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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 Hendrie Park. 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, 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 ArboretumHendrie Park, and Rock Garden.


Dedicate a Lookout / Platform

For the lover of conservation and natural areas, designate a platform or boardwalk along one of Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 km of hiking trails. Platforms and boardwalks are available for dedication in the Hendrie Valley and Escarpment trail systems.

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.

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.

  • Name * Required
  • Are you an RBG Member? * Required
  • Which memorial program(s) are you interested in? * Required