Featured Events

RBG Speaker Series

RBG Speaker Series: Nikki Jabour

Friday May 4

7 p.m.; RBG Centre

Expanding beyond standard garden crops like tomatoes, spinach, and string beans can be intimidating for some vegetable gardeners. Join bestselling author, Niki Jabbour, to shake up your garden and discover unexpected flavours and textures in husk cherries, amaranth greens and yard-long beans (to name a few). Learn More >>

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Jazz Brunches

Select Sundays*

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rock Garden

RBG’s Summer Concert Series moves inside with the Jazz Brunches! Experience a sumptuous weekend brunch together with live jazz and the tranquility of Royal Botanical Gardens. *Next dates: April 29, May 6, 20, 27. Reservations Required. Learn More >>

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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Saturday May 12

4 p.m.; Rock Garden

Show Mom how much you care and treat her to afternoon tea. Enjoy a variety of tea sandwiches, scones and mini pastries. SOLD OUT. Learn More >>

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Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday May 13

Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; RBG Centre

Treat Mom to a day at the Gardens. Enjoy a delicious brunch and tour the spring blooms. Reservations required. SOLD OUTLearn More >>

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Blooms Festivals

Weekends, May to July

Colour comes alive at RBG ! Join us each weekend for tours of our signature collections as they bloom along with activities and entertainment for all ages.

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Biodiversity Celebration

Saturday May 26

There is no better place to celebrate the diversity of life than Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada’s biodiversity hotspot. Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Learn More >>

Matt Dusk Sings Sinatra

Benefit Concert: Matt Dusk

Sunday June 3

7:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Pure enjoyment and excitement! Join Matt Dusk, four-time Juno nominated, multi-platinum album selling artist, in support of RBG. Matt and his band are world class, and will have you dancing, clapping and tapping your toes with a mix of Sinatra-era classics and his own repertoire of hits. Learn More >>

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Garden Music Nights

Wednesdays, June 13 to September 5
Tuesdays, June 26 to August 14

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Enjoy a cold drink and BBQ and get set for some award-winning jazz, blues, country and roots musicians in our lovely garden setting.

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Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz

June 22 and 23

The lands and waters of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System are a Canadian biodiversity hotspot. We need your help to inventory what lives here. Join Canadians in this national initiative and put our area on the map. Become a citizen scientist and learn from our experts as we blitz these properties around the clock! Learn More >>

Rejuvenated Rose Garden

Opening Weekend: June 23

Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose Garden will allow RBG to interpret and promote Ontario’s innovation in sustainable gardening practices for visitors.

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden, OPENING SUMMER 2018. Learn More >>

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Annual Rose Show

June 23 and 24

Experience the vibrant colours and amazing perfume of roses at the largest juried Rose Show in the area. Join the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society Annual Rose Show. This year the show features an exhibition of cut roses and garden design.

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Lily Show

July 14 and 15

Experience the fragrant blooms of the Ontario Regional Lily Society's annual show. Marvel at the beautiful lily designs from amateur designers. Stems available for purchase following the show.

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The Enchanted Garden

August 4 to 6

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. Meet mystical creatures, participate in delightful activities, and learn the secrets of our Enchanted Garden.

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Ikenobo Ikebana Show

September 22 and 23

Admire this delicate floral art with the Ikenobo Ikebana Society's annual show! Ikebana (Japanese floral art form) originated with Ikenobo over 500 years ago, beginning in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. Passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher-to student, the teaching of Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world.

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Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Show

September 29 and 30

The annual show put forward by the Hamilton and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society will be open to the public September 29 and 30. Blooms will be available for purchase after the show.


The Great Pumpkin Trail

October 25 and 26

It’s a magical evening on the Pumpkin Trail! Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along our garden and South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games.

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Tea Festival

November 3 and 4

Warm up with a hot cup of tea and sample different varieties from around the world. From green to rooibos, oolong to herbal and everything in between, learn all about your favourite types of tea with educational presentations.

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December 6

RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! Back for another year with a festive night of craft breweries, delicious food, great music, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs!

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Holiday Traditions

November 17 to January 6

Join us for performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.