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Did You Know? RBG is a National Historic Site of Canada!

July 29, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. From coast to coast to coast, there are over 900 places designated National Historic Sites ...

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RBG’s Waste Diversion Program

July 27, 2021

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017 we made some big changes to our recycling and composting program at RBG. The ...

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Joy in the Rose Garden

July 22, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Exciting things have been happening in the Rose Garden based upon information gathered in 2020. Last ...

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Indoor Garden Areas Open to the Public Beginning June 16

July 15, 2021

Beginning Friday, July 16 Royal Botanical Gardens will be opening indoor areas to the public as Ontario moves into Step Three of its Roadmap to ...

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Visiting Safely During COVID-19

July 15, 2021

Indoor Areas Now Open Indoor areas are now open to the public as Ontario moves into Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen. These areas ...

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On the Trails: July 2021

July 8, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we ask you to please wear a mask when you are near other people. ...

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Telling Tales, Celebrating Stories

June 24, 2021

By Telling Tales, guest blog The sun is shining, the weather is warming and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful days of ...

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How Starting a Vegetable Garden Made Me Rethink My Grocery Shopping

June 17, 2021

By Grace Hunter, Climate Change Garden Exhibit Interpretation Coordinator, June 2021, Royal Botanical Gardens In February 2021, during a dreary winter and seemingly endless lockdown, ...

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All Outdoor Garden Areas Open to the Public Beginning June 14

June 10, 2021

Beginning Monday, June 14, as part of Step One of the Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, Royal Botanical Garden’s outdoor garden areas will be open to the general public. These areas include David Braley and Nancy ...

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On the Trails: June 2021

June 2, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we ask you to please wear a mask when you are near other people. ...

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LDD (Gypsy) Moth Management

June 1, 2021

About LDD Moths Lymantria dispar (LDD), is a non-native invasive pest that was introduced in the late 19th century. It was first discovered in Ontario in ...

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Supporting RBG During COVID-19

June 1, 2021

 As I write this, we are in our third lockdown and I hope that by the time you read this, those restrictions have lifted.   Over the ...

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Lilacs and Living Collections

May 26, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. Canada has produced several notable lilac hybridizers over the years. When it comes to female ...

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The Living Legacy of Linnaeus

May 21, 2021

By Dr. Jim Pringle, Plant Taxonomist, Royal Botanical Gardens. The plant held by Linnaeus in the attached portrait is the circumpolar species, Linnaea borealis L. ...

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Periurban Biodiversity – Why does it Matter?

May 20, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Saturday 22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity 2021, and it’s a great time ...

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Don’t be Crabby – The Crabapple Collection is in Bloom!

May 17, 2021

By Emily Sharma, Communications Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens. Nature knows how to keep the good (spring) times rolling with new blooms around every corner. And ...

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Taking Action and Tackling Litter

May 11, 2021

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. We’ve all seen it and we’ve all smelled it. Litter isn’t a pleasant experience for any ...

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On the Trails: May 2021

May 6, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we ask you to please wear a mask when you are near other people. ...

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Tree Planting Tips

April 29, 2021

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter and Jon L. Peter, Curator and Manager of Plant Records, Royal Botanical Gardens There is a never-ending list of benefits to ...

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Happy Birthday Aleksander Tamsalu!

April 26, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Wednesday 28 April 2021 is the 130th birthday of Aleksander Tamsalu, Royal Botanical Gardens’ first ...

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What’s in the Water at Cootes Paradise Marsh

April 23, 2021

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. What’s in the water? The answer is an ever-changing array of things. That said, most ...

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Ravishing Redbuds

April 21, 2021

By Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens. Thanks to hybridization and selection efforts, the redbud has become a very popular ...

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Heating Degrees and Phenology

April 17, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Flowers are coming out weeks early this year, and there’s a hot reason why. All ...

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Mediterranean Garden 2020-2021

April 14, 2021

By Chris Tarrant, Plant Propagation and Production Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens. Since my arrival at RBG in 2017, the Mediterranean Garden (or “Med House” as ...

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On the Trails: April 2021

April 8, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Please follow ...

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The Next Best Thing to Being Here

April 8, 2021

By Barbara McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Behind the scenes at RBG Centre, one member of our staff does a lot of travelling in ...

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Temporary Closure of Indoor and Outdoor Garden Areas

April 1, 2021

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as Ontario enters a province-wide shutdown, Royal Botanical Gardens’ David ...

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Trail Running Impacts

April 1, 2021

By Jennifer Dick, Manager of Interpretation, Royal Botanical Gardens. I’ve been a hiker since I could walk. Exploring new trails to see different landscapes, learn to ...

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The Rise and Fall of our Wetlands

March 29, 2021

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. Lots of people are wondering what happened to all the water in Cootes Paradise Marsh this ...

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Temporary Closure: Rock Garden

March 28, 2021

Temporary Closure: David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as ...

