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Visiting Safely During COVID-19

September 18, 2020

As we welcome our community and visitors back to experience the beauty of Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG), we are making every effort to help ensure ...

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Evergreens vs Conifers

September 25, 2020

By Lauren McAusland, Interpretation Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens. As autumn arrives, you may have noticed that some leaves are already starting to turn those beautiful ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Body Snatchers

September 23, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. The Body Snatchers is a 1955 science fiction novel written by Jack Finney, originally serialized ...

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4 Ontario Trees on the Brink

September 23, 2020

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Trees are an important part of nearly all ecosystems. They provide us with shade, clean air, ...

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Growing Your Own Garlic

September 18, 2020

By Nadine Nesbitt, Public Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. With autumn’s breeze in the evening air, the end to an abundant growing season is seemingly ...

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Saving Seeds from Your Garden

September 17, 2020

By Rita Shaw, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. There are several reasons for saving seeds from your garden. Using seeds you have collected will save the ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Flowering of the Strange Orchid

September 15, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. The Flowering of the Strange Orchid is a short story by H.G. Wells, first published ...

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Growing Milkweed in Ontario

September 10, 2020

By Karin Davidson Taylor, Education Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Milkweeds are dying back now that it’s September and pods are maturing getting ready to ‘pop’ ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Getting to Know Groot

September 9, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens (with thanks to Tomasz Wiercioch) The Flora colossi are an amazing species. Able to grow ...

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Supporting RBG During COVID-19

September 8, 2020

Without plants, human beings wouldn’t exist. You and your loved ones rely on plants for food and the air we breathe. Plants power many aspects ...

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Incentive Program for Ontario Healthcare Workers – Extended!

September 3, 2020

Royal Botanical Gardens is grateful to those in the healthcare community that have been working tirelessly to keep their communities safe in the fight against ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Wakanda’s Heart-Shaped Herb

September 2, 2020

(In Memoriam, Chadwick Boseman, 29 November 1976 - 28 August 2020) By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Traditional societies are often ...

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On the Trails: September 2020

September 2, 2020

September is migratory season and our sanctuaries are in the middle of number of migration routes. Over 250 bird species can be encountered over the ...

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Essential Pollinators in Your Edible Garden

August 27, 2020

By Karin Davidson Taylor, Education Program Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Each winter and spring, we spend time sorting through our seeds to decide what we’d ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Doctor Who The Seeds of Death

August 25, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. H.G. Wells’ War of the World’s is the story that probably first springs to mind ...

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Where are the Monarchs?

August 20, 2020

By Karin Davidson Taylor, Education Program Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens. More than once this summer, I’ve heard the comments, “I haven’t seen as many Monarchs ...

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Planting for Monarchs

August 18, 2020

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. The bold and beautiful Monarch butterfly is a welcome guest in any garden. As an insect, ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Day of the Triffids

August 17, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Many people encountered science fiction for the first time in high school when assigned John ...

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A Fairy-Filled Weekend at Home

August 15, 2020

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! RBG's Enchanted Garden Weekend is sold out, but you can still bring a little garden magic home. Learn ...

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In Praise of Wasps

August 13, 2020

By Gabe Comezzi, Education Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Few insects evoke sharper reactions among people of all ages as wasps do. After all, while ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Ash Tree

August 12, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. In recent years we have become familiar with the decline of ash trees thanks to the ...

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The Importance of Rose Evaluations

August 10, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. As beautiful as the rose garden is it also provides RBG with several great educational ...

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On the Trails: August 2020

August 7, 2020

The next generation of life fills the sanctuaries, birds are numerous, new fish abound in the wetlands, and butterflies and dragonflies are on the wing. August ...

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Botanicult Fiction: E.T.(B.): The Extra-Terrestrial (Botanist)

August 6, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. In a California forest not far from Los Angeles, a gentle hand comes down to ...

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Celebrating Melons at RBG

August 5, 2020

By Gabe Comezzi, Education Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. For many home gardeners and fruit lovers, summer in Ontario would not be complete without the ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Maneater of Hydra

July 27, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. Have the restrictions for COVID-19 left you feeling bored, frustrated and in need of new ...

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The Moths Eating Our Trees

July 22, 2020

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you’ve walked along our trails recently, you may have noticed an abundance of caterpillars and ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Dyson Tree – Spreading Leaf on a Comet

July 22, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. In early 2020 the world lost Dr. Freeman Dyson (15 December 1923 - 28 February ...

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Caring for Roses

July 16, 2020

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. For many gardeners, it’s tricky to have thriving roses. Our northern climates and pesticide bans make ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Botany and the Werewolfery Connection

July 13, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. Werewolf of London is a 1935 horror film produced by Universal Studios as part of ...

