Photo courtesy of Margit Schowalter
The Western Canadian Society for [originally of] Horticulture was formed at Regina , November 11-12, 1943 at a meeting chaired by M.B. Davis, Dominion Horticulturist. The meeting was organized in response to the severe winter of 1942-43 which had caused devastating losses in horticultural plants on the prairies, particularly fruit trees. The main aim was to coordinate horticultural research on the prairies and thus facilitate a breeding program for hardier cultivars.