It’s Mother’s Prerogative on Mother’s Day

May 6, 2021

There are two days of the year when I get to be all-powerful – My birthday and Mother’s Day.  As the first of my days approaches, I dream big about all the things I could use my powers for, but I inevitably always settle on plant shopping.  Over the years it’s gradually become a tradition to pack up the family and head out after brunch to the local greenhouses in search of the annuals that will fill the yard with colour for the season.

Purple and pink petunias up close

Like any good gardener, I always have a list of what I need to fill the standing pots around the yard, but then each child also gets to pick out a bedding plant as their gift for me.  This is really a treat for them as the flowers become theirs to nurture, and they compete throughout the summer to see whose pick grows taller, more beautifully, and was generally all around just a better gift for mom.     

We try to choose a different local greenhouse every year and some years visit more than one.

A few of our Regina favourites that are open this time of year include:

Dutch Growers

12440 South Service Rd., just west of Regina on the Highway 1 service road

  • Note the new location! This one is a treat because it’s easy to get lost in all the cute garden decorations on display in addition to their plant offerings.  It’s kind of like a 2-for-1 shopping trip.

Unique Garden Centre

132 Broad Street North, Regina

  • This is our go-to shop for trees and shrubs because they provide a 2-year guarantee if you keep your receipt. My less than green thumb likes the sound of this.

Cedar Creek Gardens

Highway 6, just south of Regina near the old drive-in location 

Cedar Creek Gardens SK
  • This business has expanded in recent years to include a corn maze in the fall, and they’ve brought mini-golf back to the Queen City!  This is where we are headed on Sunday.  We’ve pre-booked a round for the family to add to our excursion, so bragging rights for more than just the plants will be up for grabs this year.

No matter how many greenhouses they have to choose from, my kids all always pick petunias.  There’s just something about the colours that gets them every time.  Maybe this year I’ll use my powers to get something more exotic.  But probably not.  We are a family that likes our traditions, and why mess with that?

Have a Mother’s Day tradition or making a new one this year?  Let us know @directwest, it might inspire us to change it up!

-Nova Alberts is a Marketing Manager on the Brand and Digital Platform Team

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