Biodiversity Celebration

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

There is no better place to celebrate the diversity of life than Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada’s biodiversity hotspot!

booth showcasing pressed lilac specimans

Showcasing Local Biodiversity!

Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided tours, and much more await you on this activity-packed celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

*All times and programs subject to change

Included in your General Admission or Membership

Purchase Admission Online

Featured Guests

11 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Wild Ontario

Come see a variety of live birds-of-prey with our special guest, Wild Ontario!

11 a.m. to
2 p.m.

Bird Banding

Join a bird bander to learn about birds and migration as he catches and bands them on their way through the Arboretum.

Scheduled Presentations and Guided Walks

11 a.m.,
1 p.m. &
2:30 p.m.

Lilac Tour

Learn the story of our lilac collection as you walk through the lilacs with one of our Garden Interpreters.

1:30 p.m.

Wildflower Walk

See what’s in bloom in our nature sanctuaries on a walk along our trails guided by an Interpreter.

Drop in and Discover

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Lilacs: a Pressing Matter

Learn why science and horticulture staff collect, press, and preserve specimens of lilacs in order to catalogue lilac diversity and conservation.

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Discover Lilacs

Stop by our Discovery Cart to learn about our world-renowned lilac collection.

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Biodiversity Discovery Station

Explore the diversity of life that calls RBG home.

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Discover Pollination

Discover the fascinating world of insects and the important role they play in the food we eat and the flowers we all enjoy.

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Cootes Paradise: Hear All About It

Peruse our headlines and see how Cootes Paradise Marsh has been shaped by the people around it.

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Discover the Fishway

Explore the slippery and finned friends that come through our grates into Cootes Paradise Marsh.

10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Garden Games and Activities for Kids

Pick up a scavenger hunt, throw some bean bags, and play our fun interactive garden games!

10 a.m. to
3 p.m.

BBQ and Refreshments

Take a break and refuel with some tasty treats! (available for purchase)


Other Upcoming Events

Visit our events page for more information or view the full calendar.

Matt Dusk Sings Sinatra

Benefit Concert

Presented by TD Bank. The Jim Cuddy Band and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra play Hendrie Park on Sunday June 2.

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Red Rose

Lilac Celebration

experience one of the largest and most magnificent and diverse collections in the world as it reaches peak bloom.

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walking in the Arboretum with butterfly nets

Iris and Peony Celebration

Visitors to Laking Garden will be with mesmerized by brilliant colour combinations as its iris and peonies collections reach peak bloom.

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