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Discover the Conservatory with Lil' Gardeners Club

KidsCanGrow11Once a month the Regina Floral Conservatory opens its doors to parents, grandparents and children five and under for a morning and afternoon of discovery. Fondly known as Lil' Gardeners Club, the outing provides an opportunity for young children to explore the conservatory and for parents to meet others and enjoy the beautiful setting of the floral display.

We set up different stations for the children (bubbles, sandbox, water table, story time, and more) and have plenty of toys from wheelbarrows to watering cans, and lawnmowers to little shovels. Children also get to plant and take home a plant. If you look carefully, you might even see an animal or two peeking out from the greenery as well!

Lil' Gardeners Club meets once a month on Tuesdays and is offered in two semesters, fall (September to December) and winter (January to April). There is a morning and afternoon session each month for an hour and a half. Parents are strongly encouraged to pre-register their families for a semester of four sessions. There are limited drop-in spaces each month.

Dates for the Fall 2013 Semester are: September 17, October 29, November 26 and December 17 with sessions at 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Registration costs are $25/semester per family, or $8 per family for drop-in. In person registration for the 2013 Fall Semester takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday September 12 and Saturday September 14 at the Floral Conservatory, 1450B Fourth Avenue. Please note, we accept cash or cheque only.

2013-14 Season opens today

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The Regina Floral Conservatory opens its doors to the public today for its 2013-14 season.  Open daily to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the Conservatory is a tropical oasis located in the Queen City’s Warehouse District.

The feature display, Fall Flowers, makes a nod to September and back to school and is filled with chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, begonias, sunflowers, ornamental cabbage and peppers, cyclamen and more.  Fall Flowers is the first of six floral displays that will be featured between now and June of 2014. Sponsored by Conexus Credit Union with support from its Community Investment Program, each floral display is set in our permanent collection of trees (from figs and bananas to Norfolk pines) and plants (birds of paradise, succulents, cacti, and more). 

Pack a lunch, bring a book, write some letters, sketch or paint some flowers, snap a few photos, or simply relax and breathe in the moist and fragrant air in the floral display. The weather is always guaranteed!

Home to regularly scheduled garden teas, Family Days and our Lil’ Gardeners Club, the Conservatory offers something for all ages. We extend a big thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their continued support of our children's programming, affectionately known as Kids Can Grow!

A beautiful setting for a variety of events, we are also pleased to rent our facility for small weddings, bridal and baby showers, retirement parties, and other social gatherings.  Each year we also welcome more than 100 groups for school tours for children from Kindergarten to Grade Eight.

The conservatory is operated by volunteers of the Regina Garden Associates, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the City of Regina.  We are passionate about gardening and are proud to provide a unique, tranquil indoor tropical garden for the enjoyment and education of all ages and cultures in our community.

Enthusiasm blossoms at floral conservatory

Jess Paul of Regina began volunteering with the Regina Garden Associates after she became a mother. Over the years, her enthusiasm grew and she became head of the organization, which is made up of volunteers who operate and maintain the Regina Floral Conservatory. The facility provides a place for plants and flowers to thrive in an environment used by the public for gardening-related workshops, private events, and for people who want to stop and smell the roses.

(This article was originally published in the April 3, 2013 edition of QC.)

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(Photo by Bryan Schlosser, Regina Leader-Post)

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Rental Information

Regina Floral Conservatory Rental FAQs

Everything you need to know about Rentals

The Floral Conservatory is a wonderful place for many events – BUT there are very real limitations to our space and restrictions on what can and cannot be done in our facility.  Before you book, it’s important that you look over the following and also take a walk through the space to ensure it will meet your needs.

WHEN CAN I RENT?

   -        We take bookings seven days a week from 1:00 to 4:30, September to June.

   -        You may book from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. IF we have volunteer staff available.

   -        The Conservatory closes for the summer at the end of the second Sunday in June and opens the Tuesday following Labour Day.

   -        We do not take bookings on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, or Easter Sunday

WHAT DOES IT COST?

-       The rental rate is $120/hour.

-       There is a1 hour minimum rental period

 

WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?

-       Cash or cheque

-       We do not take deposits

-       We require payment in full at the time of booking to secure your booking.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I INVITE?