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Controlling an Invasive Species: LDD Moths

March 24, 2021

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Last summer, LDD (Gypsy) Moth (Lymantria dispar dispar) populations were booming. Many people were asking questions ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Secret Sounds of Spores

March 10, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Header image: Secret Sounds of Spores, Inspace, installation view screen capture. The Secret Sounds of Spores ...

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Growing a Community: Seed Sharing

March 5, 2021

By Erin Aults, Library and Archives Specialist, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you are like me, you are eagerly awaiting the new, seemingly delicate green that ...

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Permeable Pavers in Scented Garden

March 3, 2021

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. At RBG we’ve been interested in incorporating permeable paving on our property for some time. We ...

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On the Trails: March 2021

March 2, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Spring is ...

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Healing Garden Project

March 1, 2021

Last spring, I don’t think any of us could have imagined how the year would unfold. It was full of unimaginable loneliness, heartwarming human kindness, and now, a glimmer of hope.  This ...

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A Seasonal Display Primer

February 18, 2021

By Jim Mack, Head of Horticulture, Royal Botanical Gardens. The transition through the seasons may be slow and subtle, but from a horticultural point of ...

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Mark Runciman Retirement and Tribute Fund

February 12, 2021

UPDATE: Thank you to our generous donors for supporting the Mark Runciman Tribute Fund! Your contribution towards the Mark Runciman Tribute Fund assists RBG during this difficult ...

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In Search of the First Flower

February 10, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Flowers are everywhere in our world today. The majestic Magnolias, Lilacs, and Roses are all ...

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Celebrating RBG’s Wetlands

February 2, 2021

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. What’s so special about wetlands? While the department at RBG that cares for and manages our ...

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Happy World Wetlands Day

February 2, 2021

Today we are joining all of our friends around the world in celebrating World Wetlands Day. You might be asking yourself, what exactly is a ...

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Botanicult Fiction: “This Plant Eats Bits of Meat!”

February 1, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Growing up in the north of England was frequently an austere experience spending my formative ...

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How Micro-Plastics Impact Plant Health and Our Food

January 28, 2021

By Nina Hunt, Herbarium Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens. Scientists estimate that one third of all plastic waste ends up in soils and freshwater. Most of ...

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Botanicult Fiction: 2001: A Space Odyssey

January 25, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens More than fifty years after its premier, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, directed by Stanley Kubrick, written ...

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Skating on Cootes Paradise; It’s the next best thing to flying!

January 19, 2021

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you visualise your favourite places and experiences at RBG, chances are you’re picturing them against ...

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Being a Sub-Zero Locavore; eating local in winter

January 14, 2021

By Nadine Nesbitt, Public Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Eating locally isn’t just good for our health, but helps to support our neighbourhood businesses and ...

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Is There a “Perfect” Time of Year to Hike?

January 12, 2021

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. I try not to use the word “perfect” to describe much in life, but recently some ...

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On the Trails: January 2021

January 8, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Ice skating, ...

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Festivals of Light: Ramadan and Eid

January 6, 2021

By Lateef Muhammed, Volunteer, Children’s International Learning Centre. One of the most practiced religions in the world is Islam, which is performed by Muslims. They ...

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Winter Hiking on the Trails

January 4, 2021

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Taking Care When Hiking Hamilton and Burlington have to be the hiking-est cities around. Linked by ...

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Festivals of Light: Lunar New Year

December 24, 2020

By Janet Liu, Treasurer of Children’s International Learning Centre. Lunar New Year is a global celebration that occurs yearly in many Asian and non-Asian communities. ...

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The Everlasting Battle of the Oak King and Holly King

December 23, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. The day that many celebrate Christmas has its origins in the deep history of ancient ...

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Temporary Closure of Royal Botanical Gardens due to COVID-19 Dec 26

December 22, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases rise in Ontario, public health officials and the Province of Ontario have moved southern Ontario into Shutdown mode effective ...

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Festivals of Light: Midwinter Ceremony

December 21, 2020

By Alice Bomberry, Blake Bomberry, Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations- Cayuga, Friends of the CILC Children’s International Learning Centre. For the Haudenosaunee (People of the ...

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Temporary Closure of Rock Garden due to Hamilton entering Grey Zone

December 19, 2020

As Hamilton Public Health’s data continues to trend in a negative direction, due to COVID-19, Hamilton has been moved into the Grey Zone / Lockdown ...

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Pledge to Donate your Christmas Tree!

December 17, 2020

UPDATE: we have received enough registrations to complete the project! Thank you for your interest in donating your tree to help with RBG’s conservation efforts! ...

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Keeping Cozy in Winter: Squirrel Dreys

December 17, 2020

By Danielle Barrett, Education Resource Interpreter/Interprète de la nature, Royal Botanical Gardens. It is December and you go for a walk in your neighbourhood and ...

