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Exploring Patterson Arboretum: A Journey Through Seasons

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Event Description

A National Forest Week – Canada’s Forests: Supporting Biological Diversity EVENT

Join in on an enchanting tour of the Patterson Garden Arboretum, an extraordinary gem nestled in the heart of Canada’s Garden Route. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this haven as we embark on an informative and captivating exploration, taking place on September 18th at 6:30 PM.

Discover Nature’s Resilience in Zone 3b:

Patterson Arboretum lies within the unique plant hardiness Zone 3b of Canada, where the climate poses its challenges – from frosty winters to blazing summers. Despite these extremes, this haven has become home to a remarkable array of woody plants, each flourishing in response to the rhythm of the seasons and the warmth of summer sun. Join this tour to uncover the secrets of these resilient plants that defy the odds and thrive in this picturesque landscape.

A Living Laboratory of Horticulture and Botany:

This site isn’t just a feast for the eyes; it’s a valuable reference for horticultural enthusiasts and botany aficionados. Beyond its beauty, it serves as a hub for photography, field trips, leisurely strolls, and invaluable botanical studies. As an essential part of Canada’s Garden Route, the Patterson Garden Arboretum beckons you to explore its lush paths and serene corners.

Legacy of Learning and Growth:

Step into a living legacy of knowledge and discovery. Established in 1966 as a part of the Prairie Regional Trials for Woody Ornamentals experiment by the University of Saskatchewan, this arboretum carries forward the torch of research and growth. As we stroll through this vibrant space, we continue the informal experiment of testing the hardiness of woody plants, while simultaneously nurturing plant conservation and genetic diversity.

A Tapestry of Diversity:

Our journey through this living tapestry will introduce us to a selection of intriguing tree species that have found their home within the Patterson Arboretum:


Thicket Creeper

Dutchman’s Pipe

Oak Lake Frost Grape

Hermit Gold Clematis

Mountain Paper Birch

Vahe Hackberry

Balsam Willow

Coral Beauty Dogwood

Blue Elderberry

Speckled Alder


Ruby Dogwood

Witherod Viburnum

And many More! Close to 1,000 different plants, shrubs, trees and vines

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the harmonious coexistence of nature and human endeavor at Patterson Garden Arboretum. Join us on September 18th at 6:30 PM for an immersive experience that will leave you inspired, informed, and deeply connected to the wonders of our natural world.

Limited spots available. Reserve your spot today for a journey through seasons that promises to ignite your curiosity and nourish your love for the outdoors.

Organizer: Jackie Bantle

Manager, Ag Greenhouse & Horticulture Field Facility

Department of Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture and Bioresources

University of Saskatchewan

How do the woody plants in Patterson Arboretum thrive in the unique challenges of Zone 3b’s autumn climate?

What secrets of adaptation do the indigenous species in the arboretum reveal as they face the changing seasons?

How does the picturesque Patterson Garden Arboretum contribute to the rich tapestry of Canada’s Garden Route during the fall?

What stories do the vibrant fall colors of the Mountain Paper Birch and the Rosy O’Grady Clematis tell about the changing seasons?

How does the informal experiment of testing woody plant hardiness continue to shape the legacy of the University of Saskatchewan’s Arboretum in the autumn months?

What alluring wildlife might we encounter during our journey through the autumnal landscapes of the arboretum?

How does the arboretum’s commitment to plant a variety of trees conservation align with the changing ecological dynamics during this era of climate change?

What sustainable gardening practices can we learn from the resilient plants of Patterson Garden Arboretum that remain vibrant even as colder weather approaches?

What lessons can we glean from the natural adaptations and responses of various tree species to the distinct rhythm of autumn?

How can our exploration of Patterson Arboretum during the autumn months inspire us to embrace the changing seasons in our own lives and foster a deeper connection with nature?

Have you explored the other events taking place during National Forest Week – Canada’s Forests: Supporting Biological Diversity September 17th to 23rd, 2023

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Event Details


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Patterson Garden Arboretum, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Contact Information

Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas INc.

(306) 380-5368