-       We can accommodate up to 40 people during open hours (1:00 – 4:30) 

-       If your event begins at 4:30 or later you can have a maximum of 60 people

-       With exception of Service Animals, pets are not allowed during open hours

WILL I HAVE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE CONSERVATORY?

-       NO - not during our open hours of 1:00 to 4:30. The Conservatory remains open to the public during rentals. 

-       We do advise drop-in visitors when there is a rented event in progress and ask that they be respectful.

HOW LONG SHOULD I BOOK?

-       You know best how long your event will run.  A small wedding with a Marriage Commissioner plus a few photos can be done easily in an hour.

-       But remember to allow time for anything you need to do before your guests arrive – setting up tables and chairs and placing centerpieces, table linens etc. can take up to an hour, depending on how many you need and how many helpers you have – and for putting things away afterwards.

-       And remember to include time in your rental for your guests to arrive and leave comfortably. You must keep to your rental time – we do allow “breathing room” between our bookings, but there will often be another event booked before or after yours.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH MY RENTAL?

-       We provide the amazing atmosphere of a tropical garden!

-       We provide tables and chairs if you need them.

-       Everything else … all food, drink, table linens, dishes, cutlery etc. - is your responsibility.

WHO SETS UP/PUTS AWAY THE TABLES AND CHAIRS?

-       You are responsible for setting up and taking down any chairs or tables you require.

-       You must include the time you require in your total rental time.

-       For anything more complicated than a few chairs, we strongly encourage you to visit the Conservatory in advance of your event and map out your table/chair placement.  DON’T leave it until the “day of”!!

-      We make available at no charge a small table and couple of chairs suitable for the wedding register

HOW ABOUT FOOD & DRINK?

-       We cannot accommodate buffets or sit-down meals.  Finger foods, appetizers, cakes, dainties are fine.

-       You or your caterer are responsible for bringing in and taking away all food and beverages.

-     If you are serving alcohol, you must obtain a Special Occasion Permit and take it to the Conservatory in advance of the function. The permit must be posted in the facility for the duration of the event. (Permits are available from SLGA stores and franchises or online at www.saskliquor.com.)

-       You will also need Party Alcohol Liability Insurance of $5 million.  The Conservatory is the property of the City of Regina and the City requires this insurance for any event serving alcohol.  It is available from many Saskatchewan insurance brokers.  Proof of insurance is required in advance of the event.

 

WHAT ABOUT REHEARSALS?

-       You are free to do an informal walk through of the venue at no charge during our open hours.

-        If you need to bring the officiant and full wedding party in for a formal rehearsal, you will need to pre-book a time at the regular rental rate.

 

CAN I PLAY MUSIC?

-       Yes – you can play music from your mobile device through our sound system

-       We have speakers throughout the display area

-       You must arrange for one of your guests to play your music selections.

-       We do not provide a microphone.

 

WHAT KIND OF “DECORATING” CAN I DO?

Our floral displays change throughout the year.  Each one is artfully created by our volunteers to complement the season and provide an aesthetically pleasing ambiance for our visitors.

-       You CANNOT:

o   stand or sit on the brick retaining walls

o   move or remove any plant material or display props.

o   add any plant or other material to the display

o   hang lights of any sort in the display area.

o   scatter confetti or rice

-       You CAN:

o   place centerpieces or other decorations on your tables

o   use votive and Unity candles only

o   scatter flower petals IF you use limited quantities and clean it all up at the end of your event.

AND IF I HAVE TO CANCEL ….?

-       With at least TWO months’ notice, 75% of payment will be refunded.

-       With less than two months’ notice, there will be no refund..

 

HOW DO I ARRANGE MY RENTAL?

     -       Just fill out the Request to Rent form below.

      -    You will receive an email confirming that we have received your application.  If you do not get the confirmation email that means the request has not been completed. Please be sure to enter the correct encryption and press submit.   

-       When we get the Request, we’ll check the date for availability

-       If the date works, we’ll send you a Rental Agreement and ask you to return it with your payment

-       Your booking will be considered final only when we have your completed and signed Rental Agreement AND your full payment.

Rental Form
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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

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