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Fruits and Berries

  • Experimenting with fruit by Bob Bors
  • Growing saskatoons by Philip Ronald
  • Lingonberry: a superfood for Canada’s climate by Cara Isaak
  • Haskap by Ellen Sawchuk
  • 35 years of citrus breeding in Canada by M.P.M Nair
  • Delaying tactic for raspberries by Bob Bors
  • Growing gooseberries by Sheryl Normandeau
  • A pear for the prairies – meet the Ure pear by Craig Gillespie
  • Have an incredibly edible small backyard! by Jan Pederson
  • All that ails dwarf sour cherries by Forrest Scharf
  • Quality cold hardy grapes in Manitoba!! by Jim Wachal
  • John Wallace’s saskatoons by John G N Davidson
  • Superfood seabuckthorn by Betty Forbes
  • Cherry x plum by Thean Pheh
  • Wild edible fruit by Bob Bors
  • Poisonous berries by Bob Bors
  • Norkent by John G.N Davidson
  • Frank Skinner fruit breeding by Hugh Skinner
  • Bud grafting with parafilm by Bob Bor
  • From dinner table to flower pot by Susanne Olver
  • Fruit rescuing and sharing across the prairies by Getty Stewart
  • Prairie fruit recipes - beyond jams & jellies by Getty Stewart
  • Fruit spreads and desert recipes by Rita Campbell
  • How to win an award you never knew existed by Loretta Bors


  • Stratification by Bob Bors
  • Is the 2014 Canadian plant hardiness zones map relevant to prairie horticulture? by Rick Durand
  • David Austin Roses - an overview from a Canadian prairie perspective by Craig Gillespie
  • Of football and roses by Colleen Zacharias
  • The hardy group of clematis known as the Atragenes by Jim Sullivan
  • What bees you may find on strawberry and raspberry plants by David Ostermann
  • Sugaring for moths by Terry D Gallowa
  • Cool season native grasses by Shirley Froehlich
  • Pollinators for your garden by Fran Wershler
  • The monarch butterfly … long may she reign by Dawn Harris
  • Trees that can’t take flooding by Alan Weninger
  • A simplified guide to understanding and managing plant diseases, a.k.a ‘Plant Pathology 101’ by Andy Tekauz
  • The University of Saskatchewan vegetable program’s vegetable and cultivar trials by Justin Schaeffe
  • Antioxidants: fact, fiction or something in between by James Dawson
  • Prairie landscape dyes by Maureen Hammond and D’Arcy Mansell
  • We needed a plant propagation facility by Rick Sawatzky
  • 2015 Stevenson Commemorative Award by Wilbert Ronald
  • The Rosemakers Book review by John G.N.Davidson

The 2016 Prairie Garden

Fruit & Berries

Bob BorsThe guest editor for the 2016 edition is Bob Bors, the Project Leader of the Domestic Fruit Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the university of Saskatchewan. He began in 1999 to head the Fruit Program. Bob obtained a BSC from the University of Maryland, and a PHD from the University of Guelph. Bob's research focuses on breeding, tissue culture, propagation, disease screening, and interspecific hybridization of hort crops with emphasis on fruit and ornamentals.

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The Guest Editorial

As I looked at the wide selection of fruit crops written about in this edition, I am in awe contemplating the efforts taken over the years to grow better quality fruits on the prairies. Fruit has been under development for about 100 years in the prairies. In August of 2015 the Morden research station had its 100th anniversary. The Morden Research Center was the major breeding center for fruit for many years and supplied hundreds of thousands of fruit seedlings to research centres. Although they no longer do fruit research they were the major force in developing cold hardy apples, plums, raspberries, and other fruits. A Horticulture Department was established in 1920 at the University of Saskatchewan, which also worked on a wide range of fruit crops. While these two institutions are famous for developing many of the fruit varieties used today, it is important to recognize that many Institutions and individuals were involved. At one time there were 16 research stations involved in testing fruit varieties and/or growing out seedlings as part of the Prairie Co-operative Fruit Breeding Project.

In this edition there are details about the development of saskatoons, cherryplums and Ure pears as well as the ground-breaking activities of Frank Skinner. But there are also stories about modern day breeding projects of Haskap and Northern lemons and testing grapes. Many of our favourite fruit crops have had generations of improvements done to make them both hardy and of good quality. But every once in a while new crops come along that are naturally super cold hardy like seabuckthorn, Saskatoons, lingonberries, and haskap all of which are in this edition.

While I love fruit and breed it for a living, I also have flowers and vegetables that I grow at home. I saw the ‘Never Alone’ rose being propagated in 2014 and bought one for my wife when it came on the market in 2015; it was spectacular in her garden. What a great rose for fundraising for a worthy cause, and what a special treat to have the story of its development in this edition. Lovers of roses will also be relieved to read about what is happening to the Morden rose collection.
If you are wondering about ailments to saskatoons or sour cherries, there are articles on those topics. Also learn to control moths and help monarch butterflies.

Vegetable gardeners who plan ahead by ordering seeds of the very best varieties, should read the article about the University of Saskatchewan’s vegetable program. Hundreds of vegetables varieties have been tested over the years for both production and food quality!

There are also general articles to help plants survive. A list of trees that don’t do well with excess water, information about hardiness zones and my favourite article Experimenting with Fruit.

I hope you enjoy this edition, and the fruits of your gardening!


Media Release:

WINNIPEG ‐ Bob Bors, world-renowned fruit breeder now with the University of Saskatchewan’s fruit program and guest editor of the 2016 Prairie Garden: “I am in awe contemplating the efforts taken over the years to grow better quality fruit on the prairies. Fruit has been under development for about 100 years in the prairies.” 

Edible gardening is currently extremely popular. The 2016 edition of The Prairie Garden will amaze readers with how successful and diverse the current choices for fruit and berry plants are for gardeners on the northern prairies.

Articles are written by knowledgeable contributors including horticulturalists, plant breeders, researchers, and gardening enthusiasts. Beautiful full colour photographs are featured throughout.

 The Prairie Garden is always tailored to and about the exacting demands of our northern climate, this once-a-year publication is written by and for Prairie gardeners and has sold tens of thousands of copies since 1937.

 The Prairie Garden Committee has provided Prairie gardeners with valuable gardening information through a wide range of themes that focus on topics from growing annuals and perennials, vegetables to trees, healthy gardening, roses, landscaping tips and more.

 The 2016 edition of The Prairie Garden will be available at major garden centres across the Prairies and bookstores, including McNally Robinson Booksellers, as well as The Prairie Garden’s website – prairiegarden.ca.


Nov 27, 7pm
McNally Robinson

In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues. A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed. Fruits are the means by which these plants disseminate seeds.

In common language usage, "fruit" normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet or sour and edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, bananas, and lemons. 



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