The Regina Floral Conservatory is operated and maintained by the Regina Garden Associates, a volunteer, non-profit organization, in partnership with the City of Regina.
The Regina Garden Associates is a volunteer non-profit organization that operates the Regina Floral Conservatory to provide a unique, tranquil, indoor tropical garden for the enjoyment and education of all ages and cultures in our community.
Regina Floral Conservatory
The Regina Floral Conservatory is home to Regina's premiere indoor garden display and is open seven days a week from September to June. During the operating season, there are six featured floral displays that are designed, installed and maintained by volunteers of the Regina Garden Associates. The Conservatory is also home to regularly scheduled events (teas and meditation classes) small weddings and other social gatherings.
The current facility was established by the City of Regina during the 1950s. It housed the main office building for the City Parks and Recreation Department and also consisted of three small greenhouses to grow plant material used to beautify the city. A portion of this operation was later opened to the public featuring a variety of themed displays, so that the citizens of Regina and area could enjoy an indoor garden space, as well as a wide variety of educational programming (from school tours to Lil' Gardeners Club). Another large production greenhouse was built in 1986 and was used by the City until 1999, when it was leased to Trico Farms, a commercial greenhouse operation. This greenhouse was dismantled in 2008 to make room for the new Parks and Open Space office building directly south of the old building. Two of the small greenhouses were dismantled in 1990, and in 1996, Regina's City Council proposed to close the remaining greenhouse (the one open to the public) and their horticultural program in favour of contracting commercial suppliers for plant material for city parks and flowerbeds. Due to enthusiastic public support, the display greenhouse was kept open, and in 1999, a partnership was formed with the RGA to maintain the floral display, organize rentals and events, and operate a small gift shop in the main facility.
The greenhouse was renamed the Regina Floral Conservatory in 2002.
Regina Garden Associates - Our pride in bloom
The RGA was formed as a non-profit organization in 1991 with the goal of supporting the establishment and development of horticultural projects within the City of Regina. The original group of 12 members has grown over the years to a membership of more than 100 dedicated volunteers with a passion for gardening, plants and all things green. In 1999, the RGA and the City formed a partnership to maintain a 315 square metre greenhouse display, oversee special events and run a small gift shop. Fundraising activities have varied and have included teas, a gift shop, tree banding kits, plant sales, "Grow and Show" contests, gardening classes, seed packaging and sales, and facility rental and promotion. Over the last two decades, the RGA has focused on working with students, teachers and parents from Regina and area schools to foster awareness of gardening, horticulture and the environment. The conservatory's gift shop was closed in 2008 to allow volunteers to focus on more educational and horticultural programs.