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Tribute & Memorial Program

Tribute gifts are a meaningful way to cherish today’s events and yesterday’s memories.

Is there someone in your life that you would like to honour, celebrate or commemorate, or is there a special occasion for which you would like to say, “you are in my thoughts,” like a birthday, anniversary or a shared memory?

Let someone know that you are thinking of them by making a donation to Royal Botanical Gardens.


Dedicate a Tree

Remember a loved one by dedicating a tree located throughout RBGs’ Gardens. With a gift of $2,500, you can select a tree from the Arboretum, Rock Garden or Laking Garden. A memorial or tribute plaque is placed on the tree or on a ground stake. 

Available tree types: Lilac, Magnolia, Crabapple, Ginkgo, Dawn-Redwood, Maple 

Dedicate a Bench

With a gift of $5,000-$15,000, you may designate one of our benches found throughout our gardens and natural lands. Each bench is personalized with a tribute plaque. 

Benches are available in the Arboretum, Natural Lands, and Rock Garden

Dedicate a Rose Garden Climber

With a gift of $7,500, located in the heart of Hendrie Park, Rose Garden Climbers are the perfect dedication for those who love to stop and smell the roses.  The recently rejuvenated garden is an innovative, sustainable and inspiring experience.


Dedicate a Platform Lookout or a Boardwalk Lookout Spot

For the lover of conservation and natural areas, designate a Platform Lookout or Boardwalk Lookout Spot along one of Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 km of hiking trails with a gift of $10,000 (Platform Lookout) or $5,000 to $7,500 (Boardwalk Lookout Spot) donation. Platform and Boardwalk Lookouts are available for dedication in the Hendrie Valley and Escarpment trail system.

Dedicate a Tree Sculpture

Located in the heart of Laking Garden, the tree sculptures are designed by Virginia Burt Designs of Burlington. With a contribution of $1,000, you can select one of our tree sculptures and a memorial or tribute plaque is placed on a ground stake.

*Laking Garden is a seasonal garden opened from May to Labour Day.

Tribute and Memorial FAQ

Have a question about your membership? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, send us a message or give us a call at 905-527-1158 ext. 293.

How long is the text in the plaque?

Trees and Sculptures: Allotment for the plaque engraving is 2 lines; each line is 44 characters each – including spaces and punctuation.

Benches: Allotment for the plaque engraving is 4 lines; each line is 44 characters each – including spaces and punctuation.

Will I receive a tax receipt for the dedication?

All donors to the tribute and memorial program receive a tax receipt for their gift.

Contact Us / Submit a Request

If you have questions about the tribute and memorial programs, please send us an email at the form below, or give us a call at 905-527-1158 ext 293 (1-800-694-4769). Should your call not connect, please leave a message.

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