Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens

Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens is a comprehensive full-colour handbook for growing fruit in cold climates that is aimed at the home gardener. Includes a detailed map and reference guide to zones, hardiness, planting time, and best practices to ensure growth and survival. From pincherries to haskaps, tree fruits to vine fruits, and everything in between, renowned horticulturists Bob Bors and Sara Williams delve into the science of growing and maintaining fruit plants for northern gardener. It is availble at our events and the University of Saskatchewan bookstore. The publisher went out of business, but the printer is able to make more copies.  We are looking into having it at Amazon again.

Cooking with Haskap Out of Print

Cooking with haskap by Loretta Bors and Lily Sawatzky.   What to do with this delicious fruit other than eat them fresh.  Most recipies were developed by the authors and all were tested. This book is being turned into an e-book but is not yet available. If you have a recipie for haskap, contact Bob and it might be the next edition. If you own a haskap farm, the authors would be quite happy to list your website or contact info near your sub,itted recipie. The Authors have been donating 10% of the proceeds to the USASK Fruit Program.   

For more info contact: Bob Bors

Cooking with Cherries Out of Print

Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies has won the prestigious Gourmand award for "Best Fund Raising, Charity and Community Cookbook in Canada-English"The new cherry cookbook can be ordered from the University of Saskatchewan bookstore.
Click HERE to order your copy.It is also available from the following locations around Saskatoon: 

U of S Bookstore
North of 40 
McNally Robinson

Ukrainian Museum of Canada

Out of Print Dwarf Sour Cherries: A Guide for Commercial Production

Dwarf Sour Cherries: A Guide for Commercial Production is available through the U of S bookstore. Click HERE to order the book online.

Growers now have a comprehensive guide in the Saskatoon Berry Production Manual. Saskatoon berry experts from across the prairies collaborated on the manual to create a valuable reference for anyone growing Saskatoon berries. 

  • Online credit card purchase, click here.

Other resources

The U of S fruit program has been doing fruit-related research and breeding for many years and has accumulated research documents in print and paper formats. The PFG seeks to make this information available to everyone by scanning the documents and posting them online.


(3.5MB) Edible Apples in Prairie Canada-Edible Apples to 1990: as grown in the Canadian prairie provinces: The Friends of the Garden, University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden

  • This is a comprehensive list of edible apples and crabapples grown on the prairies since the 1880s. The list includes a brief description and history of each apple whenever available. The document also includes a section entitled 'History of Apples on the Prairies'.

(6MB) University of Saskatchewan Fruit Introductions: C.F. Patterson-1960

  • This article was written in the 1960 after a flurry of fruit releases from the University. It includes fruit descriptions, parentage, and release numbers for all U of S releases in 1959-1960, including Plums, Apples, Pears and Cherries.

(2MB) Notes on Sandcherry x Plum Hybrids: 1965

  • Descriptions of the fruit from our Sandcherry x Plum Hybrids

(2MB) Hort-Facts: Apple Cultivars: C. Stushnoff, T. Ward, Rick Sawatzky-1985

  • Some basic Horticultural instructions and brief descriptions of common Prairie Apple varieties.

Hort-Facts: Fruit Varieties: S.H. Nelson, K.C. Turner and D.R. Robinson

  • A list of recommended fruit varieties with descriptions of fruit, their relative hardiness, as well as physical fruit characteristics.
  • NOTE: The zones described are based on a 1975 "Guide to Farm Practice in Saskatchewan" (see pg 2). These are NOT the standard "Plant Hardiness Zones of Canada".
  • Some of these varieties are well known to us today, many obscure varieties as well.

Tree Fruits Grown in Prairie Orchards: W.R. Leslie



Discovering Wild Plants: Alaska, Western Canada, The Northwest

By Janice J. Schofield

The Encyclopedia of Trees: Canada and the United States
By Sam Benvie

Flora of Manitoba
By H.J. Scoggan 

Forest Plants of Central Ontario: Cottage Country, Algonquin Park,Ottawa Valley, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay
By Chambers, Legasy and Bentley

What's Blooming. A Guide to 100+ Wild Plants of NorthwestTerritories
By Alexandrea Milburn 

Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada
By George Barron

Plants of Coastal British Columbia including Washington Oregonand Alaska 

By Pojar and Mackinnon 


Plants of the Wesern Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland

By Johnson, Kershaw, MacKinnon, Pojar 

Shrubs of Ontario

By James H. Soper and Margaret L. Heimburger 

Wild Berries and Fruits: Field Guide

By Teresa Marrone 

Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador

By Peter J. Scott and Dorothy Black

Water and Wetland Plants of the Prairie Provinces: A field guide for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northern United States

By Heinjo Lahring