Margaret "Peg" Hayward

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Margaret Hayward
Margaret (Peg) Hayward was born in Monte Vista, Colorado May 1, 1914. After graduating from Adams State College with majors in music and English, she taught one year before moving to Denver where she met her artist  husband, Phil.
After their three children were grown, Peg began volunteering at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  During her 24 years of service, she wrote the first Conservatory Guide Book, and trained tour guides along with being on the editorial staff of the Green Thumb Magazine. During the same time she played violin with the Community Arts Symphony Orchestra for 17 years.
Peg’s interest in the art of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, lead her to study this art. She completed the first three teacher’s diplomas from the Sogetsu School and then taught private lessons.
Peg and Phil traveled throughout the world and especially enjoyed the tropical islands where Phil photographed natives for future paintings and Peg identified wonderful plants and flowers. They collected Christmas ornaments representing the natural materials of each country .  Peg’s Christmas tree contained over 800 ornaments representing 70 countries and was her pride and joy each year.
Peg’s passing at age 99 represented a life lived fully. She loved her garden and was watching the first signs of spring appear. She died peacefully at home and is survived by her daughter, Sandy Hayward and son Gary and his wife Gail.

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