William Leslie Kerr (1902-1986)

Les Kerr was born in Renfrew, Ontario and graduated with a BSc in Agriculture from the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph. He moved west to work at the Rosthern Experimental Fa...

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Better Farming Train

In the early part of the last century, the “Better Farming Train” was a unique education and training initiative, a collaboration between William Motherwell of the Ministry of Agri...

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Cecil F. Patterson (1892-1961)

Cecil Frederick Patterson was born in Watford, Ontario on December 1, 1892, one of seven children of Frederick and Mary (née Thompson) Patterson. His father was a farmer and cheese...

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Sara Williams

If you garden on the prairies, you probably know her name. Sara Williams has been educating the public about sustainable, low maintenance and practical ways to garden in a cold, dr...

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Dr. Bob Bors - Plant Breeder

Dr. Bors’ fruit and ornamental introductions include 5 dwarf sour cherries, 4 apples, 10 haskap, 12 coleus varieties, among others.

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The first annual convention of Saskatchewan Horticultural Societies.

The first annual convention of Saskatchewan Horticultural Societies was held at the University of Saskatchewan on February 14, 1921.

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The origin of cottonwoods in shelterbelt tree breeding

Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) - a familiar tree on the prairies - hybridizes easily and its genes have been used extensively in breeding.

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Percy Wright: 'Thunderchild' flowering crab apple

You may not know his name, but you probably know his plants. Percy Wright (1898 – 1989) was an accomplished teacher, musician, newspaper reporter and nurseryman. He was also an out...

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Dominion Forestry Nursery Stations

The Dominion Forest Nursery Stations at Indian Head and Sutherland Saskatchewan were enormously important in the production of trees for farm shelterbelts as well as horticultural ...

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'SK Carmine Jewel' first dwarf sour cherry introduced by USask in 1999

50 years of breeding and selecting work resulted in the very first dwarf sour cherry introduction from the U of S: 'SK Carmine Jewel' in 1999. Carmine Jewel was selected for its dw...

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