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