George Pegg’s botanical impact
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