We've got a lot going on all the time....and sometimes, it all can be pretty confusing. To help out, here's some answers to questions that we are frequently asked:
1. What is the difference between Solar Gardens and Solar Gardens at Avalon?
Solar Gardens is our acreage and the original location where we have our succulent greenhouses, a party event venue and a restaurant the can be booked by groups for special dinners and MYOPs (make-your-own-pizza parties). Also, at the acreage we offer succulent classes of all types (both private and public - see #2 below for the difference), mostly year-round. Other than that, our acreage is closed to the general public. We are only open to the public on a few special days in the spring and summer (that we announce on Facebook and in our newsletters) or by pre-arranged bookings for classes and parties. The greenhouses are stuffed full of beautiful succulents year-round that supply our city shop, as well as shops and greenhouses across Canada.
Solar Gardens at Avalon is our sweet little shop in the city in the Avalon Shopping Centre. Our shop is full of succulents, as well as unusual and tasty things. By tasty things we mean a huge selection of balsamics and extra virgin olive oils, convenient (and unusual) spice blends, sangria mixes, our thin crust pizza shells made in the Solar Gardens restaurant, Saturday morning fresh-baked artisan breads and some gourmet foods too. We also offer succulent classes here (both private and public). We carry a wide variety of unusual candies and interesting gift items. We always have a selection of succulent arrangements that are a perfect and longer-lasting alternative to cut flowers. Our Avalon location does not have a restaurant, so if you want to plan a class and have the MYOP, then we'll have to schedule your class at the acreage.
2. What is the difference between a public and a private class?
Almost all of our classes are offered as either public or private classes.
Public classes can be booked by either a single person or a group of people. The dates for these classes are preset and listed on our websites. Send us an email or use the Contact us form. Please note--register for public classes at our acreage if you wish to have a MYOP with your class, or register for a public class at Avalon if you do not wish to have MYOP with your class. (No pizza oven is available at Avalon.)
A private class is a possibility if you have 5 or more people who want to take the class at a time other than a public class. Private classes are available at Avalon for groups of 14 or less, and are also available at the acreage if MYOP is desired with the class. Private classes for groups of 15 or more must be held at the acreage. Again, arrangements can be made by emailing us using the CONTACT US form.
3. Somebody gave me a succulent bowl. How do I care for it?
We have great "succulent care instructions" on our website that will help you care for your succulents year-round. Click here to see them.
4. What kind of events do you hold at your acreage?
We can hold all types of private group events for you at our acreage including weddings, showers, stags and stagettes, anniversaries, reunions, retreats, corporate meetings, birthday parties, team building events and club gatherings to name a few. To arrange a private event, just email us using the CONTACT US form.
5. What is the maximum number of guests that you can accommodate for weddings held at Solar Gardens?
During the winter we are restricted to using the main dining room. In that room, we can accommodate a maximum of 40 sit-down guests.
During the spring, summer and early fall we have more in-door and covered seating areas possible, and so we can accommodate a maximum of 80 sit-down guests.
6. I would like to visit your acreage. Is that possible?
Our acreage is no longer open to the general public as we are focusing our energy and efforts on our city shop, Solar Gardens at Avalon. We are also busy growing and providing succulents to our wholesale clients across Canada.
Clients are still able to visit Solar Gardens when taking a private or public class at our acreage. You will also be able to visit us if you have booked or are a guest at a private dinner, event, or party at Solar Gardens.
Periodically during the Spring and Summer, we will open our greenhouses and acreage to the the general public for retail shopping, MYOPs and sangrias. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletters to learn about these special days.
We do offer a greenhouse and acreage tour for groups of 10 or more. (Tours can be arranged for groups of less than 10 if MYOP is added to the tour.)
Wholesale clients can visit our acreage by appointment. Please email us to arrange a time.
Our acreage gate is always locked except for special days, booked classes, parties, tours and prearranged appointments.
7. Can I book a private MYOP party without taking a class?
Yes...this is totally possible if the pizza oven is already fired-up on that particular day (ie. if other groups or classes have booked a MYOP that day.) And if your group is large enough, we might be able to accommodate you even if there is nothing else booked that day. We can discuss the possibility by email.
8. I'd like to carry your plants in my shop. How to I set up a wholesale account?
Just email us to set up an account. We will need your GST and PST numbers as we only wholesale to registered companies.
9. I loved seeing your dogs when I visited your acreage. Do your dogs ever visit Solar Gardens at Avalon?
Yes! Dexter is often there on Mondays, but is also at Avalon periodically during the week when we are making deliveries. Thanks for asking!