If it grows, it’s likely Dr. Harold Weiss has tried it. Harold, a dentist by profession, gardens on a semi-pied corner lot in Regina. The property isn’t massive, but the volume of fruits and vegetables it produces is. And not all of them are the usual, everyday varieties. Harold likes to experiment. And if growing something special requires a specific microclimate or soil amendment, Harold will see to it that it is provided.
Take the space in the front yard, under a line of spruce trees. One doesn’t normally expect to find sandy soil beneath evergreens, but Harold knew something had to be done with the sheer clay that was leftover when the topsoil was stripped away during construction of the house. He trucked in enough sand to amend the soil to a depth of at least one inch (31 cm). The daylilies, ferns, bergenia, and Japanese spurge growing there are grateful for his forethought.
Japanese spurge, or Pachysandra terminalis, is one of the unusual plants Harold has tested and found to be adaptable to Regina’s challenging prairie climate. A member of the boxwood family, Japanese spurge is a vigorous spreader that keeps its green leaves all winter long. “The snow packs it down and you think it’s dead in the spring,” Harold remarks, “but then it absorbs the moisture and come on again.” Japanese spurge blooms with white starburst flowers.
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Great speakers on horticultural topics!
RHS offers monthly educational events (except in July and August when we’re all out gardening) on a variety of horticultural topics, timely and relevant to our gardening season! Free admission for members and bring a guest for a small admission fee. Door prizes at all events. With refreshments served following the event, it’s a great time for socializing with fellow gardening enthusiasts!
Annual Plant Sale
Over 1000 plants offered at the RHS Annual Fundraising Plant Sale
Our members contribute over 1000 plants to the RHS annual fundraising plant sale! It is a fabulous opportunity for members to tap into the unique and varied plants grown by fellow members. Ranging from perennials, annuals, heritage tomatoes, lilies, herbs, house plants and specialty plant material, our members make the RHS possible as this is a key fundraising activity for the society.
Annual Garden Festival
Strut Your Gardening Stuff
Every summer, the RHS offers its members the opportunity to showcase their gardening enterprises, be it flowers, vegetables, fruits, produce, preserves or…invasive weeds. That is not a typo, we want members to display their best and pests. The garden festival is an event where our members and the public can bring their plant questions, discuss gardening issues, learn new skills or simply admire the accomplishments of other gardeners.
Members Only Garden Tour!
Our members are great gardeners! Nothing beats having the opportunity to showcase your passion for gardening with other members who can truly appreciate your space, be in small or large and whatever flavour of gardening you do. And as a members only event (but bring a guest for a nominal admission fee) it is truly a special event to appreciate gardening enterprises of all kinds.
Contribute, Mentor, Gain New Skills, Make New Connections
Volunteering is very rewarding. And each of us has different skills that can be beneficial to a non-profit organization like the RHS. Volunteering is a great way to mentor and contribute skills and knowledge to others but also to learn new skills, foster new relationships and networking, The RHS offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from participating as a Board member, special projects, and presenting at educational events or workshops.
Learn and Apply New Skills
As an RHS member, you can learn new skills by participating in special projects and events that the RHS undertakes. It might be helping to plan, organizing, or even leading, gaining new experiences that can be useful in other parts of your personal or professional arenas.
Access to Special Retail
As RHS members, you have access to Gale’s Wholesale, a unique wholesaler in Regina that carries a huge inventory of speciality products for home and garden unavailable elsewhere at very reasonable prices. Located at 1602 Elliott Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Gale’s Wholesale is a family owned, Canadian business, serving over 20,000 customers throughout Canada, the United States and around the world.
Horticultural News Delivered Monthly to Your Email
Guest and member contributors to the monthly RHS newsletter deliver interesting, valuable, and topical horticultural news and events. Ranging from “how to’s”, upcoming horticultural education sessions, profiles and recipes, there is something for every one. E-mail notifications will provide you up to date notices as well as our monthly newsletter on timely information.
Become a Corporate Sponsor
Corporate Sponsorship has a number of benefits, including access to RHS subscribers, members and avid gardeners, your logo displayed at our annual public events, sponsor spotlights on our website, and more.