From the Vault Friday: South Peace Horticultural Society

Image: SPRA Fonds 021

Today’s “From the Vault Friday” features a program for the South Peace Horticultural Society’s 9th Annual Flower Show in June 1977.  The South Peace Horticultural Society was formed in 1969. The society was a member of the Alberta Horticultural Association and its major projects each year were the Spring and Fall flower shows. This was later downsized to one annual flower show. In 1975, the Society adopted the pansy as its symbol, after the Grande Prairie City Council rejected it as the flower emblem of the city. The Society then had a 9 month long artwork competition, open to the public, to design a crest. The winner, Irene Pearcy, won a cash prize of $10 and a copy of the embroidered crest.

Image: Photo of the crest, SPRA Fonds 021

In addition to the Flower Shows, the Society worked on a variety of projects, from co-sponsored landscaping classes to a vegetable project in conjunction with John G.N. Davidson, Ph. D. from the Beaverlodge Research Station.

The club disbanded in 1987.

Read more about the South Peace Horticultural Society fonds (Fonds 021) here and and in the June 2019 edition of Telling Our Stories here

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.