2017 Events

Spring flowers are blooming at the beautiful George Pegg Botanic Garden and our volunteers have a lineup of events ready for the season. On Sunday, June 4th our birding friends Peggy and John Follinsbee are ready to answer your bird watching questions and take visitors for a walk around the pond. Drop in anytime from 9:00am-1:00pm!

The 5th Annual Art in the Garden Show and Sale is sure to draw a crowd on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th. Along with many talented artists displaying their work, there is music, food on the grill, and an art project for families.  Artists are invited to participate in the show - contact Hilde Keller at 780-785-2103 for more information.  The Art Show’s Youth Art Competition is a great way for aspiring artists to show off their skill, check out the Art in the Garden facebook page for entry details. 

We are celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary on Sunday, July 9th.  The day starts off with a pancake brunch from 11am-1:00pm.  Check out our Events page for details or call 780-203-0331

George Pegg Annual General Meeting

The George Pegg Botanic Garden Society annual general meeting is scheduled for April 12th at the Gunn Hall.

Speaker Presentation: "Quilts and Cucumbers. Discovering Alberta’s History... One Quilt at a Time"

Location: Gunn Community Hall

6pm light supper

6:45  Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator Western Canadian History,  A Royal Alberta Museum Curatorial Presentation

8pm Annual General Meeting, photo review of 2016, hear about exciting plans for 2017

No charge to attend - anyone with an interest in the Pegg Garden or interested in western Canadian history is welcome to attend

 

Art & Music at George Pegg Garden

A Gathering of Talented Artists in a Beautiful Setting

(PRESS RELEASE: June 10, 2015) Not only is Sunday, June 21 Father’s Day, it is also National Garden Day and the George Pegg Botanic Garden is celebrating in a big way!  From noon to 5 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to the third annual Art in the Garden Show and Sale.

It is a colourful scene with more than 20 artists displaying their work throughout the Garden. Event coordinator and artist Hilde Keller says “We are excited to have many returning artists as well as several new and interesting participants.  The range of work is wonderful.”  While the Garden provides a unique backdrop, visitors also have a rare opportunity to talk to each of the artisans and to learn about their craft.

Adding another dimension to the event, Sangudo Arts for Everyone (SAFE) has a full slate of musicians to perform throughout the art show.  Starting with the Magic Lamp Singers and rounding out the show with other featured musicians, the repertoire will stretch from folk to rock to Celtic.

Visitors will also be treated to a display of work from our young artists.  They will help judge the Youth Art Competition featuring junior and senior high school students.  With face painter Jacquie Paul at work, there will also be many creative creatures roaming the Garden, and local artist Katrina Spicer has an art project for all the little visitors.  Rounding off the day is good food, with a concession in the Visitors Centre and Corny Productions set up in the Garden.

Admission to the Garden is by donation and includes a show book with artist biographies. For updates about the art festival call the Garden at 780-203-0331 or visit www.PeggGarden.org. The George Pegg Garden is west of Onoway, on highway #43, just 2 km north of Glenevis. Watch for the signs.

Youth Art Competition at Pegg Garden

A Showcase for Our Young Artists

(PRESS RELEASE: May 27, 2015) An impressive lineup of artists are preparing for the 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale at the George Pegg Garden on Sunday June 21, from noon to 5pm. This year students from grades 1-12 are invited to enter their art work for a public display.

For each participant from grades 1-6 there are prizes of art supplies. Junior and High School students are invited to enter up to 2 pieces for the Viewers’ Choice Award with a chance to win 2 cash prizes

Artist and event organizer Hilde Keller said “Our local youth have so much talent. This is an excellent opportunity for art show visitors to see what they can do.” More information about the youth contest is available on the Pegg Garden website www.PeggGarden.org and by contacting Carol Wagner at 780-902-2085 or wagner@ualberta.ca

Art Festival at Pegg Garden: Artists Invited to Take Part

The beautiful setting at the George Pegg Garden is a perfect backdrop for artists to display their work. On Sunday, June 21st Lac Ste. Anne County’s historic Garden is host to the third annual Art in the Garden Show and Sale.

Art Show coordinator Hilde Keller is delighted with the range of artists coming to this year’s event. Visitors will see everything from landscapes to abstract and ornamental to functional. Fine art in watercolour, acrylic, oil, and pastels along with ceramics, pottery, and fibre art will add colour to the Garden.

Artists of all ages are welcome to be a part of the show. For registration forms call the Garden at 780-203-0331, visit the website at www.PeggGarden.org, or contact Ms. Keller at hildekeller@gmail.com.

 

George Pegg Annual Meeting & Rare Plants Talk

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. 

Welcome to our new site!

A new website for the Garden has been very long overdue and we are very pleased to finally release it! We are hopeful that this new website will give us more space and allow us to communicate more effectively. Please check back often for updates and event listings!

Like most new things, there may some hitches at first, so please forgive any errors or glitches you may notice. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the new site, please send them to Meg at scip@megankruse.ca