Lily Stone Gardens Flower U-Pick

 

The days are getting longer, the air is warm and humid, and the Lily Stone Gardens U-Pick is opening in just a few short weeks! You can't see it, but we are happy dancing over here. As flower farmers, we love opening up our farm and showing fellow flower lovers just how many beautiful varieties can be grown right here in Manitoba. Seriously - we could talk about flowers all day long if you let us, so we love gushing over all the garden-grown goodness with all of you!

Our opening day for the 2024 season is Tuesday, July 9th and the fun will continue on through the summer months into early September (or as long as the weather allows). It's a fleeting, short garden season but it's a beautiful one that you won't want to miss!

ESSENTIAL DETAILS:

  • Starting Tuesday, July 9, 2024 (full hours below)
  • Cost: $35 per person + tax
  • Children 12 and under can pick a smaller jug for $15 when accompanied by an adult
  • U-Pick runs rain or shine; dress accordingly!
  • We're shaking it up this year & are experimenting with no pre-booking necessary for U-Pick! Just show up during operating hours, and as long as we have space for you, we'll send you straight down into the garden! (more information on this below)
  • Our on-site Courtyard Cafe is back again this year with snacks, lunch options, and treats to keep you fueled (full Courtyard Cafe info below)

Below you will find a more detailed explanation of our 2024 U-Pick process, Courtyard Cafe info, and some Frequently Asked Questions. We hope to see you and a gaggle of pals this summer!

LILY STONE GARDENS FLOWER U-PICK OPERATING HOURS

Our flower U-Pick opens on Tuesday, July 9. Once open, the U-Pick will operate according to the hours listed below:

Monday:  Closed

Tuesday:  9 AM to 7 PM

Wednesday:  9 AM to 7 PM

Thursday:  9 AM to 7 PM

Friday: 9 AM to 11 AM

Saturday:  9 AM to 11 AM

Sunday:  Closed

Please note that the U-Pick is closed on Mondays and Sundays. Please note our reduced hours on Fridays and Saturdays as we host weddings and other events every weekend on-site during the summer.

Please be advised that if you arrive outside of U-Pick hours, we will be unable to accommodate your group; no exceptions. Thank you in advance for respecting these operational constraints.

LILY STONE GARDENS FLOWER U-PICK LOCATION

We are located approximately 45 minutes southwest of Winnipeg, just outside of Rosenort, MB. 

Lily Stone Gardens is located approximately 45 minutes south of Winnipeg's south perimeter highway, just outside of Rosenort, MB. We are located on the 422 Highway; our driveway number is #28084 and you will see a brown Lily Stone sign out by the road. Follow the driveway up the the top of the hill to our retail Shop & greenhouse.

We are approximately a 5 minute drive away from the Lily Stone Cafe; the flower U-Pick is on a separate property outside of the sweet town of Rosenort. If you need a visual of our two locations in relation to one another, click HERE for a map.

NOTE: Sometimes when making the trip out to Rosenort, Google Maps may suggest alternate routes down gravel or dirt roads. Rarely are these alternate routes any faster or more efficient. In most cases, you can get here while remaining on paved highways, especially when travelling from Winnipeg. We strongly encourage you to remain on paved roads, unless you are familiar with the area or are looking for a scenic tour of the Red River Valley.

LILY STONE GARDENS COURTYARD CAFE INFORMATION

Our on-site Courtyard Cafe is back in action for the 2024 summer season inside the Lily Stone event venue. Pop inside after your U-Pick to enjoy some lemonade, a Blueberry Bliss salad, and maybe even some of our signature ice cream combinations!

COURTYARD CAFE HOURS:

Monday:  Closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Open 9 AM to 8 PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  Closed

PLAN A FULL LILY STONE DAY!

We know many of you make the trip out to Rosenort a full occasion with friends and family and we absolutely LOVE that!

Load up the car with your gals or your littles and come on down to Lily Stone Gardens where you'll find our retail and florist Shop, our flower farm, and our event venue! Zip into the venue and grab yourself some lemonade to-go from our on-site Courtyard Cafe to put some pep in your step for when you hit the garden. Spend some time strolling our rows of flowers, pick the perfect blooms, and fill your pitcher with a bouquet of your very own!

While our Shop team wraps your flowers, you can browse our Shop, including our cut flower seed line if you'd like to start your own cut flower garden at home!

Now - the real smooth move is to head down to the Lily Stone Cafe back in town to end your day with some lunch (ps: be sure to try out the new Cinnamon Bun Iced Latte if you're into that kind of thing)! Or if you feel like booking ahead, maybe you could kick back and enjoy High Tea - finger sandwiches, quiche, and dainty desserts, served with your choice of local Cornelia Bean loose leaf tea.

