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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.

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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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 Jun 12 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed for the Summer
Mon Jun 12 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed for the Summer
Mon Jun 12 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed for the Summer


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