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’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