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Hardening Off Isn’t Hard

May 18, 2022

By Jessica Veter, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Imagine a beginner gardener and her first windowsill of tomato seedlings. As they stretched in the mediocre light, ...

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Spongy Moth Management

May 6, 2022

About Spongy Moths Lymantria dispar dispar (formerly known as Gypsy Moth or LDD) is a non-native invasive pest that was introduced in the late 19th century. ...

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On the Trails: May 2022

May 2, 2022

Spring is in full swing and our nature sanctuary trails are packed with natural wonders to enjoy. Highlights include migratory birds, Bald Eagles, and forest ...

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What’s in Bloom? May at RBG

April 28, 2022

What Blooms in May? Note: this is a general guide of what typically blooms this month at RBG. Bloom periods may vary by up to ...

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On the Trails: April 2022

April 4, 2022

Spring has come at last and our trails are packed with natural wonders to enjoy. Highlights include migratory birds and the first of the forest ...

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Controlled Burn and Prairie Management

April 4, 2022

This spring, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) will be conducting controlled burns at two sites in the Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary to improve rare plant habitat, ...

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Festivals of Lights: Ramadan and Eid-ul-fitr

April 1, 2022

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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In Memoriam – Freek Vrugtman

March 31, 2022

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. An institution with an 80-year history has seen many amazing people participate in its development and ...

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Should You Feed the Birds? Using the Potato Principle

March 15, 2022

By Jennifer Dick, Manager of Interpretation, Royal Botanical Gardens. One of my favourite childhood memories was building a bird feeder with my father. We measured and ...

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Bald Eagles Nest and Hamilton’s Biodiversity Action Plan

March 8, 2022

By Tys Theijsmeijer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. One of our more famous species and among the first to nest annually is our local ...

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On the Trails: February 2022

February 10, 2022

At the start of February, we’re seeing fluctuating winter temperatures that are leaving the trails extremely icy. Proper footwear with traction is highly recommended when ...

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Festivals of Lights: Lunar New Year

February 8, 2022

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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Boathouse Renewable Energy Project

January 18, 2022

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you’ve spent time in the Arboretum you've likely walked past the boathouse which is located ...

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On the Trails: January 2022

January 13, 2022

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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Frozen Through Time: Cootes Paradise Marsh

January 13, 2022

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. People have long enjoyed visiting Cootes Paradise Marsh in the winter. The frozen marsh has been ...

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Festivals of Lights: Kwanzaa

December 26, 2021

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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Festivals of Lights: Christmas

December 20, 2021

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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Growing in 2021

December 9, 2021

By: Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens Photos by Jon L. Peter The 2021 growing period was a relatively good ...

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On the Trails: December 2021

December 1, 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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Festivals of Lights: Hanukkah

November 25, 2021

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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Ontario’s Inn-famous Crossroads: The Valley Inn and its Many Bridges

November 18, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science; Tys Theijsmeijer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. An exciting change is coming to a very picturesque site ...

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One Hundred Years of Remembrance Day Poppies

November 11, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Remembrance Day poppies are artificial flowers worn to remember those who died for their country. They ...

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Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee

November 4, 2021

By Brittany Killingbeck, Species at Risk Assistant, Royal Botanical Gardens. In the RBG Arboretum you will find a lovely rain garden nestled next to the Rasberry ...

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Festivals of Lights: Diwali

November 4, 2021

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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Try Out These Trails This Season

October 29, 2021

By: Emily Sharma, Communications Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens The scent of fallen leaves and vibrant palette of colours make RBG’s 27km of nature trails irresistible ...

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Supernatural Botany and Halloween

October 26, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. Originally published October 30, 2020 2020 has been the strangest year in most people’s living ...

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Taking a Careful Look at the Hendrie Gates

October 21, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Last week at RBG we had the help of an amazingly talented team of artist ...

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4 Best Things About Seeing the Invisible

October 19, 2021

By: Emily Sharma, Communications Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens RBG’s augmented reality (AR) exhibit, Seeing the Invisible, brings contemporary artwork from international artists right in the middle of Hendrie Park. From ...

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Introducing Heptacodium miconioides

October 14, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens With the sun having recently crossed the celestial equator and welcoming the autumnal equinox, many of ...

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On the Trails: October 2021

October 7, 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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The Future of Trees

October 7, 2021

By Tys Theijsmeijer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. Fall is defined by the changing colour of deciduous trees and made deeply special to each ...

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RBG’s New Healing Garden Evokes the First Botanical Gardens

September 30, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Visiting Royal Botanical Gardens’ Healing Garden in Hendrie Park is a great way to encounter ...

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Shell-ebrating a Successful Nesting Season

September 23, 2021

By: Emily Sharma, Communications Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens Back in June, we asked you to be on the lookout for our native turtles who were making their way inland to lay their eggs.  And ...

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Treecycling at RBG

September 8, 2021

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Sometimes at RBG we have to cut down trees. While we try to avoid it, it ...

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On the Trails: September 2021

September 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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Whole Lot of Hosta

August 26, 2021

By: Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens Visitors to Royal Botanical Gardens often ask, “where are the flowers?” My answer ...

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More Magnificent Monarchs

August 20, 2021

By: Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens The highly recognizable and charismatic Monarch butterfly is a beloved garden guest. To help celebrate National ...

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A Garden of People: Connecting once again in the places we love.

August 19, 2021

By Megan Haley, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. Every spring, the colours, smells, and sights of the season bring us out to gardens and trails. The ...

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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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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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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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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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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. All life on earth is driven by chemical reactions. Chemical reactions in turn are linked ...

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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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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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Controlling an Invasive Species: Spongy Moths

March 24, 2021

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Last summer, Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar dispar, formerly known as LDD or Gypsy Moth) populations were ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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