NATIVE PLANT GARDEN

Work in the Native Plant Garden at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is being done according to City of Regina and Saskatchewan Public Health Authority guidelines for community gardens to keep everyone safe and allow us to continue to work in the garden this year. Normally, we love to show off the beauty of the garden and welcome visitors, but for this year please do not enter our garden while we are working unless you are a Nature Regina garden volunteer. People may contact us about volunteering by emailing us at natureregina@gmail.com or find more information here.

We will begin working at our garden at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum the first week of May.

There will be a maximum of 10 people working per day. People are available to sign up for different days starting May 4:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

If you haven't already done so, please let Gail know (via natureregina@gmail.com) which day you plan to be at the garden. We will start earlier when the weather is hot. You may also choose to work on Saturday or Sunday if that works better for you.

An alternate garden volunteer opportunity for up to 6 people is at an acreage about 20 minutes east of Regina on Hwy 1. The owner has very kindly offered to let us use her garden space. We will be planting a seed collection and seedling garden to increase the diversity of plants at the museum and the variety of seeds we can give away. The plan at the moment, is to work at the acreage on Saturdays 10:00 to 11:30 or 12:00.

 

A second opportunity at an acreage in White City would be occasional when the owners need help transplanting or creating beds. They are also growing plants for seed collection and transplanting.  The day would depend on the owners' schedules. If you would like to be called when the owners need help, please let Gail know (via natureregina@gmail.com).

If you have space in your garden and don't feel comfortable gardening with a group at the museum, perhaps you would like to grow a patch of well-behaved plants for seed collection and transplanting right in your own yard. Please contact Gail for seeds (via natureregina@gmail.com).

Since 1994 Nature Regina and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum have nurtured the native plant garden, a colourful oasis of natural beauty, at the south-east entrance of the museum at the corner of College Avenue and Albert Street. Young and old alike are mesmerized by the many prairie wild flowers growing and blooming in profusion throughout the growing season. Old-timers reminisce about the Prairie Crocus and Western Red Lilies they used to pick on the way to school back in pioneer days while today’s children revel in pointing out the colourful blazing stars, sunflowers and some 50 native wildflowers scattered throughout the garden.

The garden’s character changes from week to week as each plant has its own show time. But there are always plenty of bees, butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting bugs to discover for families and school kids. Song birds such as wrens and catbirds take advantage of the habitat provided by the garden and commonly nest, sing and forage for food there. The Native Plant Garden is Nature Regina’s way of showing people the beauty and importance of nature right in the centre of the city.