Ge­orge Pegg’s botan­i­cal im­pact

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After his par­ents’ deaths Ge­orge Pegg con­tin­ued to farm the fam­ily homestead. Al­though Pegg was an avid nat­u­ral­ist, it is his in­ter­est in botany and hor­ti­cul­ture that will be most re­mem­bered. He be­came in­ter­ested in iden­ti­fy­ing and clas­si­fy­ing the wild plants of the coun­try­side. Pegg pressed spec­i­mens to record his ob­ser­va­tions, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a mas­sive pressed plant col­lec­tion. He is rec­og­nized for his many con­tri­bu­tions to the field of botany with his first-time-in-al­berta iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of plant species, his plant col­lec­tion and li­brary of books on botany.

Ge­orge Pegg had a pow­er­ful im­pact on the cat­e­go­riza­tion and un­der­stand­ing of Al­berta’s di­verse flora. It was his dis­cov­ery of an area that had es­caped the glacial scrub­bing and plant erad­i­ca­tion of the last ice age that had the most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact and led to the the­ory of “glacial refu­gia” in the Rock­ies. His con­sul­ta­tions with Dr. Ezra H. Moss at the Univer­sity of Al­berta expanded Moss’s 1959 book, Flora of Al­berta, by more than 100 species, 50 of which had been un­known to ex­ist in Al­berta up to that time. He

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