Or, come out for an evening U-Pick and then quench your thirst with our weekly featured cocktail! Sounds like a wonderful Girls Night Out to us!

Whatever your day has in store, we are so excited to see many returning faces making the trip back out to Rosenort. See you all soon!!

ALL ABOUT THE LILY STONE FLOWER U-PICK

Join our team in our cut flower gardens and stroll amongst rows of flowers, cut your own bouquet to take home with you, and enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer us.

Once you arrive here at Lily Stone, head into our flower shop to check in with our U-Pick team. As long space permits (up to 30 people at a time), we'll supply you with a pitcher with water and some garden snips. You'll have up to 60 minutes in the garden to cut your own bouquet.

Once all your flowers have been picked, our staff will show you how to strip the excess foliage off of your steps, just like we do when we process of flowers for our florist shop. Removing this extra foliage helps to minimize bacteria growth in the water. See - you'll even learn some insider florist tips!

Now that your stems are clean, head back up to the Shop where our team will wrap your bouquet with some water around the stems to ensure that the flowers aren't too parched on the drive home with you!

Payment of $35 per person is due after your U-Pick. We accept cash, credit, debit, or by using one of our special pre-paid U-Pick vouchers!

Children under 12 years old who are attending U-Pick but are not cutting flowers can attend at no cost when accompanied by a participating adult. If they choose to pick along side you, we have a kids sized pitcher for use for $15.

Gift cards for the Lily Stone Gardens Shop are available online and in-store that can be used towards the U-Pick balances. This is often a popular idea for a holiday or birthday gift!

DO I GET TO KEEP MY PITCHER AFTER THE U-PICK?

No, the pitcher itself is not a take-home item. We would need thousands of pitchers to make that possible! It is just for you to use during your garden session to fill with flowers. Our team will wrap your bouquet with water on the stems after you are done, though, so rest assured that your flowers will still have access to some water on the drive home.

If you would prefer to bring your own vase to put your flowers into for the drive home, that's totally fine. Just let us know before we start wrapping!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR MY U-PICK VISIT?

For the most part, the basic items that you need for U-Pick (garden snips & a pitcher with water) are provided for you. Beyond that, we have a few suggestions that can be helpful, but they are not mandatory. 

For Hot & Sunny Weather: Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, water bottle, change of shoes etc.

For Cold or Rainy Weather: Rain gear, jacket, rubber boots, change of shoes etc.

If It Has Just Finished Raining: Rubber boots (seriously - our clay soil is real sticky and heavy when wet) and a change of shoes.

General Good Practices: Bug spray (those darn mosquitos can be brutal!), a water bottle, proper footwear for uneven terrain and potential mud, a clean change of shoes if you plan to enter the venue for the Courtyard Cafe (there is no mud allowed in the venue), and a cheerful attitude :)

You are welcome to bring your own garden clippers or garden gloves if you would like to use them during your visit, but this is not required.

Main Message: Dress for the weather so that you can participate comfortably (rain or shine) & be ready for some fun! 

WHAT IF THE GARDEN IS ALREADY FULL WHEN I ARRIVE?

We can accommodate up to 30 people in the garden at one time. If the garden is already full when you arrive, we will take your name, number of people in your group, and a phone number to add to our wait list. 

Once the appropriate number of pitchers become available, we will text your group to alert you that it's your turn. Groups will be alerted in the order that they arrived. You're welcome to grab a lemonade or bite to eat at the Courtyard Cafe while you wait! Thanks for your patience!

Since arrival times are accepted all day long during our opening hours, there is a high chance you'll be able to get started right away, but a cold lemonade if you have to wait is never a bad idea!

I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER & WONDER IF I CAN USE THE LILY STONE GARDEN FOR PHOTO SESSIONS?

We are offering time blocks by the hour for you to book the garden for sessions for your clients on select dates. These are not private sessions as other visitors will be on the property, however there are other areas equally as beautiful to capture if desired. If this interests you please email orders@lilystonegardens.com to inquire and one of our team members will be in touch.

CAN ANYONE WALK THROUGH AND TOUR THE GARDEN AT ANYTIME?

Our flower farm field is open to all guests during U-Pick hours as indicated above. At any other time, our flower field is a private workspace.

Outside of U-Pick hours, Lily Stone Gardens is a fully operational flower farm, where we must keep on top of maintenance, our own harvesting, and other important farm procedures that require our full focus. 

We do not permit guests to walk through the garden outside of U-Pick hours, as staff must be present to ensure the safety of all persons. No exceptions. 