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Festivals of Light: Kwanzaa

December 15, 2020

By Volunteers of the Children’s International Learning Centre. Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture. It was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, an African-American history ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Something Wicker This Way Comes

December 15, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The Wicker Man is a 1973 film directed by Robin Hardy, written by Anthony Shaffer ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Star Trek’s The Infinite Vulcan

December 8, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Many Star Trek stories have become interconnected since the original series ran in the late ...

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Festivals of Light: Christmas

December 8, 2020

By Volunteers of the Children’s International Learning Centre. Enjoy the pictures of crèches made from a variety of materials including plants from the collection of the ...

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Sustainable Gifting Guide

December 3, 2020

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. December is a time of celebration for many folks across several faiths and belief systems. For ...

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On the Trails: December 2020

December 1, 2020

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Arctic water ...

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3 Sustainable Wrapping Ideas

November 30, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. The holidays are a time full of cheer and beauty, from the festive meals and brightly coloured ...

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Festivals of Light: Hanukkah

November 26, 2020

By Aha Blume, Volunteer of the Children’s International Learning Centre. The book of the Maccabees tells the story of Hanukkah. When King Antiochus took over ...

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Botanicult Fiction: This Side of Paradise

November 25, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens This Side of Paradise, the 24th episode of the first season of the original Star ...

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Exploring Conifers

November 24, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens. As we approach the holiday season and winter ahead, there is one division of ...

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The Art of Trees

November 20, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. Have you ever wondered what happens to fallen trees at RBG? Some become works of art which ...

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A World of Botany in a Piece of Cake

November 19, 2020

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Not too long after we put the clocks back each fall, a harbinger of the holiday ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Happening

November 18, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The Happening is a 2008 film by M. Night Shyamalan starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, ...

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Festivals of Light: Diwali

November 16, 2020

Diwali, commonly referred to as the festival of lights, is a celebration engaged in by Sikh and Hindu people all around the world. The word ...

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How a Common Wildflower became the Symbol of Remembrance Day

November 11, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. The common poppy (Papaver rhoeas) has for thousands of years been a familiar sight in ...

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Festivals of Light

November 10, 2020

By Lana Lowe, Executive Director, Children’s International Learning Centre Even though we are living in a time of uncertainty, the urge to celebrate endures. At ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Tomatoes, are they Fruit, Vegetables, or Murderers?

November 10, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Since the 1978 release of the movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! it has become ...

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On the Trails: November 2020

November 10, 2020

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. To start ...

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Princess Point Restoration Project

November 9, 2020

We are undertaking an ambitious restoration and preservation project, so Princess Point remains the natural retreat you value.   Over the past few months, a record number of visitors have ...

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A Botanical Perspective on Tea

November 5, 2020

By Nadia Cavallin, Field Botanist, Royal Botanical Gardens. I love tea so, as a botanist, it’s funny that I had not considered the plant much. ...

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You Otter Hear About This!

November 3, 2020

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Out getting her nature fix and looking for birds this weekend, one of our staff came ...

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Supernatural Botany and Halloween

October 30, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. 2020 has been the strangest year in most people’s living memories but as we approach ...

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The Mystery of Martimas, the Horse of Hendrie Park

October 29, 2020

By Lauren McAusland, Interpretation Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens. As the colourful leaves begin to fall and a chill enters the night air, you may have ...

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Bats at RBG

October 28, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. What comes to mind when you hear the word “bat”? Unfortunately, bats tend to get a bad ...

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On Outdoor Environmental Education

October 21, 2020

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. The pandemic has been a major disrupter in every sector of our society, shining its germy ...

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5 Reasons to Visit the Arboretum

October 16, 2020

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you have never heard of a “tree museum” before, you are probably not alone. One ...

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Charming Chrysanthemums

October 15, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are a fall favourite for many; they add beautiful fall tones to ...

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Less is Best: Impacts of Wildlife Feeding Along RBG Trails

October 13, 2020

By Jennifer Dick, Interpretation Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Wildlife in RBG’s nature sanctuaries have a problem — and the problem is overfeeding. A recent study ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Will the Real James Bond Reveal Himself

October 8, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. All life on earth depends on Plants. For this reason, I think we can thereforetalk ...

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Enjoy a Take-Home Thanksgiving Dinner – SOLD OUT!

October 2, 2020

An offer from our partners: SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who ordered. This Thanksgiving, let us do the cooking! It's been a challenging year ...

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All About Fall Colours

October 1, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. Fall is often celebrated for its cozy temperatures, yummy foods, and of course, colourful fall foliage. Beautiful ...

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On the Trails: October 2020

October 1, 2020

The trails burst into fall colour as the leaves turn reds, yellows, and purples. October is also the heart of fall bird migration, and Royal Botanical Gardens sanctuaries are ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Plants in Space, Fact or Fiction?

September 28, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens It might seem like living plants in space is in the realm of science fiction, ...

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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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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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