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Palmer, John Stanley - 1976
Partridge, Edward Alexander - 1972
Patterson, Cecil Frederick - 1973
Pattillo, Margaret H. - 1990
Pavlychenko, Thomas Karp - 1976
Pedersen, Gunnar Heg - 2007
Phelps, Joseph Lee - 1982
Phillips, Robert Howard Daniel - 2009
Poirier, Elaine Lucie - 2006
Porter, Albert John - 1987
Possberg, Florian - 2016
Potter, Evelyn Joan - 2011
Pugh, Roy McLean - 1981

PortraitAlbert John Porter

Bert Porter, widely recognized for his work in developing new lily varieties and small fruits in Saskatchewan, was born in Guilford, England, April 15, 1901. He came to Canada at the age of six when his father, a lay preacher and grocery clerk, took out a homestead near Parkside.

After high school in Moose Jaw, Bert took teacher training in Saskatoon and taught in a number of rural schools over the next 12 years. He gave up teaching in 1934 and took up a vocation he had been experimenting with for years - horticulture. Initially his nursery stock consisted of crabapples, hardy plums, strawberries and raspberries. In the 1950s he obtained some lily bulbs and launched into developing new lily varieties. His lilies have made him famous around the world.

He has always stressed hardiness, flower quality, disease and insect resistance. Because of this approach Honeywood Lilies have been in demand in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Britain, Japan, New Zealand, the Soviet Union and all over Canada and the United States.

Among honors given Bert Porter was the highest award to a lily breeder on the North American continent, the E.H. Wilson Memorial from the North American Lily Society. The Manitoba Horticulture Society presented him with the Stevenson Gold Medal (1963) and he obtained three merit awards for his lilies from the Western Canadian Society for Horticulture. He received honorary life memberships from the Saskatchewan Horticultural Society, the Western Canada Horticultural Society, the Saskatchewan Nursery Trade Association, the Walter Willoughby Horticultural Society and the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. In 1963 the University of Saskatchewan conferred on him an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Active in his community, Bert Porter was president of the Shellbrook Telephone Company, helped found the Shellbrook Credit Union and served as secretary of Honeywood School District.

Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 1987
by SaskHort.

 

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