© Canadian Prairie Lily Society (CPLS) 2016
Canadian Prairie Lily Society
A lovely arrangement from an Annual Lily Show

Activities & Events

The Society sponsors several annual events for its members - a Fall bulb sale (Sept/Oct), a judged lily show (July), informational meetings, and an annual general meeting. CPLS also sponsors events that are open to the general public such as informational meetings, judged lily shows (July), information/display booth at Gardenscape (March or April), and a Fall Bulb Sale (September/October). The Society maintains a Heritage lily garden plot on the grounds of the University of Saskatchewan to display the glory of the garden lily and to honour the achievements of Canadian lily hybridizers. CPLS helps fund scientific research of the genus Lilium, and provides scholarships in Horticulture Science to students attending the University of Saskatchewan, and Olds Agricultural College, Olds, Alberta.

Annual General Meeting

2016 AGM - Tuesday April 26

McClure United Church, Saskatoon

Meeting:  7 PM

Guest Speaker:  8 PM

Sara Williams to speak on perennials

*Volunteer Appreciation Draw - at the meeting names of everyone who volunteered for CPLS in 2015 will be entered in the draw for three $75.00 gift cards from Lawson Heights Mall.  Thank you to all who have volunteered time to help with CPLS events this year, much appreciated! CPLS holds one member meeting annually. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each spring. At the AGM only members may vote on CPLS business. Meetings provide an opportunity for members and non-members to meet fellow lily enthusiasts and fellow gardeners. Executive meetings are held four times a year. These meetings deal with issues to maintain the Society athough attended by the exceutive and directors member input is most welcome. Members are encouraged to bring their concerns to any executive or director or to arrange to attend an executive meeting. Members interest is vital to maintaining a strong Society.

Annual Lily Show

CPLS 50th Annual Lily Show

July 22nd and 23rd, 2016

The Mall at Lawson Heights

134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon

We are hoping to organize a lunch or supper to go along with this event.

Annual Bulb Sales

September 30, 2016 - 10 AM to 4 PM

October 1, 2016 - 10 Am to 4 PM

The Mall at Lawson Heights

134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon

CPLS sponsors three bulb sales each year. Money raised at the sales is used primarily to finance four scholarships in horticulture science and related activities of the society. The majority of the bulbs for sale are raised on our plot, other are donated by CPLS members, and a few "newer" varieties are purchased from commerical growers on the Canadian prairies. The Fall Membership Sale is held in early September, a list is sent out with the fall newsletter and members then send in their orders which can either be picked up or can be mailed to them. Our members have first choice at the bulbs offered for sale. Members also receive a 10% discount on mail orders. The Public Sale of lily bulbs is held in late September at a local Mall; and then the following spring bulbs are available at the annual garden and yard show Gardenscape.
Flower arrangement from an Annual Show entry Entries at an Annual Lily Show Bulb sales every fall in Saskatoon, SK

Gardenscape

Gardenscape is an annual garden and yard show held each March at the Prairieland Exhibition Center in Saskatoon. This event began in the late 1980s and has grown exponentially! CPLS has taken part each year since the show's inception. At Gardenscape CPLS has advertized its various activities, promotes the genus Lilium as an excellent choice for prairie gardens, and provides the public with useful cultural information.

North American Lily Show

July 6th to 10th, 2016

Visit the official web site where you can register and learn more about the Show & Conference. Download the NALS 2016 flyer

Scholarships & Support

When finances allow the Society is able to contribute to education and to research projects in horticulture and specifically to lilies. Over the years CPLS has contributed to lily reserach through the North American Lily Society Research fund, the Dept of Horticulture Science, University of Saskatchewan, as well as to research devoted to the red prairie lily, L. philadelphicum. In 2004 the Society has donated funds towards the publication of a book on the Prairie Lily written by Bonnie Lawrence and Ann Leighton. This book will be available in 2005 in time to celebtate the 100th year of Saskatchewan entering the Canadian Confederation. At present CPLS sponsors four annual scholarships, each at $1000, in horticulture. Two scholarships are given at the University of Saskatchewan, and two are given at the Olds College of Agriculture, Olds, Alberta. In 2015 the winner of the Canadian Prairie Lily Society John Bond Scholarship was Rachelle Hofmeister from Saskatoon, and the winner of the Canadian Prairie Lily Society T.A.(Andy) Dingwall Scholarship was Jennifer Grexton from Saskatoon.

Lily Plots

The CPLS plots were established in the early 1990s through the effort of our members: Art Delahey, the late Andy Dingwall, John Bond, the late Shirley McKercher, Jim Smart and Stan Dunville. The results of their hard work were three viable lily plots: one located on the grounds of the University of Saskatchewan, called the Heritage Lily Plot; and two located on private property, the McKercher Plot and the Smart Plot. The Heritage Lily Plot is located in the Horticulture Sciences Experiment area of the University of Saskatchewan. This plot showcases the work of early prairie hybridizers such as C.F. Patterson, A.J. Porter and many other Canadian hybridizers. The plot also serves as a gene pool for current and future hybridizing projects. The McKercher and Smart Plots were removed a number of years ago as we did not have the people needed to look after them. Members are encouraged to help with the maintenance of our plot - it's fun and a great learning experience!
Taken in Jim Sullivan's garden Saskatchewan bred asiatic lily 'Northern Lights' Tabledance lily stems with Bear Grass in a vase
© Canadian Prairie Lily Society (CPLS) 2016
Canadian Prairie Lily Society

