Guest Blog by Government House
In 2008, the committee tasked with the restoration of Government House’s Edwardian Gardens faced a problem of historical proportions. Edwardian gardens were popularized during the reign of King Edward VII (1901-1910). These lush, artistic arrangements were traditionally built to reflect the eccentric tastes of their stately owners, not as spaces of community.
Today, Regina’s Edwardian gardens are one of only two such landscapes in Canada. The gardens, are an oasis constructed to blend past, historical designs and contemporary aims, but also to incorporate accessibility and public usability. These unique gardens are part of Regina’s living history.
Echoing their classical Edwardian counterparts, the gardens feature a series of interwoven, “outdoor rooms.” Each has a different purpose. To name a few: there is a rose garden for relaxation, a caragana maze for contemplation, and an herb garden for nutrition. Also featured is a Second World War memorial garden, featuring 5,706 tulips, for commemoration.
The Edwardians had a taste for open space. Following in their footsteps, the North Lawn has hosted tennis courts, garden parties and all things in-between over the years. On this green space, the Government House staff (often costumed in period attire) show traditional lawn sports like croquet and bocce. Garden guests, often enjoy the lawn for dog walking, sunbathing, or more modern games like Frisbee and football.
Warmly welcoming all who enter its gates, the Government House Edwardian Gardens were not only constructed to be fit for a Queen, but for the people of the Queen City.