Memorable Manitobans: Hector MacDonald (?-1973)
He trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Edinburgh, Scotland then came to Canada in 1919. He spent seven years working with Frank Leith Skinner at Dropmore. From there he worked successively in St. Vital Park, Kildonan Park, and Assiniboine Park. He was largely responsible for the development of the English Gardens at the latter before retirement in 1965. He catalogued and published a book on the native plants of Manitoba. He was an Associate Editor of The Prairie Garden.
He was married twice, first to Minnie MacDonald (?-1971) and second to Winnifred “Freddie” Macdonald. He had no children. He was a member of the Masons (Meridian Lodge), Winnipeg Horticultural Society, and Kildonan Presbyterian Church. In recognition of his community service, he was given an Award of Merit by the Mid-Continent Regional Parks and Recreation Conference (1966) and the Manitoba Golden Boy Award (1961).
He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 29 December 1973.
“Macdonald to get award,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1966.
Obituary [Minnie MacDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1971, page 24.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1973, page 25.
“Over the garden wall,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 1974, page 95.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 January 2023