Thursday, April 30, 2015

George Pegg Garden: Rare Plants & Annual Meeting

Join us Monday, May 4th for a light supper at 6pm. At 7pm meet our guest Kristen Andersen speaking about the rare plants of the Whitehorse Wildland Park. Annual meeting to follow. Everyone is welcome, be a part of our 2015 season!  Admission by donation. We are meeting at the Glenevis Hall.  Glenevis is south of Pegg Garden, at the intersection of Highway 43 and Range Road 42A. For more information call 780-203-0331.

Presentation Summary
For many people, the historic George Pegg Garden evokes images of the unusual butternut tree, exploring the old log house, or dabbling in the pond.  However it was George Pegg’s passion for identifying Alberta’s native plants that makes the Garden significant.  He had a particular interest in the Cadomin area. Located near Jasper, it is now part of the Whitehorse Wildland Park .

Whitehorse Wildland Park is truly a gem nestled on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to Jasper National Park. It is home to many wonderful hiking trails and alpine wildflower meadows such as the Cardinal Divide, which is one of the only alpine zones around that is accessible by car.

Over 250 plant species have been documented as occurring in the Wildland Park area. Of these, a striking number are rare, and/or have unusual distributions, which some attribute to unique geology there. Home to so many important plants and wildlife species, and with threats from mining operations nearby, the ANPC has maintained a stewardship presence there for many years. A team of botanists including our guest speaker is currently developing a field guide to common plants of the Whitehorse Wildland Park to provide an educational tool and help promote conservation for this special place. Join us to hear and see the wildflowers and other unique aspects of the Whitehorse Wildland Park.

Our Guest Speaker
Kristen Andersen has worked as an environmental consultant for the past 17 years, and has been an active volunteer with the Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) during the past 7 years, currently as the Information and Education Committee Lead and as Steward of the Whitehorse Wildland Park. She also teaches Wetland Ecology at the University Of Alberta Faculty Of Extension. Native plant conservation is part of both her work and hobbies and encouraging others to see the natural resources around us in a new light is one of her favorite things to do.

The Annual Meeting
Everyone with an interest in the Garden is invited to attend. See a photo review of what we accomplished in 2014 and hear about our plans for the 2015 season.  Volunteers are the driving force of this scenic site.  While we have a full slate of executive members for the board, we always welcome new members as directors and volunteers. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Job Posting for George Pegg Garden

George Pegg Botanic Garden
Student summer employment opportunities

The George Pegg Botanic Garden Society is accepting applications for enthusiastic students who enjoy working with people and being outdoors. The work involves a focus on garden maintenance.

Garden Supervisor
12 weeks, start date: first week of June 2015

Primary responsibility is daily maintenance at the Garden and supervision of staff and volunteers. Garden tasks include weeding, planting, and pruning. Other duties include restoration plan for historic plantings, presenting school programs and providing tours for visitors to the site.
Wage $15.00/hour or more depending on experience.

Garden Assistant
8 weeks, start date July 2, 2015

 Primary responsibility is daily maintenance at the Garden. Garden tasks include weeding, watering, mowing, and planting.  Other duties include general maintenance of the historic buildings and providing tours for visitors to the site. Wage: $14.50/hour


Employment Guidelines:
8:30am- 5:00pm, 40 hours/week
5 days a week, including some weekends
The Pegg Garden is 2.5 km north of Glenevis, AB.
Employees must have transportation to the Garden.
Health and safety training provided by Lac Ste. Anne County.

Qualifications:
Applicants must be between 15-30 years old (inclusive) and are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Experience in landscape maintenance, plant identification, or botany is an asset. Employees must have outdoor work clothes, including steel-toed footwear.

Deadline April 22, 2015
Submit a resume with cover letter, marked George Pegg Botanic Garden to:
Box 463, Sangudo, T0E 2A0

Fax: 780-785-2000 or email: LTaylor@LSAC.ca

For Information: Lorraine Taylor, Horticulturist, Lac Ste. Anne County
780-785-3411 or toll free 1-866-880-5722, 780-203-2968 (cell)

The George Pegg Botanic Garden is a Provincial Historic Resource. The 12 acre site is 50 minutes west of Edmonton, in scenic Lac Ste. Anne County. With the assistance of a team of dedicated volunteers we work to preserve the historic garden and to share information about the important botanical work of George Pegg by hosting special events, educational workshops, and school programs. Visit  www.PeggGarden.org

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Planning is underway for Art in the Garden 2015

Hello to our artist friends! Plans are now under way for the 3rd Annual Art Show & Sale at the George Pegg Botanic Garden! 

The date is Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015As we confirm more details we will update this website. Our goal is to increase the number of artists at the show.  If you know other artists who would like to participate please spread the word!

The 2014 Art Show and Sale was great success.  Set up around the Garden, more than 20 artists showcased their talent. Our musical friends entertained visitors through the whole day.  We were pleased with the number of entries in the first Youth Art Competition. Visitors and vendors loved the spectacular weather. 

We plan to add a few more interesting pieces to the 2015 Art Show. We hope you will save the date and plan to be a part of this event. If you would like to register or need more information contact Hilde Keller at: hildekeller@gmail.com or Lorraine Taylor at 1-866-880-5722.

See our Art Show page here for registration form and information

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wet Felted Vessels Workshop

Wet Felted Vessels Workshop
Sunday, August 24
George Pegg Botanic Garden
With Lonna Cunningham
11am-2:30pm
$25.00 registration, includes all materials

Create felted vessels that can be used as decorative cache pots, yarn bowls, or catch-alls.

Lonna is a local author and fibre artist who discovered the magic of wool and works with it in all sorts of ways: spinning, knitting, weaving, and felting.

George Pegg Botanic Garden 780-203-0331 to pre-register

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pond Peering! *Still a few spaces left*

Monday, July 21  1-4pm
Pond Peering at Pegg- Pull on your rubber boots and head out to the pond! We’ll dip into the water to see who is living there.  Learn about some amazing plants that keep our wetlands healthy. AND become a Predacious Diving Beetle.  Come dressed for the weather.
$15.00/participant
7years +
Snack & drink provided

Outdoor Jamboree

George Pegg Botanic Garden
Outdoor Jamboree
Sunday, July 27 11am-3pm

$5.00 admission - Refreshments and food for sale - Entertainment
all day - Classic country music + old time rock & roll
Join us rain or shine! Sheltered location for any weather
Band: Just Us with Walter Dauble & Henri Therrien
Horticulture Hot Topic: Beneficial Backyard Bugs
Children’s Craft Project: Make a treasure book with Garden memories!

Free admission for entertainers, please sign-in on arrival

For more information: 780-203-0331   www.PeggGarden.org

2.5km N of Glenevis junction, off Hwy 43. Watch for the signs

Wet Felted Vessels Workshop

Wet Felted Vessels Workshop
Sunday, August 24
Wet Felted Vessels
With Lonna Cunningham
11am-2:30pm
$25.00 registration, includes all materials

Create felted vessels that can be used as decorative cache pots, yarn bowls, or catch-alls. 

Lonna is a local author and fibre artist who discovered the magic of wool and works with it in all sorts of ways: spinning, knitting, weaving, and felting.

George Pegg Botanic Garden 780-203-0331 to pre-register