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Invasive Worms of Ontario

July 10, 2020

By Gabe Camozzi, Education Programs Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens A tunnelling menace is underfoot, threatening the biodiversity of our forests and the quality of our ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Freeman Lowell, Space Gardener

July 8, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. In the third decade of the 21st century we’re used to epic science fiction films ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Creepshow and the Danger of Space Weed

June 30, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. Creepshow is a classic 1982 horror film written by Stephen King and produced by George A. ...

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Re-Growing Table Scraps In Your Garden

June 26, 2020

By Gabe Camozzi, Education Programs Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens Have you ever looked at the green onion root ends, unused celery stalks, and other table ...

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Heirloom vs. Hybrid

June 25, 2020

By Danielle Barrett, Education Resource Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens What is an heirloom vegetable? Heirloom plants including vegetables are old cultivars that were usually passed ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Man-eating Tree of Madagascar

June 23, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you had been an avid reader of newspapers in the later part of the ...

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Solar Flares & Purple Rain: Funky Plant Names

June 18, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Perambulating around the garden this week again offers an insight into some interesting plants not just ...

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Throw a Blues & BBQ Themed Fathers Day at Home!

June 18, 2020

Fire up the grill and celebrate Dad with an RBG-inspired day of music and food! Everything you need to host the ultimate BBQ, complete with ...

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Collecting Clematis

June 17, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens. Clematis is a highly collectable genera of herbaceous perennials and climbing vines. There are ...

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Rejoice! It’s Peony and Iris Peak Bloom

June 15, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Its an interesting time to be in the plant collections and gardens this week. Mid season ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom

June 15, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Doctor who and the seeds of Doom, written by Robert Banks Stewart, was the final story ...

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Fantastic Foliage

June 11, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens As we approach the summer solstice, we come to the time of year when ...

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Strong Youth in a Confusing World

June 9, 2020

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens It has been 5 years since RBG’s Young Environmental Science (YES) Alliance started. This club for ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Nero Wolfe and An Obsession for Orchids

June 8, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Somewhat obsessive, meticulous detectives have been favourite characters in fiction since 1887 when Arthur Conan ...

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Lilacs: What’s in a Name?

June 5, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The lilac collection has reached peak bloom perfectly in time for the reopening of the Arboretum. ...

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World Environment Day: “Celebrate Biodiversity”

June 5, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Every year on June 5 is World Environment Day, and in 2020 the theme is ...

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Photo Tour: June Views at Rock Garden

June 4, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens I had the privilege to visit Rock Garden on a beautiful day to start ...

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All Outdoor Garden Areas Opening with Limited Hours in Phased Reopening

June 3, 2020

As part of a phased re-opening, Royal Botanical Gardens will be opening all outdoor garden areas to the public, beginning Friday, June 5. These areas ...

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On the Trails: June 2020

June 2, 2020

June on the Trails Breeding birds, a show of wetland flowers and nesting turtles highlight June on the Trails. The wildflowers of June are highlighted ...

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Reflecting on Birding at RBG

June 1, 2020

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator and Not Just a Birding Club Leader, Royal Botanical Gardens With spring migration coming to an end, I find ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Thing From Another World

June 1, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens The classical era of science fiction films began long before 1977’s Star Wars. Several wonderful ...

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The Malus Collection

May 29, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens The genus Malus is a member of the Rose Family (Rosaceae) and includes edible ...

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Boraginaceae Botanicals

May 28, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens The borage or forget-me-not family (Boraginaceae) includes approximately 2,000 species of woody and herbaceous ...

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Spring Flower Hunt Contest

May 28, 2020

Join the Spring Flower Hunt for the Chance to Win! We’re celebrating spring, and our new website, by showcasing one of RBG’s signature blooms each ...

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A Celebration of Lilacs

May 27, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Lilacs (scientific name Syringa) are beloved garden plants and much admired for their showy and fragrant ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for a Weekend Treat

May 25, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams follows the adventures of Arthur Dent who ...

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RBG to Open Arboretum in Next Phase of Re-opening

May 25, 2020

Royal Botanical Gardens will be opening its Arboretum to the public beginning Wednesday, May 27. We welcome our community to experience the beauty of Royal Botanical ...

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Photo Tour: May Views in the Gardens

May 21, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens I had the occasion to visit RBG on May 19, 2020 to speak to ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Arboretum Aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise

May 20, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Star Trek hardly needs an introduction. It began over 50 years ago with the TV ...

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Royal Botanical Gardens as a Museum of the Land

May 15, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Monday May 18, 2020 is International Museum Day. Museums today are much more exciting and ...

