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New Gardening Fact Sheets on Perennials

With support from the Conexus Credit Union's (CCU) Community Investment Program, the Regina Garden Associates (RGA) at the Regina Floral Conservatory aim to promote environmental stewardship through a series of gardening fact sheets, teaching appreciation of growing plants and basic gardening practices to the general public.

FACT SHEETS

 

The RGA has released two new fact sheets on perennials - one for Partial Sun to Full Sun and a second for Partial Shade to Full Shade.  These fact sheets will help any level of gardener when it comes to planning a perennial garden, selecting different colours and heights of plants, determining layout and location, and learning about which perennials grow best in our climate.

The series of gardening fact sheets also includes sheets on Composting in the Home Garden and Fall Bulbs.

Visit the Regina Floral Conservatory often and continue learning about gardening through our fact sheets.

FACT SHEETS

Conservatory featured in RV West Magazine

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The Conservatory is featured in the January 2014 edition of RV West Magazine alongside Wascana Centre Authority and the Edwardian Gardens at Government House.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Regina's Floral Conservatory offers a stunning indoor display of flowers, trees and large plants and six revolving seasonal displays open from September through June.

Jess Paul, president of Regina Garden Associates, which operates the conservatory, said the display kicks off fall with autumn flowers and then moves into Christmas wonderland featuring poinsettias and other winter beauties.

"Next we have a winter getaway display, which features tropical varieties like orchids and hibiscus," she said. "February marks the spring bulb display—we plant 4,000 to 5,000 bulbs in the fall and they over-winter in the cooler. We force them early for a spring display in Saskatchewan before spring actually begins."

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How do you plant 4,000 bulbs in 90 minutes?

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With many helping hands!

Each fall the Regina Garden Associates plant approximately 4,000 bulbs to grow the flowers that are featured in the Regina Floral Conservatory's Happy Springtime Floral Display. We rely on our volunteers to accomplish this feat over the course of a morning. This year, we were joined by eight volunteers from one of our sponsors, Conexus Credit Union.

In the space of 90 minutes, our team of volunteers hauled soil, planted bulbs in pots, carried trays of pots to our giant fridge in the basement, and had a lot of laughs as well.  The bulbs planted included a nice variety of tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, narcissus (AKA daffodils), and amaryllis.

You can get a sneak peak of some of the bulbs we planted, as our volunteers have incorporated Paper Whites (narcissus) into the current Christmas Wonderland display. Their fragrance is heavenly - you'll smell them as soon as you walk in the building.

The remainder of the bulbs are "sleeping" in the fridge over the next few months. Come February, we will start bringing them up in batches to our poly house (AKA The Bubble) and the heat will force the bulbs to grow.

You can come and view all the fruits of our labour from February 20 to April 10 during our Happy Springtime Floral Display.  After nearly five months of winter, it's a display you won't want to miss!

Thanks again to the fine folks at Conexus Credit Union for their assistance and to all who helped out.

View photos from the day on our Facebook page here.

If you are interested in trying your hand at forcing bulbs in the dead of winter next year, this article from Canadian Gardening has easy to follow instructions. Force Your Bulbs Indoors

Lastly, if you have an itchy green thumb or would like to develop your green thumb, why not join the Regina Garden Associates for hands on gardening volunteering? JOIN US

RGA Fall E-newsletter

All members of the Regina Garden Associates receive a quarterly e-newsletter to update them on all that's happening at the Regina Floral Conservatory, as well as updates from the Board of Directors.

The Fall e-newsletter is now out and features information about our 2013-14 Board of Directors, a number of capital improvements that have occurred over the last few months, and more. Read the RGA's 2013 FALL ENEWSLETTER.

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The Conservatory is open daily from 1 to 4:30 p.m. from September to June.

Regina Floral Conservatory
1450B Fourth Avenue
Regina SK
306.781.4769
info@reginafloralconservatory.ca

Mon Mar 06 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
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Mon Mar 06 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
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Mon Mar 06 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
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