After “retiring” from our careers in business (Debbie as an event coordinator for a major company; Ray as owner and president of an advertising agency), we decided to embark on our mission to promote horticulture, and urban agriculture in particular.
Debbie holds a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a Master Gardener with more than 40 years experience as a home gardening enthusiast, along with experience working in a highly regarded gardening centre and exhibitor and volunteer at Gardenscape Saskatoon.
A former high school educator and owner of an advertising agency for more than 25 years, Ray holds a B.A. (adv.) and B.Ed. from the U of S, and recently became a certified horticulturalist by completing the Prairie Horticulture Certificate through the University of Saskatchewan with an overall average of 91% in classes including landscape design, applied botany, soils for horticulture, propagation, fruit production, integrated plant and pest management, and safe post-harvest food handling. In 2015, Ray also earned accreditation as a Green Roof Professional through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Like Debbie, he is a Master Gardener as well as a Composting Coach in Saskatoon.
R&D Garden Services is a registered Saskatchewan business, licenced with the City of Saskatoon. R&D is a member of the Saskatoon Horticultural Society and strong supporter of numerous related organizations.