The Flowers of Royalty

Gardening General

2-hour online class. A great many cultivars of plants have been named for members of the royal family. ('Princess Irene' tulips and 'Queen Elizabeth' roses being two good examples). Have you ever thought about what kings and queens grow in their gardens? Montezuma, the ruler of ancient Mexico, grew dahlias along with hot peppers. The emperors of Japan kept extravagant varieties of lotus blossoms, irises, and peonies. In the Islamic world lavish cultivars of double-flowered jasmines were know to grow in the hidden courtyards of sultans and rulers. This fascinating class will explore some of the best stories and legends regarding royal flowers, as well as more modern designs being used for royalty today.

$20 plus GST for a 2 hour, live-streamed class. Registration is for a single student in one household. If multiple students will be viewing from the same location, each additional student is $10. Course fees are non-refundable. Class times are in Saskatchewan time - CST, no daylight savings.

Registration closes one hour before the class starts. Register here or email us at Office hours are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm and any emails after this time will be answered the next business day.

About your Instructor

Having recently turned 40, Lyndon Penner now feels that he is finally the age he has really been since he was 18. A garden designer, public speaker, environmentalist, author, and birdwatcher Lyndon has been working in the horticultural industry since he was a teenager. He has done botanical interpretive work in the Canadian Rockies, co-ordinated educational programming for the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge, and was also a long time columnist for CBC Radio. He makes his home in Manitoba now, where he is the head gardener for Riding Mountain National Park. 


This class is offered in an online, live-stream format that you can access from your computer, phone or tablet. Your distance class will include your instructor and their presentation live on-screen and the ability for you to ask questions through the course chat. You will not receive a recording nor handouts for this class, but we're confident you will get good educational value.

Event Details

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM CST
Online: Zoom platform


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