100 Years of Horticulture Science

1921 - 2021

The Province of Saskatchewan was established in 1905 and two years later on April 3, 1907 the Act establishing the University of Saskatchewan was passed by the legislative assembly.  The newly formed University would establish two colleges of which included the College of Agriculture. The Field Husbandry Department was one of the original departments of the college offering classes in plant breeding, horticulture, soils and farm management. 

In 1921, Dr. Cecil Patterson was hired as the first Horticulture lecturer and in 1922 Dean Rutherford appointed Patterson as the first Head of the newly formed Department of Horticulture Science.

Patterson along with other early pioneers and today's modern day researchers have spent the last 100 years shaping the horticulture industry we know today across the Canadian Prairies.

Historical Highlights


2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

HORT100 in Conjunction with the Internatioanal Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 has offered the following seminar.

Over the rainbow for Canadian horticulture- Looking back and thinking forward
Professor Deborah Buszard, Ph.D., F. I. Hort. (UK), and Former Principal of UBC Okanagan

Horticulture is changing more rapidly than ever. Novel technologies are changing the industry and there is increasing awareness of the importance of plants to a sustainable and livable future.  What does the future look like for Canadian horticulture? How do we adapt to better serve society?  How might Canadian horticultural research contribute to addressing global issues such as food security, human health, natural and built ecosystem resilience and climate change?