This Weekend at RBG

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See the events, courses, tours and activities running at RBG this weekend, all in once place!


RBG Special Events

Canada and Ontario's 150th at RBG

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to commemorate Ontario and Canada’s 150th birthday with year-long celebrations showcasing the diversity of our beautiful province and RBG’s unique landscapes. Experience a year full of music and entertainment, cuisine, art, horticultural displays and exhibitions.

May 20 to August 20

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks

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If you love LEGO, you’ll love Nature Connects. Created with over 300,000 LEGO pieces, this exhibition features 14 sculptures by New York artist, Sean Kenney. Building with LEGO bricks is about balance and connections, much like the biodiversity of Royal Botanical Gardens.

June 14th to Sept 6th

Garden Music Nights Concert Series

Tuesday and Wednesday Nights; Hendrie Park Learn More >>

Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. Tap your feet to jazz and blues music every Wednesday and enjoy country and roots music on Tuesdays. We’re celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th with some great homegrown talent!

August 5 to 7

The Enchanted Garden

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Rock Garden
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Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies and sprites. Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. PLEASE NOTE there is a $5.00 upcharge for this event. Tickets available soon!

Weeknights, August 14 – September 1

Shakespeare at the Rock

7:00 p.m.; Rock Garden
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The David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden will come to life this August with William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. The unique Rock Garden setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of theatre under the stars. 15 showings presented by Tottering Biped Theatre Company.

July 8 to August 27

Edible Weekends

10:00AM to 4:00PM | Veggie Village, Hendrie Park
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Visit our Discovery Cart in Veggie Village to learn more about tasty plants that are easy to grow and use in a wide variety of dishes. RBG’s Greenhouse Café presents cooking demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. Greenhouse Café recipes will be available at the Discovery Cart on weekends.

Daily, May 15 - September 3

Discovery in the Gardens

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Visit our Garden Interpreters to discover our Gardens in a new way. Visit our Discovery Carts, go on a guided tour, and much more!

June to December

Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

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In 2013, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident Dan Lawrie donated the first sculpture of The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.

June to September

Celebrating Connections - Annuals Display

Throughout RBG

Throughout our gardens you will discover unique horticultural displays that celebrate our nation’s 150th anniversary while exploring multicultural, ecological, historical and sustainable perspectives.

August 26

20th Anniversary of the Fishway

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Princess Point

Join RBG biologists and staff to and celebrate the Great Lakes’ first two-way Fishway and carp barrier. Since 1997, the Fishway has been keeping invasive non-native carp out of Cootes Paradise while maintaining the flow of water and populations of native aquatic species. Join in the festivities as we celebrate this unique restoration project’s 20th anniversary!

Grand Opening September 17

Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail

September–December; Arboretum

The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be created in partnership with Anishinabek elders and traditional teachers.  

September 21, 29,  October 12, November 8

Speaker Series

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to offer lectures featuring outstanding individuals in their professions. The 2017 Speaker Series features informative lectures exploring Ontario’s history and connections to our natural world, as part of our celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation for Canada and Ontario.

November 4th and 5th

Tea Festival

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Warm up with a hot cup of tea and sample different varieties from around the world. From green to rooibos, oolong to herbal and everything in between, learn all about your favourite types of tea with educational presentations. Celebrate the classic hot beverage with live performances and experience its cultural origins first-hand with a traditional tea ceremony.


T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition

Rock Garden - Learn More >>

The T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition will celebrate the legacy of the RBG founder and community leader, and set in motion the process of honouring him in perpetuity.

November to December

Local Railway Heritage Display

Rock Garden

The Local Railway Heritage Display features a unique model train display that celebrates and depicts the rich heritage of railways throughout Hamilton, Burlington, the Niagara Escarpment, and Lake Ontario shoreline.

November 18th to December 31st

Winter Traditions

RBG Centre, Hendrie Park, Rock Garden

We’re celebrating Canadian Winter Traditions with food, heritage and environmental programing as well as children’s musical, theatrical, and story performances. Holiday Traditions returns with the RBG Botanical Train Show and a Signature Santa Experience.


Holiday Light Show

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This Multi-Media Light, Sound and Theatrical presentation will celebrate Ontario and Canada’s Sesquicentennial in the setting of the picturesque Rock Garden.

Children’s Mini-Gardens

May–August; Hendrie Park

Our new Mini-Gardens are helping kids grow! Engage with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural displays.

Centennial Rose Garden Refresh

June–October; Hendrie Park  Learn More >>

Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose Garden will allow RBG to interpret and promote Ontario’s innovation in sustainable gardening practices for visitors.

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden, OPENING SUMMER 2018.