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Dr. G. M. Black has won Provincial fame by winning more than once the 'Provincial Championship for Home Grounds' in Mani­ toba.

Mr. H. D. Sparling has always been a keen lover and student of nature, and his rose garden and fruit orchards have been a source of amazement and inspiration to many visitors from near and far. He has contributed articles to the Canadian Rose Society, The Prairie Garden and other horticultural yearbooks. He is con­ tinually experimenting with fruit trees, grafting and budding etc., and has proven that quality fruit can be grown in Manitoba. (Around Portage anyway!)

Many will be interested in knowing the variety of fruit grown in Mr. Sparling's orchards. There are several varieties of pears, several varieties of large apples, several varieties of plums, five varie­ ties of apricots, as well as cherries, grapes and all kinds of berries.

In the years 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 Mr. Sparling was the overall Fruit Champion of Manitoba, and has been awarded 22 Pro­ vincial Championship Trophies since 1960, as well as 135 first prizes for his fruit at the Provincial Fruit Shows. At a banquet tendered by the Manitoba Horticultural Society in 1968 he was honored for his services to fruit growing in Manitoba.

VIe have dealt more on the fruit than we have on the roses which are a little harder to describe. Picture, if you can, a beautiful rose garden with 85 to 90 varieties of beautiful roses in bloom!

Because Mr. Sparling's contributions to horticulture have been so outstanding, we have chosen to use the foregoing information in the hopes that it will inspire many others to follow in his foot­ steps.

Mr. H. Doherty, who lives just outside our city, should be men­ tioned here. He has spent 40 years experimenting in fruit growing locally, and the results have been very gratifying. He is pictured in the Daily Graphic (October 5, 1968) holding a box of red Me­ Intosh apples and blue Concord grapes. The paper says, "His ap­ ples are round, red and evenly ripened, the produce of a four-year­ old tree that winters without any particular precautions. The grapes are simply tresslcd off the ground and the roots are straw-covered for winter. Mr. Doherty has two peach trees which he expects to bear frui t next year".

Crabapple trees and plum trees are particularly noticeable in many back yards in Portage la Prairie in the Spring. Their beauti-

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