Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Spring!

Congratulations! It's 20 degrees outside right now, I think we can say that we've officially made it through another winter! With spring comes many wonderful things - fluffy catkins, mud puddles and a quick glimpse of upcoming events at George Pegg!
Mark your calendars now before they fill up! Details to follow:

Thursday, May 8th - George Pegg Botanic Garden Annual Meeting. 6pm, Glenevis Hall, join us for a light supper, highlights of the 2013 season, and a guest speaker.

Sunday, June 1st - George Pegg Botanic Garden Annual Bird Count and Perennial Plant Swap and Sale

Sunday, June 15th - George Pegg Botanic Garden 2nd Annual Art in the Garden Show & Sale, 11am-4pm. Meet a wide array of artists in this historic garden setting. Art demonstrations, singer-songwriter coffeehouse, children's art activities, plus food and refreshments.

Sunday, July 13th - George Pegg Botanic Garden Jamboree.

Sunday, August 24th - George Pegg Botanic Garden, Fibre Art Workshop with Lonna Cunningham. Discover the fascinating art of wet felting. Everyone takes home a felted vessel for cut flowers.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The George Pegg Botanic Garden Society is always looking for volunteers to help with the Garden, the Society or fundraising. If you are interested in giving a hand, please contact Lorraine:
Email: ltaylor@lsac.ca
Phone: Lac Ste Anne County Office 780-785-3411 (please leave your name and number)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Rural Rendezvous Christmas!!!

Rural Rendezvous Christmas
At Beyond the Blue Sky (Darwell, AB)
Sunday, November 17th
Pegg Garden is setting up shop at Beyond the Blue Sky, 3 km north of Darwell.  Our volunteers are busy making Christmas gifts inspired by the Garden*.  Bring a food bank donation and take a sleigh ride with the Clydesdales Rosie & Jake.  Visit RRTour.ca for all the details!

*We recommend pre-ordering fresh outdoor wreaths and swags, call Lorraine at 780-203-2968 or ltaylor@lsac.ca

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Christmas Rendezvous Event

Christmas Rendezvous
Sunday, November 17th
Beyond the Blue Sky, Darwell
Time TBA

The 7th Annual Rural Rendezvous Christmas is set for Sunday, November 17th. George Pegg Garden will be hanging out at Beyond the Blue Sky, just north of Darwell. Drop by for some seasonal treats, hot drinks and great local products for everyone on your Christmas list! More details to come

Star Gazing with the Royal Astronomy Society of Canada

Annual Star Gazing Event
Friday, November 8th
George Pegg Botanic Garden
Time TBA

Join us for an evening of star gazing! Members from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are coming out to show us what there is to see in the night sky.

Photography enthusiasts welcome! This is a great opportunity to try out long exposure techniques like star trails! Please observe group star watching etiquette - no lights once the event starts and absolutely no flash. Thank you!

Learn more about the RASC at http://edmontonrasc.com

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Photos from the Garden

These beautiful photographs are courtesy of Roberta and James Spellman of Swan Hills, Alberta, who spent a lovely day at the Garden with their cameras! They were kind enough to share these images for our website though, regretfully, I didn't find the time to post them until now.

Thank you, James and Roberta!

If you have a spectacular photo to share with us from a visit to the Pegg Garden this summer, please send it to us at ltaylor@gov.lacsteanne.ab.ca

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Preserving the Harvest - Pegg Annual Harvest Event

Annual Harvest Event: Preserving the Harvest
Sunday, September 1st, 10am-4pm
George Pegg Botanic Garden

Interested in preservation? Ever wanted to do your own canning but not sure where to start? Drop in to Pegg Garden on Sunday, September 1st between 10am-4pm.

As you stroll through the garden landscape and enjoy the beautiful autumn colours take in displays on various methods of food preservation. From canning, to drying, to root cellars and more, there are many ways to save your produce and enjoy it all winter long. A beet theme will fill the day so bring your appetite and try one of the many delicious homemade dishes prepared by Pegg volunteers! Bring along your favourite beet recipes to share them with other visitors and don’t forget to pick up a free ATCO kitchen recipe. Had a bountiful harvest? Bring your surplus garden produce for the 2nd annual Pegg Swap and Sale!

As parents learn new tips and tricks, our children’s craft lets kids have fun with food. Don’t forget to enter the door prize draw for a chance to win a prize pack donated by the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen.

Admission to the Garden is by donation. For updates about the event call the Garden at 780-203-0331, visit www.PeggGarden.org and check out the Pegg Garden facebook page.

We are located 2.5 km north of Glenevis off Highway #43, watch for the signs!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Silk Scarf Ecoprinting & Dyeing Wool with Plants

Silk Scarf Ecoprinting & Dyeing Wool with Plants Workshop
Sunday, August 25, 11am-2pm
George Pegg Botanic Garden

Botany Meets Art at the George Pegg Botanic Garden!
On August 25 from 11am- 2pm come to the Garden to try an exciting art form with instructor Lonna Cunningham. Students prepare yarn for natural dye baths and discover the colours that can be produced from a variety of plants and mordants. Learn about growing and harvesting these plants in our climate, both flowers you can grow in your garden and weeds you can gather from the wild or back yard. Each student creates an Ecoprint on silk fabric using materials gathered at the Pegg Garden. 

This event is by registration only. A $25.00 fee will be charged, which includes materials. To sign up call the Garden at 780-203-0331. For more information visit www.PeggGarden.org and check out the Pegg Garden facebook page.

Funding support from Government of Alberta – Advanced Education and Technology through the Whitecourt/Lac Ste. Anne Support for Adult Learning

The George Pegg Garden is 50 minutes west of Edmonton, 2 km north of Glenevis on highway #43, watch for the signs.

Instructor Biography - Lonna Cunningham
Ten years ago Lonna Cunningham decided to take up spinning. The CD spindle led to a turned wooden one, which led to a wheel, which led to a farm with Icelandic sheep, which led to several antique wheels and a general obsession with wool and fibre arts. Living on a farm has brought her into close contact with plants like tansy and Canada Thistle which piqued her curiosity about finding potential uses for these plants. Her goal in teaching fibre arts is to encourage people who might otherwise be hesitant to experiment with unfamiliar materials and techniques to discover the joy of playing with fibre. Everyone is welcome in her classes, especially absolute beginners! Lonna has just published her second book with a third one currently germinating.