Arts Week at RBG

August 20 to 27, 2018

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Join us for a week inspired by creativity, innovation and natural landscapes!

Art brings beauty into our gardens, adds a human element, tells a story, and creates dialogue. With Arts Week at RBG we’re celebrating an inspiring blend of arts, cultural events and the breathtaking landscapes of Royal Botanical Gardens. Discover the abundance of art installations that grace our garden setting, tap your feet to a live blues performance in stunning Hendrie Park and experience Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the beauty of our historic Rock Garden.

The Collections

Over the years, Royal Botanical Gardens has become home to a wide variety of donated, and artist-driven projects.

small bronze sculpture of a rabbit in Veggie Village

Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

In 2013 Dan Lawrie, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident, made a 10-year commitment to donating sculpture to Royal Botanical Gardens, creating The International Sculpture Collection.

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two wooden sculptures representing large round heads

Earth Art

Earth Art installations can be found throughout RBG’s landscape. Also known as ephemeral art, this exciting genre of art has emerged from the contemporary world’s growing environmental consciousness.

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bronze sculpture of man with a head that appears to be made of plant material

Other Permanent Art

Discover some of the lesser known art pieces that have found their home at the Gardens throughout its rich history.

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Special Events at Arts Week

Join us for colourful events and vibrant programs all week! From garden parties to theatre, music and more, join us in celebrating the arts in all forms at RBG!

black rectangle with wide, mirrored crack spaces (H)our Glass - Ted Fullerton

Sculpture Social

Thursday August 23

7 p.m to 10 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Join us for a summer evening under the stars and as we unveil our newest additions to The Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection. Meet the artists, enjoy intimate live performance, indulge in locally sourced culinary delights and take a tour to explore the fascinating world of art and horticulture.

 Tickets Required

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Shakespeare at the Rock

August 20 to 24

7:30 p.m.; Rock Garden

The historic Rock Garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of inspiring theatre under the stars. Don’t miss out on this highly physical and creative variation presented by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre.

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garden music nights

Garden Music Nights

Wednesday August 22

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Vocal sensation, Jordan John, is a powerful and polished lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Adept on drums, keyboards, guitar and bass, he has already compiled a longer list of credits, and displays more assuredness and maturity, than many performers twice his age.

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 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Art-Inspired Education and Tours

Learn more about art at RBG and get involved with activities and tours from our education team! Visit for a full schedule of events and tours.

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pinecone in the grass

Earth Art Creation Station

August 20 to 26

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Create your own earth-inspired sculptures from natural materials and share your art with #RBGEarthArt.

leading a tour

Art in the Gardens Tour

August 20 to 26

11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Celebrate art in the gardens with a 30-minute sculpture highlights tour. Discover sculptures from around the world and made by a variety of materials. Meet at the tunnel to Hendrie Park.

pink roses

Painting with Plants Tour

August 19 to 26

Weekends, 11 a.m.; Rock Garden
Every Day, 1 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Join a Garden Interpreter to tour our special annuals displays and find inspiration to make colour come alive in your own garden.

cotton on the plant

Discover Fibres and Dyes

August 20 to 24

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Visit the Discovery Cart to learn about natural fibres and dyes used to create the clothing we wear.

black rectangle with wide, mirrored crack spaces

Art in Horticulture

Making Colour Come Alive!

Planning and creating a garden is very much like painting a picture, but the land is your canvas and your palette is alive. You are, in fact, painting with plants. Our Colour Comes Alive display beds and containers demonstrate how you can harness the living energy of plant colour to create dazzling works of art in any size of garden — from a small balcony to a large yard.

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Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Celebrate Ontario program is generously supporting Arts Week at RBG.