Enchanted Garden Weekend

Saturday August 3 to Monday August 5, 2019

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you.

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August 3 to 5

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.*; Rock Garden

Meet mystical creatures, participate in delightful activities, and learn the secrets of our Enchanted Garden.

*Last entry to the event is 3 p.m.

Purchase Tickets

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Event Tickets

Visitor Ticket Price
RBG Members
(Adults and Children)
$6 (+HST)
Adult $21.92 (+HST & Service Fee)
Youth / Senior* / Student** $19.27 (+HST & Service Fee)
Child age 4 to 12 $14.85 (+HST & Service Fee)
Child age 3 and under Free

Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online. We encourage you to purchase your tickets online as it helps us to better prepare for the event and makes your registration process quicker when you arrive.

Purchase Tickets
  • *RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age
  • **Student includes anyone showing a student card indicating full-time attendance in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • General admission is included in non member pricing, including access to all RBG garden areas
  • Prices are subject to HST and applicable service charges
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale.
  • Rain or Shine (in the case of extreme weather RBG reserves the right to cancel the event)

Meet the Mystical Creatures

Ella the Echinacea Fairy

Ella lives in the meadows and travels to all the Echinacea plants, giving them nectar for pollinators and medicinal magic for humans. She wears a flower petal skirt and a pollinator friend sits on her shoulder.

Ember the Fire Hobgoblin

Ember likes to scurry through the meadow with her sparks. When placed just right, her carefully crafted fire leads to habitat restoration and the renewal of life. Ember dresses in red and orange to match her flames.

Kit the Fox Fairy

Kit loves to play hide-and-seek in her forest home. She knows all the best hiding spots and helps foxes find safe places to build their dens. Her orange vest and ears help her blend into the trees.

Minnow the Freshwater Sprite

Minnow swims with her underwater friends in freshwater rivers, lakes, and wetlands. She gives young fish their scales and helps defend her companions from dangers. You may find her in a shady spot shimmering with scales.

Rowan the Woodland Elf

Rowan is protector of forest trees. She uses her magic staff to help trees grow thick bark and deep roots so they can stay healthy and strong. Rowan wears amour made from bark and a leaf-green cloak.

Ray the Sunflower Pixie

Ray uses the sun to help her sunflowers grow tall. She thanks the sun by directing the blooms to always face its way. She shares nectar with bees and seeds with birds. She wears yellow to shine like the sun.

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Enchanted Activities

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Rainbow Wands*: Make your very own colourful wand.
  • Rain Melody Stick*: Craft the soothing sounds of rain.
  • Jingle Jewellery*: Fashion a musical necklace.
  • Magic Portals*: Design a portal to attract enchanted beings.
  • Pixie Post Office: Send a note to a magical friend.
  • Tinker Treats$: Buy some snacks or drinks.
  • Fanciful Faces: Have your face painted.
  • Garden Games: Play outdoor games.
  • Dazzling Spectacles: Enjoy dazzling spectacles.

*You can take me home!
$Extra cost associated with these activities

11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

  • Fairy Tales: Hear enchanted fables and stories.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite and have a drink while exploring the garden! Food and drink will be available for purchase during this event, including barbecue favourites from our chefs at the Rock Garden Café.

All prices are inclusive of HST

Barbecue Menu

Mini Beef Sliders (2) $6.00

Hot Dogs $5.00

Popcorn Chicken Nuggets $5.00

Beyond Meat Burger $8.00

Veggie Sticks & Dip $3.00

Fresh Fruit Salad $3.00

Tinker Treats

Rice Crispy Fairy Wands $3.00

Cookies $3.00

Packaged Chips $2.00

Freezie Pops $2.00


Assorted hot and cold drinks $3.00

DavidsTea including "Magic Potion" (watch it change colour!)

Rock Garden Café

RBG's newest restaurant will also be open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a menu that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many picked straight from our gardens!

Reservations recommended. 905-527-1158 ext. 336.

Menu and more

Event FAQ

Have a question about RBG's Royal Quest? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Tickets >>

Tickets are available for purchase at the door, or online, though we do encourage online purchases as this both helps us better prepare for the event and provides a quicker registration process the day of.

RBG Members and those with pre-purchased general admission passes will only be required to pay a $6 per person event charge.

During the online purchasing process, you will be asked to select a day (Saturday, Sunday or Monday). Please purchase tickets for the day you are intending to attend, however should something come up and your plans change, tickets will be accepted on either date of the event.

Weather >>

The Enchanted Garden Weekend is held rain or shine and is 100% outdoors, so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather.

Directions and Parking >>

This event is held at the historic Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton. Parking is included, available in the lot across the street. This garden is located along bus routs for Burlington Transit and Hamilton Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See rbg.ca/directions for more details.

Event Length and Timing >>

The Enchanted Garden weekend is available for drop-in from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Last entry into the event is 3 p.m.

RBG's garden areas are open until 8 p.m. this weekend, so be sure to take advantage of the general admission included in your ticket price, and see them all! Find an outline of our garden areas at rbg.ca/gardensandtrails

Food >>

The Rock Garden Café will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving an eclectic menu that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Learn more and view the menu at rbg.ca/dine

Accessibility >>

The newly rejuvenated Rock Garden features some wide, paved paths that descend with a slope into the lower bowl of the garden. Some activities will take place on grassy areas. If you have any questions about accessibility at this event, please contact us at 905-527-1158.

Pets / Service Animals >>

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Enchanted Garden Weekend but must remain leashed at all times. Any pets found disrupting the event or other guests may be asked to leave.

Other Upcoming Events

Visit rbg.ca/events for more information or view the full calendar at rbg.ca/visitorevents.

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