The Saskatoon Civic Conservatory will be closed beginning Sunday, October 1, 2017, as upgrade work begins on the Mendel Building to prepare for upcoming renovations. The Conservatory will reopen after the renovations to the building and Children's Discovery Museum are complete. Date is yet to be determined.
Horticultural staff have moved plants from the Conservatory to the City Greenhouses at Vic Rempel Yards on Avenue P to ensure they remain healthy and can grow and flourish in the newly renovated Conservatory space for many years to come.
The Saskatoon Civic Conservatory is located on the South Saskatchewan River adjacent to the former Mendel Art Gallery. The Conservatory provides a unique excursion for residents and tourists drawing over 80,000 visitors a year. Visitors enjoy the seasonal flower displays as well as an interesting collection of orchids, tropical and arid plants.
The Saskatoon Gallery and Civic Conservatory Corporation Policy on Weddings and Photo Shoots (No photography during renovations)
Filming or photography for commercial purposes is not permitted within the within the Civic Conservatory. It is permissible to film and photograph plants in the conservatory for individual use or research. Filming or photography by the media must be approved in advance by the Greenhouse Supervisor or a designate.
Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Photos, and other Group Photography
Wedding ceremonies are permitted on the grounds of the former Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory. Very small ceremonies may be permitted within the Conservatory, at the discretion of the Greenhouse Supervisor. Please contact the Supervisor (see below) well in advance for permission. The use of large props and equipment, and the stringing of electrical cords, is not allowed. Use of confetti or rice for wedding ceremonies or photography is not allowed anywhere within or outside the building.
The Greenhouse Supervisor may grant limited access for small, non-commercial photo shoots in the Conservatory. Please contact the Supervisor (see below) well in advance for permission. In these cases, it will be with the understanding that the space must remain open to the public, and that all participants will remain strictly on the tiled perimeter walkway or the balcony. Brief, informal photo shoots involving visitors to the Conservatory are permitted during the regular operating hours of the Civic Conservatory: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors who wish to take photographs in the Conservatory must not interfere with the plantings, the work of greenhouse personnel, or the enjoyment of the Conservatory by other visitors.