marina took over responsibility for their container planting, similarly, the staff at the Tourist Information Bureau planted and maintained their containers. They also repainted the benches we moved their. Stokes Bay Community Centre took some of the metal plant hangers, for hanging baskets. Mr. Graham, of the Chamber of Commerce, expressed interest in the School Bell offered to us and rejected by the Municipal Council. You will all have noticed the new park benches at the Lion’s Head Cenotaph on Remembrance Day. This is the design that we hope will gradually be introduced for benches, trash receptacles and plant containers throughout the village. It is encouraging to see this project initiated at last, hopefully residents might become interested in continuing its development. The merchants are interested in increasing the number of trash cans and we will replace plant containers when necessary, carrying on with the same design. Following the decision of the members, three limestone plaques have been purchased to mark trees at the Cenotaph, two in memoriam of Mr. and Mrs. Britton and the other marking the Unity tree. It is our intention to mark all trees this way as limestone is such an integral part of our landscape.
In conclusion, may I wish the Society and its members a successful 2005 and to every one, gardeners and others a like, Peace and Joy in this Christmas Season and in the New Year.

Liz Gibson
Retiring President