Lila Bell, who back in 1979 took the initiative to start the Gilford & District Horticultural Society wrote the following piece.
The beginning, by Lila Bell:
“While working for the Bradford Witness, I met Vi Peacock who wrote the Thornton news each week and all the news about the Thornton Horticultural Society. I started asking questions about the Society and she invited me to attend a meeting and flower show. I was really impressed with the entries and the information about the various plants during the course of the meeting.
I thought this would be great for Gilford as we had a lot of new people coming into the area in subdivisions. Since I wrote the Gilford News, I could reach a lot of people and afford the Society news each week of events.
Armed with information from Thornton, District Director Madeline Hobson and Allistair McLean, the Ontario Director, told us how to get a Society started. I began knocking on doors throughout Gilford to try to obtain 100 signatures (she got 101 signatures). I included articles in the Gilford News with information on a Horticultural Society and asking prospective members to call Lida Alle and Ida Sturdy for further information.
Charlie Oliver had a greenhouse and we thought he’d be ideal for our first president.
We held our first meeting in the Fall of 1979 with Madeline Hobson as our first speaker on flower arranging.
Luise Alle and Johanna Chudzinski were great gardeners and supplied many specimens and arrangements for our future shows.
Bill Markwick moved from Bond Head to Gilford and joined our Society as well as keeping his membership in Bond Head. He was a great help to us – he even sold an old car and donated the proceeds to our Society.
Ruth Bolt was an early member and can propably tell you some history. When Molly Laceby joined she brought a wealth of knowledge regarding plants, and roses in particular.
We had a Junior Society to which Bill Markwick, Audrey Miller and I devoted time. We had permission from Sam Neilly to use part of his field for growing vegetables. Unfortunately, the children didn’t keep up the gardens, so growing was not successful. The Junior Society was started again at Killarney Beach School. Molly looked after this group.
As you know, we started meeting at Gilford Community Hall, moved meetings to the Lefroy United Church Hall and thence to the Churchill Community Centre.
Hope this helps, Lila”
Lifetime Members in 2001
Lifetime Members in 2008
Lifetime Members in 2009
Lifetime Members in 2010
Lifetime Members in 2012
Charter Members – (1979)
|Alle Luise||Dukes Jennifer||Laceby Robert||Rowley Sharon|
|Allen Kay||Firth Elda||Lawlor Donald||Rozendaal Jannette|
|Ambrose Judy||Firth Fred||Lawlor Rhea||Saunter Jean|
|Angus Carolyn||Fleur Betty Lou||Madigan Marilyn||Sawyer Alice|
|Bell A.M.||Fry Suzanne||Madigan Ron||Scott Doris|
|Bell Betty Ann||Gassler Wilma||McEown Jill||Silavs Alma|
|Bell Helen||Gibbons Edmund||McLaren Bob||Stewart Elsie|
|Bell Lila S.||Gibbons Marie||McLaren Judy||Sturdy Ed|
|Bell Linda||Gilligan Sandy||Morgan Rellie||Sturdy Ida|
|Bell Sandra A.||Gilmore Helen||Morris Lee||Taylor Cathy|
|Blommaert Jan||Gliddon Gwen||Morris Rick||Thompson Liida|
|Bolt Ruth||Gorham Vimy||Morris Sharon||Tunstall Marilyn|
|Bond Eileen||Hallik Hilda||O’Reilly Sheila||von Graffen Anita|
|Bricis A.||Hambly Marg||Oliver Alice||Wagg Joanne|
|Brockie Phyllis||Hamilton Jean||Oliver Betty||Watson Virginia|
|Camilleri Denise||Hathaway Colin||Oliver Charles||Weber Kay|
|Cannom Mary||Hathaway Dolores||Partelpoeg Linda||Welsh Agnes|
|Crawford Alistair||Hathaway Valerie||Reid Buzz||Welsh Wesley|
|Crawley Bill||Hobson Madeline||Reid Eleanor||Weyman Hazel|
|Crawley Ena||Hordyk Greta||Reid Eva||Weyman Ted|
|Dales Betty||Hughes Marion||Reid Evelyn||Whalley Margaret|
|Daoust Kathy||James Gail||Reid Verna||Whalley Winnifred|
|Davis Helen||King Elsie||Reive May||Wice Sharon|
|Doe Patricia||Kuzmyk Liz||Romat Audrey||Wilkins Audrey O.|
|Dowling Louise||Laceby Molly||Rosewell Ann||Yakiwchuk Lois|