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Box 113, 210-2nd Ave South, Marwayne, Alberta  T0B 2X0

Historic Shrub
In the Welcome Triangle on Highway 897 and Railway Avenue cornor you will see our historic Artemisia asperata or Old Man shrub. The book "Heritage Trees of Alberta” lists Marwayne's Welcome Triangle with our Towering Poplar and Artemisia shrub.
Information for the "Old Man” shrub:
The shrub was brought from England about 1904 with the Marfleet’s, one of the original homesteaders in this area. It was planted at the original post office site on the Mr. W.C. Marfleet homestead. Marwayne is a combination of Marfleet and Wainfleet, their former home in England. Doris Tupper, who owns the original site, donated the shrub to the Village in 1999 to be planted in the newly constructed "Welcome Triangle” garden that was being built by volunteers at the entrance to the Village downtown area. Mrs. Tupper called this shrub the "Old Man” and the original is still growing at her farm. The shrub is planted on the south end of the garden.
Information regarding the artemisia abrotanum Southernwood:
  • Common names: lad’s love, boy’s love, old man, appleringie
  • Description: graceful woody perennial shrub, up to 3 feet, with pungent feathery leaves, gray-green and downy. Inconspicuous yellow-green daisy-shaped flowers in late summer.
  • Uses: like all artemisias, named after the Greek goddess Artemis, who had special care of women. Used medicinally as an infusion or tincture to regulate menstruation, but also as an antiseptic, insect repellent and air freshener; used by medieval Crusaders to ward off plague. Has a reputation as a hair-wash and bitter stimulant, and even as an aphrodisiac. Stems yield a yellow dye. It was traditionally believed to ward off infection and, up until the early part of the last century, a bunch of southernwood and rue was placed at the side of a prisoner in the dock to prevent the contagion of jail fever. Women used to carry sprigs of the herb for its pungent odor, which they hoped might keep them awake during church services. The foliage is used in aromatic vinegars, floral waters and pot pourri.
"Welcome Triangle” garden:
The volunteers of Marwayne on the old intersection of Railway Avenue South and Highway 897 built the Welcome Triangle in 1999. This area was reclaimed after the intersection approach was changed onto Highway 897. Melva Ford organized the community and a beautiful garden emerged that encompasses a raised flowerbed, historical Marfleet shrub from England, historic tamarack flag pole, a row of towering poplars to stop the eye to look at the other beautiful shrubs and trees. The garden also contains: a spruce tree, flowering purple crabs, high bush cranberry, variegated dogwoods, mugo pine, and evergreen shrubs were planted in the Triangle. Every year a group of volunteers plants annuals in the flowerbed for a spectacular display each year. This garden was created to beautify the area and entice the travelers to stop and enjoy the amenities of our Village.
In November 2001 our landmark twelve feet, 3 dimensional "Snowman” was purchased and lights up the Triangle for the winter months along with the reindeer, lamppost and small snowman.