On a bright, hot, summer day in this garden, it is hard to remember just how bleak and cold Canadian winters can be.
On the outer perimeter of the farm yard stands a shelterbelt of towering white and Colorado spruce. To the north are such trees as white pine, willow and American linden. They provide wonderful protection for the orchard. Many of the apple trees have died out over the years and have been replaced with young trees; however, there are still a few of the original fruit trees left.
Other trees, uncommon at the time, include bur oak, northern red oak, Ohio buckeye, butternut, Lombardy poplar, Swedish columnar aspen, silver maple, Tartarian maple, Ussurian pear, balsam fir, ponderosa pine, white cedar, nannyberry, little leaved linden and Japanese tree lilacs. Many of these trees and other plants have flourished here for some 80 years.
There are also clematis, daylilies, blue camas and a good patch of poison ivy! In early spring, squills, prairie crocuses, dog-toothed violets, cowslips, lungwort and early blue violets make their appearance. To the southwest of the house, a wet area is home to lilies, yellow flag iris, buttercups and shooting stars.
A garden of this magnitude requires many hands, and it is surviving with the help of the George Pegg Botanic Garden Society, whose members oversee its general upkeep, seasonal maintenance, site preservation and repairs. Since 1989 the society and a number of consultants have created a master development plan to restore the site and buildings as well as inventory the plants and historic artifacts. In 1992 the George Pegg Garden was designated a provincial historic resource. It will hopefully be around for the enjoyment of many future generations.