Featured Events

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Winter Exhibit: Spiders Alive!

January 19 to April 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

We've invited spiders and their arthropod friends to crawl on over for a visit this winter. Explore amazing adaptations and behaviours in our interactive exhibit, and join us for daily programs for all ages. Stay tuned for program updates!

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Pyjama Party

January 25, February 22, March 29, April 12

5 to 8 p.m.; RBG Centre

Put on your P.J.s and bring along your favourite critter plushie! Spiders Alive will be open late on the final Friday evening of each month and the last Friday of this special exhibit. Join us for activities, games, and everyone's favourite many-legged creatures.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


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WNED-TV Kid Fest

Saturday February 2

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; RBG Centre

Children and parents can enjoy a fun-filled family day filled with meet-and-greets with beloved PBS KIDS characters, as well as an assortment of activities, prizes, and more. Various organizations from around the community participate -- presenting live performances, crafts, and giveaways for those who attend.

This is a third-party event. Please contact event organizers for more information.

 Event Tickets Required

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RBG After Dark: Spiders Alive!

February 7, March 7, April 4

7 to 10 p.m.; RBG Centre

TEQUILA. TACOS. TARANTULAS. Grab a drink, enjoy the music, and experience Spiders Alive after dark! On the first Thursday of each month, RBG's winter exhibit is transformed into a nightlife experience like no other. Join us for pub games, food and cocktails, unique programming, and special guests. Check back for tickets and more information.

 Event Tickets Required

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Arctic Arboretum Challenge

Sunday February 10

The Arboretum will be transformed into a full-day family experience aimed to get your heart pumping. Two timed admission sessions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will attract up to 1,000 visitors from across Hamilton & Burlington to a new winter tradition.

This is a third-party event. Please contact event organizers for more information.

 Event Tickets Required

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38th Annual Spring Orchid Show and Sale

February 23 and 24

Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

The Annual Show showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids. Judged by the American Orchid Society, it features orchid displays by societies and growers from across Canada and the USA. There are also exhibits of flower arrangements, painting, photographs and plant sales.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Speaker Series

Friday March 8

Annie White, PhD, a landscape designer, educator and longtime pollinator advocate, shares her tales from the trenches as she continues to navigate the challenges and rewards of landscaping for pollinators and people alike. Register for the practical workshop in the morning, or the evening lecture.

 Pre-Registration Required

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WNED Antiques Home Show

Saturday, March 23

Do you have an antique lamp sitting in your attic collecting dust? Or perhaps you’ve always wondered if the end table you inherited from Great Aunt Myrtle is worth anything. Come on down to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the WNED | WBFO’s Antiques Home Show and get the answers you’ve been looking for!

This is a third-party event. Please contact event organizers for more information.

 Event Tickets Required

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Plant Faire

Saturday April 27

Start off the gardening season right with our third annual Plant Faire! Shop local vendors, hear from gardening experts, and more! Check back for details.