The gar­dens to­day

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News -

The gar­dens re­main planted with his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate flora and fauna, al­though the gar­dens them­selves have been re­designed over the years. In 2004 and 2005, with the help of Hazel’s in­ter­views, flow­ers she re­called from her mother’s gar­den were added to the beds. The two rec­tan­gu­lar gar­dens lead­ing to the home were re­designed into an at­trac­tive oval-shaped gar­den.

On the west side of the home a hedge pro­vided a more solid bar­rier, re­strict­ing ac­cess to the gar­dens. It was re­moved and re­placed with flower beds and lawn so that stu­dents could wan­der through the prop­erty and en­joy sit­ting on the benches and grass.

Vines once cov­ered the back side of the house and sun porch but they have since been re­moved due to pos­si­ble dam­age to the brick­work. And, like Mrs. Ruther­ford’s lilac, none of Mr. Ruther­ford’s orig­i­nal ap­ple trees re­main in the or­chard in the back.

The Chan­cel­lor’s Gar­dens

Lo­cated on the west side of the house, The Chan­cel­lor’s Gar­den was built and ded­i­cated to Ruther­ford and all the Univer­sity of Al­berta chan­cel­lors, who have im­pacted the univer­sity’s ad­vance­ment over the years. Alexan­der Cameron Ruther­ford is rec­og­nized as the “Fa­ther” of the Univer­sity of Al­berta.

In 2005, Ruther­ford House cel­e­brated a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony with Ruther­ford fam­ily mem­bers, re-open­ing the gar­den beds, some of them new, along the side­walk along the south and east side of the home.

The fam­ily mem­bers re­grouped at the home for a Founder’s Day Tea cel­e­brat­ing the home’s centennial on June 5, 2011. Five de­scen­dants from three gen­er­a­tions planted an oak on this mo­men­tous day with a plaque that reads, “This mighty oak was planted to hon­our the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ruther­ford House 1911 -2011”

While this may be a lofty dream for this young sapling now, we hope that this historic home and its gar­dens will still be stand­ing once it grows into its mighty roots, pro­vid­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions with beauty and his­tory.

Alexan­der Cameron Ruther­ford.

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