Heritage Rose Garden
In 2003, the Saskatchewan Perennial Society received a grant from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Fund to assist in the creation of a Heritage Rose Garden. This new garden takes up the remaining two thirds of the space that was set aside for development in 1997. Grace Berg was again called upon for the design of the garden. The gardens were created in honour of Prairie Breeders and features roses, shrubs, trees and ornamental grasses that were created by them. Strong structural elements were incorporated into the garden from the beginning, with tall trellises and repurposed telephone poles to support vining plants.
City staff assisted in laying out the bare bones of the garden by rototilling, moving soil and laying out pathways, but the remaining work was completed by volunteers. The grant money was used to buy plant material, but many roses and other plants on our wish list were donated by Society members.
Some Prairie Breeders Represented in the Garden
Georges Bugnet (1879-1981) Legal, Alberta
Dr. Frank L. Skinner (1882-1967) Dropmore, Manitoba
Percy Wright (1898-1989) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Les Kerr (1902-1989) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Robert Erskine (1914-2003) Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
Robert Simonet, Edmonton Alberta
Stanley J. Zubrowski, Prairie River, Saskatchewan
Dr. A. J Porter (1901-2000), Parkside, Saskatchewan
Stan Dunville, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Morden Research Station, Morden, Manitoba