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

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BulbBee

BulbBee

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

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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.

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Scent-Free Environment

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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.

 

Afternoon Social Rentals

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Regina Garden Associates operates the Regina Floral Conservatory to provide a unique, tranquil, indoor tropical garden for the enjoyment and education of all ages and cultures in our community.

Our program of Afternoon Social Events is intended to give those who might not otherwise have many opportunities for social outings the opportunity to get together over a cup of tea/coffee in our relaxing, indoor tropical garden.

RGA  will provide a welcoming environment, coffee and tea, tables, chairs, and table linens. Groups may bring dainties or a small snack.

This Program is intended for groups such as Nursing Homes, Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living, Supportive Living Facilities and Supportive Retirement Programs. Seniors’clubs, church groups, service organizations, social clubs and similar groups are referred to our RENTAL INFORMATION.

Afternoon tea and coffee gatherings must be booked and paid for in advance. Afternoon Socials are offered Monday through Friday; each is 1.5 hours in length, from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. The maximum number of people that can attend is 25. 

Cost for the program

Up to 10 people: $25 

11-25 people: $50 

The above rates cover the cost of tea, coffee and related supplies. We also welcome donations to help maintain the floral displays put together by our volunteers. 

CANCELLATIONS

We require guests to provide us with at least 24 hours notice for cancellations.  Our volunteers work hard to ensure the space is set up and ready for events and the notice is appreciated.  In the event of a cancellation given with at least 24 hours notice, payment will be credited for a future booking. No credit will be given for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or for “no-shows.”

BOOKINGS & INQUIRIES

To make a booking or to inquire about this service, please contact our volunteer Reception Coordinator Bernice Wilson by phone 306-781-4769 or info@reginafloralconservatory.ca.

You can also fill out and submit the form below, and Bernice will be in touch with you to confirm your booking. 

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Form Confirmation

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Thank you for your interest in the Regina Floral Conservatory! We will review the information in your request and a volunteer with the Regina Garden Associates will be in touch with you to confirm details and availability. We look forward to welcoming you to Regina’s premiere indoor garden space.