The University of Saskatchewan's Arboretum was established in 1966 as part of the Prairie Regional Trials for Woody Ornamentals experiment. Today an informal experiment continues to test the hardiness of woody plant species, while working towards plant conservation and genetic diversity. Dozens of new specimens are added each year, often sourced from wild seed of Canadian species or obtained from botanical gardens of the northern hemisphere. The arboretum has grown into one of the most compelling collections of trees, shrubs, and vines in the Canadian Prairie Provinces. 

Located in zone 3b of the plant hardiness zones of Canada, the site experiences a sunny continental climate with cold snowy winters and hot summers. Despite climatic extremes, a surprising number of woody plants thrive here, responding to well-defined seasons and long hours of summer sunshine.

An invaluable reference for horticulture and botany, the picturesque site is also used for photography, field trips, and strolls. Patterson Garden Arboretum is a garden attraction of Canada's Garden Route. It is nearby to the main campus area and is open to the public throughout the year, free of charge, from sunrise to sunset.