“New” Plant Kit K – 1

By Colleen Sampson,

This is an unusual year but teaching and learning still go on! The Regina Garden Associates are excited to offer Kindergarten and Grade One teachers a Plant Unit Support Kit.

This kit contains everything that is needed for students to plant their own plant: teacher instructions, 4 inch pots, soil, plants, support video showing students the parts of a plant and how to plant it. As well, several interesting plants in the conservatory are highlighted. The planting should take place within a week of delivery for best results.

The kit can be ordered by completing and submitting the form below. It will be delivered to your school on the date you select. Your order will be confirmed via email. We will be in touch with you to finalize the details and payment arangement.

Out of town orders may be placed but the kits must be picked up at the conservatory on a Saturday.

The cost is $5 per student plus a $10 delivery charge. Orders must be prepaid (using e-transfer) and are refundable. Pre-book your kit now to ensure availability. There is a minimum order of 15 plants.

Plant Unit Support Kit Order Form

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New Floral Conservatory Conceptual Design

By Colleen Sampson,

Members of the Regina Garden Associates (RGA), The non-profit volunteer organization that operates the Regina Floral Conservatory have been seeking a larger and more modern conservatory for Regina, and indeed the province of Saskatchewan, for a number of years. It’s a dream shared by Wascana Centre – a place for a new floral conservatory in the park has been a part of the Wascana Centre Master Plan for the last two decades. Now, with the completion of a schematic design plan and conceptual drawings of a new floral conservatory in Regina this dream is one step closer.

How do you plant 6,000 bulbs in 90 minutes?

By Colleen Sampson,
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With many helping hands!

Each fall the Regina Garden Associates plant approximately 6,000 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.

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 will incorporate Paper Whites (narcissus) into the up-coming 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!

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

Hours, Admission & Getting Here

By Colleen Sampson,

As a precaution, we are temporarily closed due to Coronavirus concerns.

Operating Hours
The Regina Floral Conservatory is open for the season from September to June. The indoor garden is open to the public daily from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  We have extended our hours on Thursday – 1 pm – 8 pm. and Friday – 11:30 am- 4:30 pm.

Regular Closures
We are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission

General Admission
Admission to explore the indoor garden is free, except on special event days as described below.

Special Event Days
The Conservatory hosts events throughout the season when the display will not be accessible to the public and tickets must be purchased in advance. These events include Garden teas, Lil’ Gardeners’ Club and Family days. Please see our events calendar for upcoming events.

Support Us
We encourage visitors to donate to the Regina Garden Associates in lieu of a paid, general admission. Donations go towards maintaining the Regina Floral Conservatory and its educational programming.

Available Refreshments
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea for $2 each. For our seniors, we offer Afternoon Tea and Coffee gatherings. Learn more about booking a gathering.

Rent Us
The conservatory is available to rent for private events. The facility is not available for rent during our annual seasonal closure as described in our Operating Hours. Learn more on our Rentals page.

Photography
We welcome visitors to take photos while at the Conservatory. If you are planning a personal photograph session with an amateur or professional photographer, please see our photography guidelines.

Getting Here
The Regina Floral Conservatory is located at 1450B Fourth Avenue, on the north side of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and St. John Street, right next to the Parks & Open Spaces Building.
Click here to view a map.

 

Scent-Free Environment

By Colleen Sampson,

Help us keep the air we share healthy.


The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma, allergies and other medical conditions.

Please do not wear perfume, cologne, aftershave  and other fragrances.

 

New Gardening Fact Sheets on Perennials

By Colleen Sampson,
FACT SHEETS

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

By Colleen Sampson,
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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.”

READ FULL ARTICLE

Map

By Colleen Sampson,

The Regina Floral Conservatory is located at 1450B Fourth Avenue, on the north side of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and St. John Street, right next to the Parks & Open Spaces Building.

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