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RBG to Open Select Trails for Public Use

May 15, 2020

With the recent announcement of provincial parks reopening for passive use, and considering Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer guidelines, Royal Botanical Gardens will begin opening select ...

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Scrumptious Succulents

May 14, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens Have you jumped on the succulent bandwagon? For the past ten years or more, ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Horticultural Horror (The Rose Garden by M.R. James)

May 13, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a prolific mediævalist scholar and Provost of King’s College Cambridge (1905-1918) ...

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Botanical Bloodroot

May 8, 2020

By Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager Bloodroot is a timeless spring ephemeral from the genus Sanguinaria, which comes from the Latin sanguinarius ...

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Sakura Zensen: The Advance of Cherry Blossoms

May 7, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections Flowering cherries are deciduous trees with showy, ornamental flowers in spring, oval serrated leaves, with many species or cultivars ...

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Throw a Garden-Themed Mother’s Day at Home

May 7, 2020

Celebrate Mom with an RBG-inspired day of music and food! Host an elegant Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at home, or let the kids treat Mom ...

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Welcome to the NEW rbg.ca

May 6, 2020

Connect with nature in a brand-new way with the new RBG.CA! As we all do our best to safely celebrate the emergence of spring, Royal ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Red Weed from Mars

May 5, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens British author H. G. Wells (1866–1946) was a prolific and imaginative contributor to classic science ...

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Spring Bud Break

May 5, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager As spring continues to unfold, it reveals a multitude of delight from early spring flowers, ...

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An Update from Royal Botanical Gardens regarding the Chedoke Creek Spill

May 4, 2020

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has reviewed the City of Hamilton’s recent findings report regarding the evaluation of the impacts to Cootes Paradise and Chedoke Creek ...

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Happy 90th Birthday!

April 29, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager Some of the best historical records we have from the beginning of RBG are found ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Mutant Island

April 27, 2020

By Tomasz Wiercioch, Coordinator, Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System Len Wein, Marvel Comics, 1975 A small island in the Pacific is exposed to radiation by ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Flora of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth

April 22, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens It’s hard to imagine a landscape without plants: they’re nearly everywhere on earth. Plants ...

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Royal Botanical Gardens and Earth Day at 50

April 22, 2020

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, held in the United States following on a 1969 declaration by UNESCO that the first ...

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Slow Down and Smell the β-Damascenone

April 18, 2020

Dr. David Galbraith (Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens) There is a lot of science involved in sniffing a flower. Flowers in cultivation have been ...

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Dazzling Daffodils

April 14, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager Daffodils, the genus Narcissus, are prized plants for historical, ornamental and economical importance. This is ...

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Wicked Witch-Hazels

April 6, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager The Hamamelidaceae family contains some of our finest trees and shrubs. From the intricate bark ...

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The Science of Springtime

April 6, 2020

Dr. David Galbraith (Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens) We enjoy a great variety of weather in Canada, which perhaps is why talking about it ...

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Botanicult Fiction: James Bond and the Orchid Connection

April 6, 2020

Are you a fan of martini’s shaken not stirred, James Bond and also like orchids? If so the book for you during self isolation might ...

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Temporary Closure of Royal Botanical Gardens

March 27, 2020

As organizations worldwide take increased measures to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Royal Botanical Gardens is extending the length of its temporary closure until ...

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On the Trails: March 2020

March 1, 2020

March on the Trails Spring is in the air, and the calls of chickadees, cardinals, and blackbirds can be heard throughout the nature sanctuaries. The ...

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On the Trails: February 2020

February 1, 2020

February on the Trails Fluctuating winter temperatures have limited conditions for skating and made all trails extremely icy such that boots with traction are a ...

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Featured Trail: Anishinaabe Waadiziwin / Hickory Valley Trail Loop

October 12, 2019

Anishinaabe Waadiziwin / Hickory Valley Trail Loop Route Length: 2.4 km Route Surface: mixed (packed earth, boardwalks, grass) Anishinaabe Waadiziwin Our newest Anishinaabe Waadiziwin trail starts at ...

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School of Fish by Kakkee Negeoseak

August 23, 2019

A new addition to the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection located in RBG’s Reflecting Pool. The Project The Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection was founded ...

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The Biotic World is in Crisis: Can botanical gardens rise to the challenge?

August 17, 2019

If you've been following the news over the past months you will have heard about the first major report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on ...

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The McQuesten Project

October 15, 2018

The McQuesten Project To celebrate the revitalized Rock Garden and Canada’s 150th anniversary, Royal Botanical Gardens issued its first permanent sculpture commission in decades. Funded ...

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