David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden
We are proud to present the rejuvenated David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, our new garden, respecting our iconic treasure’s heritage, look and feel while celebrating the beginning of a new era with a beautiful, modern renovation. It started with a commitment from the federal and provincial governments and it grew through the support of donors and the community.
The rejuvenated David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden features new paths with gentle grades making it more accessible to all guests, a visitor experience that extends throughout the entire growing season and beyond, upgraded lighting and sound allowing extended hours and enhancing special events, and more green space with which to further enrich RBG’s programming.
About the New Garden
Royal Botanical Gardens’ mission is to dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education – together with our unique gardens, facilities and natural lands – to inspire and nurture society’s commitment to the environment. Like other public gardens around the world, we are embracing the changes needed to respond to the challenges of climate change.
The new Rock Garden reflects this forward-facing approach. It is truly a garden for the 21st century, one that embraces sustainable trends in garden design and management while respecting the integrity of its heritage setting. It incorporates a best practices approach to plant selection, design and management, including pollinator-friendly plants, species native to Ontario, and a broad representation of drought-tolerant perennials that provide wide sweeps of colour and texture through the seasons.
The new Rock Garden allows RBG to do more with less – less water, less upheaval of the soil, and less humanpower, plant waste and carbon emissions spent on seasonal change-outs of over 150,000 bulbs and annuals. It also allows us to do more, with new infrastructure that allows people to experience this much-loved garden in a new way with new events, year-round, day and night. And, it provides ideas and inspiration for gardeners to take home and incorporate into their own gardens, at a time when everyone’s garden can play a role in helping to make our communities more sustainable.