Taken at The 7th Annual Art in the Garden Event
June was a hectic month at the George Pegg Botanic Garden. The beginning of the month was filled with preparations for our 7th Annual Art in the Garden Outdoor Art Show and Sale. The art show went off without a hitch. The afternoon of Sunday, Father’s Day, June 16th was idyllic, the weather, the art, and the music all contributed to a pleasant atmosphere. The Joe Saumer Big Band and the Magic Lamp Singers had attendees bobbing their heads for the whole afternoon. The artists had patrons marveling at their talents for the whole afternoon. The picturesque views of the garden had visitors mesmerized for the whole afternoon. We invite all to join us next year on Father’s Day to experience a lovely afternoon of art, music, and nature.
On Tuesday, June 18th we welcomed the grade fours and fives from Darwell Elementary School for a day of outdoor Science Programs. The children were entranced by the plethora of plants and critters onsite at the Garden. The field trip included stations discussing water quality, biodiversity, wetland health, aquatic species, and Pegg family history. On Thursday, June 20th, we hosted Onoway Elementary Schools three Grade Five classes for more Wetlands studies. Thanks to Lac Ste. Anne County’s Ag Services Summer Staff for their help leading the field stations and help making both field trips run smoothly.
The month of June also saw many visitors at the Garden, such as the Organic Master Gardening Class from the Multicultural Heritage Centre, and staff from Alberta Open Farm Days. Additionally, the visit from the Alberta Open farm Days staff prompted more planning and preparations for the upcoming Rural Roots Farmer Showcase Culinary Event.
The last week of June was filled with preparations for July’s events at the George Pegg Botanic Garden, such as the high heat composting event lead by Dawn Boileau, the introduction to Botanical Art class taught by Rayma Peterson, and the 2nd Annual Tea in The Garden. For more information regarding these and other upcoming events at the garden please refer to the events portion of the website.
The month of May saw the beginning of our vigorous efforts to revive the garden back to its pre-winter state. Following May long weekend, this year’s garden supervisor officially started. This coupled with, volunteer efforts has lead to the recovery and beautification of the George Pegg Botanic Garden. One of the notable groups volunteers that came out in May were, the Magnolia Joy of Gardening club. These ladies were gracious enough to donate their time to our garden. They spent a morning helping our garden supervisor prune the rose garden and plant Dahlias.Volunteers are crucial to keeping the George Pegg Botanic Garden as picturesque and beautiful as ever, thus we are extremely appreciative of all our volunteers.