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Ieuan Evans on Fruit Trees (Shrubs) Galore in Alberta
Seen any big apple or cherry trees in B.C. lately over 8 feet? How do you pick apples from a 15 – 20-foot tree? Why do all the fruit groves face Northwest in B.C.? Our nurseries sell us trees where the graft (union) is way to high on the trunk. Ieuan has a Goodland apple SHRUB that produced 500 lbs. of apples in 2017. He picked every one standing on the ground. Small is best, big is out.
Ieuan grew up on a mixed farm in South Wales, spoke Welsh and later English. He played rugby and athletics in high school and for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and earned a BSc. Hons. Agriculture, University of Wales, 1963. His PhD was from the University of Florida, Gainesville, 1969, in Plant Diseases and Micronutrients.
Professor and Rugby coach University of Guelph 1969 – 1974. From 1974 to 2002 he was the Alberta Provincial Disease Specialist. His research included ergot in wheat, worked on ring rot of potatoes, blackleg of canola and head blight of wheat. He instigated the Dutch Elm Disease Program. He was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2012.
As a lily breeder, he has won hundreds of awards, both locally and internationally, including Best Lily in Show in St. Louis, Missouri, 2017. In addition to lilies, he breeds peonies, peas, apples, potatoes, tomatoes, pansies, faba beans, runner beans, and iris.