Activities & Events

The Society sponsors several annual events for its members - a Fall bulb sale (Sept/Oct), a judged lily show (July), informational meetings, and an annual general meeting. CPLS also sponsors events that are open to the general public such as informational meetings, judged lily shows (July), information/display booth at Gardenscape (March or April), and a Fall Bulb Sale (September/October). The Society maintains a Heritage lily garden plot on the grounds of the University of Saskatchewan to display the glory of the garden lily and to honour the achievements of Canadian lily hybridizers. CPLS helps fund scientific research of the genus Lilium, and provides scholarships in Horticulture Science to students attending the University of Saskatchewan, and Olds Agricultural College, Olds, Alberta.

Annual General

Meeting

2016 AGM - Tuesday April 26

McClure United Church, Saskatoon

Meeting:  7 PM

Guest Speaker:  8 PM

Sara Williams to speak on perennials

*Volunteer Appreciation Draw - at the meeting names of everyone who volunteered for CPLS in 2015 will be entered in the draw for three $75.00 gift cards from Lawson Heights Mall.  Thank you to all who have volunteered time to help with CPLS events this year, much appreciated! CPLS holds one member meeting annually. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each spring. At the AGM only members may vote on CPLS business. Meetings provide an opportunity for members and non-members to meet fellow lily enthusiasts and fellow gardeners. Executive meetings are held four times a year. These meetings deal with issues to maintain the Society athough attended by the exceutive and directors member input is most welcome. Members are encouraged to bring their concerns to any executive or director or to arrange to attend an executive meeting. Members interest is vital to maintaining a strong Society.

Annual Lily Show

CPLS 50th Annual Lily Show

July 22nd and 23rd, 2016

The Mall at Lawson Heights

134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon

We are hoping to organize a lunch or supper to go along with this event.

Annual Bulb Sales

September 30, 2016 - 10 AM to 4 PM

October 1, 2016 - 10 Am to 4 PM

The Mall at Lawson Heights

134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon

CPLS sponsors three bulb sales each year. Money raised at the sales is used primarily to finance four scholarships in horticulture science and related activities of the society. The majority of the bulbs for sale are raised on our plot, other are donated by CPLS members, and a few "newer" varieties are purchased from commerical growers on the Canadian prairies. The Fall Membership Sale is held in early September, a list is sent out with the fall newsletter and members then send in their orders which can either be picked up or can be mailed to them. Our members have first choice at the bulbs offered for sale. Members also receive a 10% discount on mail orders. The Public Sale of lily bulbs is held in late September at a local Mall; and then the following spring bulbs are available at the annual garden and yard show Gardenscape.

Gardenscape

Gardenscape is an annual garden and yard show held each March at the Prairieland Exhibition Center in Saskatoon. This event began in the late 1980s and has grown exponentially! CPLS has taken part each year since the show's inception. At Gardenscape CPLS has advertized its various activities, promotes the genus Lilium as an excellent choice for prairie gardens, and provides the public with useful cultural information.

North American Lily Show

July 6th to 10th, 2016

Visit the official web site where you can register and learn more about the Show & Conference. Download the NALS 2016 flyer

Scholarships & Support

When finances allow the Society is able to contribute to education and to research projects in horticulture and specifically to lilies. Over the years CPLS has contributed to lily reserach through the North American Lily Society Research fund, the Dept of Horticulture Science, University of Saskatchewan, as well as to research devoted to the red prairie lily, L. philadelphicum. In 2004 the Society has donated funds towards the publication of a book on the Prairie Lily written by Bonnie Lawrence and Ann Leighton. This book will be available in 2005 in time to celebtate the 100th year of Saskatchewan entering the Canadian Confederation. At present CPLS sponsors four annual scholarships, each at $1000, in horticulture. Two scholarships are given at the University of Saskatchewan, and two are given at the Olds College of Agriculture, Olds, Alberta. In 2015 the winner of the Canadian Prairie Lily Society John Bond Scholarship was Rachelle Hofmeister from Saskatoon, and the winner of the Canadian Prairie Lily Society T.A.(Andy) Dingwall Scholarship was Jennifer Grexton from Saskatoon.

Lily Plots

The CPLS plots were established in the early 1990s through the effort of our members: Art Delahey, the late Andy Dingwall, John Bond, the late Shirley McKercher, Jim Smart and Stan Dunville. The results of their hard work were three viable lily plots: one located on the grounds of the University of Saskatchewan, called the Heritage Lily Plot; and two located on private property, the McKercher Plot and the Smart Plot. The Heritage Lily Plot is located in the Horticulture Sciences Experiment area of the University of Saskatchewan. This plot showcases the work of early prairie hybridizers such as C.F. Patterson, A.J. Porter and many other Canadian hybridizers. The plot also serves as a gene pool for current and future hybridizing projects. The McKercher and Smart Plots were removed a number of years ago as we did not have the people needed to look after them. Members are encouraged to help with the maintenance of our plot - it's fun and a great learning experience!