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The Frank Skinner Arboretum North of Russell

The Shell River 1 meanders southward in the eastern part of the photo on its way to the Assiniboine. It has left behind several clearly defined river terraces 2. Much of the western part of the area is covered by ground moraine with indistinct north-northeast/south-southwest trending ridges with the characteristic mottled tones of ground moraine 3. In the west, much of the land has been cleared for agriculture, but there are numerous sloughs 4 and patches of woodland 5. Where agriculture is practised there are some large fields 6, but in some cases field shape is influenced by the topography 7.

In the southern part of sections 3 and 4, township 24, range 28WI are small fields, hedges, and patches of woodland 8. This is the Frank Skinner Arboretum. It was established by Frank Skinner, pioneer horticulturist, who, over decades, gathered and planted seeds from around the world and nurtured them to full maturity, despite a harsh prairie climate. “Today, this Provincial Historic Site contains nearly 250 plant species introduced to Manitoba and features the oldest, most extensive collection of trees and shrubs on the Canadian prairies.”[i] The north/south PTH 83 is located on the west 9.


[i] Senecal, C. Pelicans to Polar Bears-Watching Wildlife in Manitoba. Winnipeg: Heartland Publications, 1999, 198.

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The Frank Skinner Arboretum North of Russell