Spring into Growing 2019 Workshop

Spring into Growing 2019 Workshop

The Regina Horticultural Society, with the Saskatchewan Horticultural Association, are hosting the Spring into Growing 2019 Workshop.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 4:15 pm
Location: Luther College, University of Regina Campus, 3737 Wascana Pkwy

Come join us on Saturday, April 6, at Luther College, as we welcome some terrific speakers! Sara Williams, Jackie Bantle, and Bob Bors will be our presenters and facilitating our hands-on workshops. Great topics, lots of interaction with fellow gardeners, and an opportunity to get warmed up for the gardening season ahead!

** The Spring into Growing 2019 Workshop is now SOLD OUT. Thank you for everyone who registered. We are excited to see you at the event! 


Dr. Bob Bors

Dr. Bob Bors has been a professor in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Saskatchewan since 1999. He teaches classes about fruit science, plant propagation, greenhouse management, biotechnology and horticulture. He runs the fruit breeding program for hardy fruits and is well known for his work on haskaps, sour cherries and apples. He also breeds coleus. In 2018, he co-authored a book with Sara Williams entitled “Growing Fruit for Northern Gardens”. He recently received the Stevenson Award for his breeding and research on sour cherries and haskap.

Jackie Bantle

Jackie Bantle (BEd, BSA Horticulture) has been working in horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan for the last 26 years. With 15 years of vegetable research experience and 10 years managing the agriculture greenhouse, Jackie loves to share her broad horticulture knowledge and experiences with anyone who will listen. She gains so much from listening to her students and other horticulturists.

Sara Williams

Previously the horticultural specialist at the University of Saskatchewan, Sara Williams is now the author of several gardening books, including Creating the Prairie XeriscapeSara holds a B.A in English and History, as well as a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan in Horticulture. She was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2013 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. She helped initiate the University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener Program and coordinated the program for many years . She gardens on five acres of sand near Saskatoon.

Morning Lectures

9:00 a.m. Lecture #1 – Gardening in the Shade with Jackie Bantle
Shade is variable and changes over the years as the trees within our landscapes mature. Beside the shade, plants sometimes have to deal with root competition. This workshop will cover the many plants (well over a hundred!) that are adapted to shade: perennials, shrubs and bulbs; and ways to lighten shade.

10:00 a.m. Lecture #2 – Berries for the Prairies with Bob Bors
A discussion of the various berries that we can grow here on the Prairies. Whether it’s strawberries, raspberries, haskap, Saskatoon berries or Sea Buckthorn, this session will provide background on growing and maintenance, best varieties, extending the harvest during the summer, mulching, over-wintering. There will be time for Q & A and discussions.

11:00 a.m. Lecture #3 – Perennials: Beyond the Basics with Sara Williams
The range of hardy perennials for prairie gardeners increases every year. Dare to go beyond the basics. Extend the season of your borders through the use of early, late, unusual, underused and “iffy” perennials along with ornamental grasses. From the first blue, pink or white hepatics in early spring through the clumps of ornamental grasses that compose your winter border, it’s all here.

Afternoon Workshops

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Choose ONE)

Workshop #1 – Vertical Gardening with Jackie Bantle
Maximize your garden space by growing up. Topics that will be covered in this workshop include various types of trellises, climbing plants, espaliered fruit growing, and living walls.

Workshop #2 – Water Gardening with Bob Bors
A hands-on and lecture session on how to build and maintain a pond, what types of plants to put in your pond and how to care for those plants as well as hints on how to care for fish in the pond. Focus will be on the more popular and easy to care water plants. Basic information about filters and aeration will also be included. We will be bringing some water plants to aid in describing them.

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm (Choose ONE)

Workshop #3 – Successful Container Gardening with Jackie Bantle
How do you keep your containers looking beautiful throughout the season? Tips on getting your containers to survive the summer heat, stay fresh and look good right through to fall.

Workshop #4 – House Plants 101 with Bob Bors
A look at some of our favourite houseplants, how to take care of them and propagate them. Participants are encouraged to bring their own houseplants to either share, discuss or diagnose their ailments. If you think your houseplant is infested with some creature, please bring in a secure, clear plastic bag or take a photo (jpeg preferred) and we will try to troubleshoot problems. We will have cuttings and bulblets to take home.


Step 1 – Determine your Fees

FULL DAY: RHS Members $75 / Non-Members $85 (Includes lunch and two coffee breaks)

MORNING Lectures ONLY: RHS Members $45 / Non-Members $50 (Includes one coffee break)

AFTERNOON Workshops ONLY: RHS Members $45 / Non-Members $50 (Includes one coffee break)

* If you are registering as an RHS member, please ensure you have renewed your membership for 2019


Step 2 – Fill out the online registration form

Fill out our Event Registration Google Form and then return to our website to complete payment information.


Step 3 – Send Payment to the RHS (three options)

1) MAIL: Cheques payable to “Regina Horticultural Society”. Mail registrant’s name and cheque to: RHS Spring Workshop, 2806 Abbott Road, Regina, SK S4T 2J8

2) E-TRANSFER: Please send an e-transfer through your preferred banking institution to reginahortsociety@gmail.com, then send the registrant’s name and security answer in a separate email. 

3) PAYPAL: Choose one of the options below to pay via PayPal.

RHS Members (PayPal option)

If you are registering as an RHS member, please ensure you have renewed your membership for 2019.

Members Half Day
$45.00 Add to cart
Members Full Day
$75.00 Add to cart

Non-Members (PayPal option)

RHS Members receive a workshop discount and free attendance to our monthly events. Renew or become a member today.

Non-Members Full Day
$85.00 Add to cart
Non-Members Half Day
$50.00 Add to cart
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