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When Saskatoon's 'best yard' became a local attraction

Anne Ronning could certainly claim bragging rights after seeing her home garden named as Saskatoon's best yard.

Anne Ronning took pride in her gardening work, but she put in the time to perfect it

Anne Ronning's garden had a lot of admirers in Saskatoon in 1989. 1:21

Anne Ronning could certainly claim bragging rights after seeing her home garden named as Saskatoon's best yard.

She'd earned the recognition, having put in the work to make her property look so good.

"She spends every afternoon and every night caring for her flowers," the CBC's Kim Trynacity told viewers, who got a glimpse of Ronning's garden on CBC's Midday in August of 1989.

Busloads of admirers

A city tour brought people to the Saskatoon home of Anne Ronning back in the summer of 1989, after her property was named "best yard." (Midday/CBC Archives)

Her yardwork had also drawn admirers who had dropped by as part of a city tour — four busloads of guests, in fact, had walked through Ronning's yard on the day Trynacity was there. 

Ronning said she didn't even want to go away on a holiday, as there would be no one else to look after her flowers.

"They would never do all what I do, never take the time, " Ronning told CBC News.

An example of some of flowers that were on display at Anne Ronning's Saskatoon home when a CBC reporter dropped by in 1989. (Midday/CBC Archives)

Ronning had been honing her gardening skills for many years. 

In August 1978, she was mentioned in a Newsday report about the top gardens in Saskatoon.

"Anne Ronning says she spends at least five hours a day in her garden making everything look as perfect as she can," reporter John Davidson told viewers.

"It costs her about $300 for seeds and bedding plants alone."

Anne Ronning had one of the best gardens in Saskatoon in the summer of 1978. 2:25

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