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Warren, William John Finley - 1973
Webster, Alexander James - 2001
Wesson, John Henry - 1973
Wheeler, Seager - 1972
White, William James - 1991
Whitehead, James - 1984
Whiting, Clifford Henry - 1992
Wildeman, Bradley Allan - 2008
Williams, Charles Melville "Red" - 1996
Williams, Sara E. - 2013
Williamson, Lily Campbell - 2007
Willmott, John Carman - 2005

PortraitSara E. Williams

Sara Williams has dedicated herself both professionally and personally to the promotion of agriculture and more specifically horticulture within Saskatchewan and beyond.

Born in Washington, D.C., Sara received a BA from the University of Michigan in 1963. In 1987, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with Great Distinction and receiving the Western Canadian Society for Horticulture Gold Medal. Sara was appointed the Horticulture Extension Specialist with the University's Extension Division in 1989. While working there, she continued her studies and completed a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Extension in 1997.

As the U of S Extension Specialist in Horticulture, Sara initiated programs to support Saskatchewan gardeners and the horticulture industry. She developed courses to be delivered both in person and through correspondence, she wrote articles for publications and magazines, and engaged in radio and television programs on gardening topics. She also gave presentations to agricultural and horticultural societies throughout the prairies.

Sara was the initiator and founding editor of The Saskatchewan Gardener magazine, later renamed The Gardener for the Prairies to reflect the larger geographic range of information and broader readership.

She is the author or co-author of numerous books. Among these are Groundcovers and Vines for the Prairies, Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies, Gardening Naturally, and In A Cold Land. Her award-winning Creating the Prairie Xeriscape points to the need for water conservation, the use of drought-tolerant plants, and amending soils for better growth and water retention, all practices she employes on her acreage south of Saskatoon. A collector of plants not readily available to the general public, she shares these freely.

Following her retirement from the University in 2001, she has continued to write books and conduct workshops. As a member of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society, she has helped to establish two special gardens at the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo in Saskatoon. She has led garden tours to many countries. Most recently, through the Canadian Harrambee Education Society, Sara has been involved in the development of a hostel and garden for 80 girls attending secondary school in Tanzania.

Sponsored for induction to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Game in 2013 by:
Saskatchewan Perennial Society, Saskatoon Horticultural Society and
Centre for Continuing & Distance Education, University of Saskatchewan.

 

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