Mr. Ruther­ford

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News -

His six ap­ple trees, grown from seed, and an im­pres­sive veg­etable gar­den were Mr. Ruther­ford’s pride and joy. He spent count­less hours tend­ing to the trees, shrubs and hedges. The veg­etable gar­den used to lie to the east of the home along a gravel path­way. It was Ruther­ford’s true pas­sion; here he grew pota­toes, turnips, car­rots, radishes and let­tuce. De­spite his dig­ni­fied po­si­tion, he was not afraid to dig into the dirt and, other than the first spring plow, did much of the gar­den­ing him­self. Mc­cuaig, Ruther­ford’s grand­son, re­mem­bers how his grand­fa­ther en­joyed spend­ing time with neigh­bour­hood chil­dren, in­clud­ing him­self, and pro­vid­ing them with small gar­den plots and grow­ing ad­vice.

A farmer at heart, Ruther­ford showed in­ter­est in the new strains of wheat be­ing de­vel­oped by Scot­tish im­mi­grant David Fife. He in­vested in 70 acres east of town where he grew the ex­per­i­men­tal 1840 Red Fife wheat. The wheat flour­ished across the prairies, and in 1899 Ruther­ford planted three pounds of it which yielded him two bushels of hard grain.

Mrs. Ruther­ford

Mrs. Ruther­ford’s pride and joy was her dou­ble white lilac bush, an­other labour of love started from seed. Mrs. Ruther­ford ad­mired her sis­ter’s tree in Ot­tawa and, tak­ing seeds from it, cul­ti­vated her own tree. She grew the plant

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