Ruth Robinson

Ruth Robinson graduated from the University of Guelph’s Environmental Horticulture program in 1974 and got a job at the fledging Arboretum as a plant propagation technician. She describes the experience of learning directly from Arboretum Director, R. J. Hilton, on how to prune, bud, and graft plants — skills that she has been able to use throughout her career as a landscaper and in her volunteer work as well. Ruth also shares that she was gifted with R. J. Hilton’s budding knife once he retired, a possession she treasures along with her memories at the Arboretum.


Interview by Jingyi Long, CTS*3020 student, University of Guelph.