July 15, 2014
Henry Janzen (Soil Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) shares the tale of William Fairfield, the first Superintendent of the “Experimental Farm in Lethbridge”, now known as the Dominion Experimental Farm. The story is embodied by the magnificent 100+ year old Fairfield Poplar, which was collected as a seedling from the Oldman River Valley and nurtured by William himself, and now “stands as an enduring, evolving symbol of landscapes transformed… and far-sighted vision.”
Fairfield Gardens also encompasses the heritage forest planted under Dr. Fairfield’s direction in the early 1900s, now a unique historical site in the prairies. These ornamental gardens are located near the original home site of Dr. W. H. Fairfield. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Fairfield was well known for his interest in the beautification of prairie homes with flowers and his commitment to tree planting throughout the district.