Regina Floral Conservatory
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 2:34pm
The winter months can feel long and seem never-ending here in Saskatchewan. When we are blanketed in snow, wearing layer after layer to protect us from the cold, there is a place that is untouched by winter. It is hard to believe it can exist unless you see it with your own eyes. It’s a place that is truly an oasis of life, growing and thriving with a beautiful kaleidoscope of greens and colours that you would only dream of existing in summertime.
That place is the Royal Floral Conservatory (RFC). A little haven if you like, where summer’s warmth seems to last all year long and what grows and flourishes is something to be experienced. With the official opening of the RFC on Monday, September 8th, now is the perfect time to have this month’s KB guest, Jess Paul, tell us about everything the RFC has to offer for the upcoming season. Visit this family-friendly retreat in our city as often as you can to get a break from the cold weather.
KB: How long has the Regina Floral Conservatory been around?
KB: What is your main goal/mission?
KB: Who is responsible for all the beautiful displays, and how do you plant and care for them throughout the year?
KB: What is your season? When are you open?
KB: Is there a cost for admission?
KB: What type of programs do you offer families/children? Do you offer school programs? Day care programs? Is there a cost for this?
Each session runs for 1.5 hours and can be delivered in the morning or afternoon. The program consists of exploring and identifying the plants and trees, and a hands-on classroom experience taking and planting cuttings with a volunteer member of the Regina Garden Associates leading the class. Each child returns to school with their planted cutting and the teacher will also receive cuttings for the classroom to encourage our new young gardeners. Teachers are very welcome to extend their own educational activities at the Conservatory after the tour.
Teachers, caregivers or group leaders interested in booking a tour can submit a request through the School Program on our website. The cost per child averages approximately $5 to cover the cost of plant materials.
LIL GARDNERS CLUB
Lil' Gardeners Club is open to children from birth to age five and their parents and grandparents. The program provides a great opportunity for these preschoolers to experience the Conservatory and all it has to offer and for parents to get out of the house and meet other families.
We set up different stations for the kids (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. Families are welcome to bring their own snacks.
Each semester has four Lil’ Gardeners Clubs. We have two sessions held once a month on a Tuesday (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OR 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.). Our fall semester is already sold out. We will be accepting registrations for the winter semester in January. The cost is $30/family (max. five people). Our registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.
Every year we host two Family Days geared at providing an educational experience and an afternoon of activities for the whole family in the Floral Display of the Conservatory.
For the 2014-15 season, our Family Days are as follows:
Tropical Family Day: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Earth Day Family Day: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: Four for $10.00 or one for $3.00
Tickets will be available for purchase online one month in advance of each event.
KB: What is the best way to introduce kids to gardening and caring for plants and flowers?
KB: How can parents involve or get their kids interested in gardening?
KB: Are there any tips for winterizing your garden so that it can be in better shape next spring?
KB: What is your favourite thing about the RFC that visitors often overlook or maybe don't know about?
For more information on the Royal Floral Conservatory, visit them online at www.reginafloralconservatory.ca.
Photos courtesy of The Royal Floral Conservatory
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