CAN ANYONE WALK THROUGH AND VIEW THE EVENT VENUE AT ANYTIME?

Our event venue will be open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 AM to 8 PM, for the Courtyard Cafe. During these hours, you are welcome to pop your head in to take a peek, grab some lunch, and enjoy the space. You are also welcome to enjoy the outdoor courtyard seating area.

At any other time outside Courtyard Cafe hours, our event venue is a private workspace where we conduct meetings, workshops, and host weddings. Thank you for respecting this operational constraint.

If you are looking for a guided venue tour or meetings for planning a wedding or event, please complete our venue inquiry form by clicking HERE. All guided venue tours MUST be coordinated in advance with our venue team. If you are happy to just look around on your own, you are warmly welcome to do so during our opening hours. Please be advised that any venue inquiries and tours must be booked around existing events during the height of wedding season. Thank you for your patience.

WHY ISN'T THE COURTYARD CAFE OPEN ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY? WHAT IF I WANTED TO STAY FOR LUNCH?

Great question. The reason our on-site Courtyard Cafe is not open on Fridays or Saturdays is because our weddings and other events have been booked and are being set up inside the venue on those days. These are private events and so we can't have the space open to the public on an event day.

But don't worry - remember that we still have the Lily Stone Cafe, located in town, with a full menu with lots of tasty options. So rest assured that if you're making the trip out on a Friday or Saturday, there is still a phenomenal lunch option available to you. We would highly encourage you to reserve a table though, as our small Cafe space fills up really quickly during the busy summer season. Thank you all for your ongoing support of independent restaurants and the love for our home cooked meals!

I WANT TO COME TO THE U-PICK BUT WILL BE BRINGING A STROLLER, WHEELCHAIR, OR OTHER MOBILITY AID. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO PREPARE FOR MY VISIT?

You are welcome to bring a stroller, wheelchair, or other mobility aids down to the garden. Please note that due to the way we plant many of our rows close together, it may be tricky to maneuver strollers or mobility aids in certain areas of the garden. You may still be able to pick from the edges of the rows if you require these items to stay close by. The ground may be uneven or rough in areas and may be muddy after rainfall. Please keep this in mind when you are planning your visit to plan accordingly.

If the garden U-Pick is not the best match for you, don't worry. We suggest giving our indoor Stem Bar a try! A nice selection of garden-fresh flowers are set up inside the Shop for you to make your own bouquet from Tuesday to Saturday each week. 

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN TO THE U-PICK?

Absolutely - kids in the garden are always a hoot. That being said, safety is at the forefront of our minds here at Lily Stone when it comes to hosting you on the farm. With this in mind, small children MUST be accompanied at arm's length by an adult at all times

Lily Stone Gardens is a fully operational flower farm; there is rough ground, potential tripping hazards, and two large irrigation ponds nearby. Some flowers are not suitable to be consumed or nibbled on. Children cannot be left to wander on their own at any time whatsoever. Child safety and care remains the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

CAN I BRING MY PETS TO THE U-PICK AND INTO THE EVENT VENUE?

We ask that you leave your pets at home while you attend Lily Stone Gardens for U-Pick or the Courtyard Cafe. Licenced service animals are permitted. 

I HAVE ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES TO MANY PLANTS. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO PREPARE FOR MY VISIT?

Flowers should never be ingested. Children and pets should be supervised around plant material to ensure that no plant matter is ingested. U-Pick participants should practice good hand hygiene and wash their hands after handling plant material in the garden to minimize any risk of skin irritation.

Food items in the Lily Stone Courtyard Cafe are prepared in a facility where common allergens are present, including but not limited to gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, other tree nuts, etc.

LIABILITY:

Lily Stone Gardens and Cafe is not held liable for any injuries, damages, and/or loss of personal property that may occur during your visit. 

U-PICK CANCELLATIONS

Our U-Pick will run rain or shine, so please ensure that your group dresses according to the weather conditions. 

In the event of severe weather, such as thunderstorms or severe rainfall, where we make the decision to cancel U-Pick for the day, we will post that information to our Instagram stories. If you require further clarity about the weather here in Rosenort, you're welcome to give us a call here at the Shop.

ENVIRONMENT OF RESPECT:

We ask that you treat our property with care and respect as it is our home as well! We ask that you extend this care and respect towards our farm animals, our staff, and your fellow guests as well to ensure a positive experience for all.

OTHER QUESTIONS

If any questions arise regarding our U-Pick or Courtyard Cafe, please give us a call at the Lily Stone Gardens Shop - 1 (204) 712 - 6678