January 21 to April 17

The Big Freeze

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Don’t miss this winter’s coolest exhibit!

20,000 years ago, mammoths, mastadons, camels, giant sloths, short-faced bears, scimitar cats, and lions thrived on the open grasslands of the Yukon. It was the cold peak of the last glacial phase of the ice age.

The Big Freeze brings the ice age story home to RBG, with a display of mammoth/mastodon remains that have been recovered in the local area, and artwork that provides a glimpse into the formation of the landscapes of RBG and the environment we see today.

February 19, March 5, 26, April 9

Jazz Brunches at The Rock

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM; Rock Garden Café - Learn More >>

Enjoy a delicious brunch complemented by the tranquility of our historic Rock Garden and the sweet sounds of live jazz. Afterwards, head over to RBG Centre and experience our latest winter exhibit, The Big Freeze.

 Reservations Required.

February 16

Natural Lands Open House

6:30 to 9 PM; RBG Centre - Learn More >>

Learn about the progress made in the restoration of RBG’s natural lands in 2016.

February 25 and 26

Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale

Saturday, February 25; Noon to 5 PM and Sunday, February 26; 10 AM to 5 PM; (Photographers: Sunday 8 AM to 10 AM); RBG Centre - Learn More >>

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.

March 16, June 21, November 9;

Speaker Series

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to offer lectures featuring outstanding individuals in their professions. The 2017 Speaker Series features informative lectures exploring Ontario’s history and connections to our natural world, as part of our celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation for Canada and Ontario.

April 16

Easter Brunch

Seatings at 10 AM and 1 PM; RBG Centre - Learn More >>

Celebrate Easter at RBG! Stroll through the Gardens and join us for a delicious spread.


Reservations required. Check back soon for online registration.

April 29

Plant Faire

10 AM to 3 PM; Rock Garden Parking Lot and Visitor Centre - Learn More >>

RBG is proud to present its first annual Plant Faire, a great way to get a head start on the gardening season, find unique plants for your home garden, and speak to passionate gardening professionals.

April 29

Education 70th Anniversary Open House

10 AM to 3 PM; RBG Centre - Learn More >>

In 1947, our education programming started with a few hundred participants taking part in lectures, films, a tree ID workshop, and a children’s gardening program. Fast forward to this past year, and 120,000 people who participated in the vast array of programming we offer for people of all ages. Come and sample our program offering, and celebrate 70 years of bringing people, plants and nature together!

May 13

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

4 PM; Rock Garden Café, Rock Garden - Learn More >>

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


Reservations required. Check back soon for online registration.

May 14

Mother’s Day Brunch

Seating at 10 AM and 1 PM; RBG Centre - Learn More >>

Treat Mom to a day at the Gardens. Enjoy a delicious brunch and tour the spring blooms.


Reservations required. Check back soon for online registration.

May 20 to August 20

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks

Hendrie Park - Learn More >>

If you love LEGO, you’ll love Nature Connects. Created with over 300,000 LEGO pieces, this exhibition features 14 sculptures by New York artist, Sean Kenney. Building with LEGO bricks is about balance and connections, much like the biodiversity of Royal Botanical Gardens.





The Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

Hendrie Park | Learn More >>

In 2013 Dan Lawrie, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident, made a 10-year commitment to donating sculpture to Royal Botanical Gardens which has created The International Sculpture Collection.

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