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Dining Al Fresco – SOLD OUT

Special Event

Date & Time:

August 16, 2023, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hendrie Park (680 Plains Rd W)


Evenings, Food and Drink, Get Social, Special Event


2+ Hours


Ticketed Event

Event Description

Dining Al Fresco: A Celebration of the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

Join us for an intimate outdoor dining experience and celebrate new additions to the Dan Lawrie Sculpture Collection. The evening will include an exceptional three course meal prepared by RBG’s executive Chef David Favretto, wine pairings from Peller Estates, guest speaker and sculpture tours.

  • reflecting pond at the centre of the Rose Garden
  • three adults enjoying a glass of white wine while sitting at an outdoor table
  • Garden interpreter leading a tour for a small crowd, showcasing the sculpture
  • guests enjoying dinner at a long outdoor table
  • voluminous pink hybrid tea rose

Sculpture credits: Header image: Bloodroot, Karl Unnasch. 2: School of Fish, Kakkee Negeoseak. 3: Rejoicing Family, Taurai Mutigwa


Member Pre-Sale: Wednesday July 26
Public Sale: Friday July 28

Ticket Type Price
(This is a 19+ event)
(+ HST and $1 service fee)
  • Deadline for purchase is August 11
  • This is a 19+ event.
  • This event requires a specific event ticket (not included in Garden Admission or Membership)
  • Garden admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket holder.


VG = Vegetarian | V = Vegan | GF = Gluten Free
*Please let your server know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Includes wine pairings.


  • Seared Tuna w/ wakame, ginger aioli, sesame (GF)
  • Beet Tartare w/ whipped mascarpone, lavender honey, candied walnut, endive (V/GF)
  • Lamb Lollie w/ mint sauce, harissa yogurt


  • Vichyssoise (Veg/GF, V option)


  • Rainbow Trout w/ wild rice salad, sweet pea puree, lemon beurre blanc (GF)
  • Butternut Tenderloin w/ wild rice salad, lemon beet puree, sherry glaze (V)


  • Cherry Peach Charlotte (V)
    (GF option served over house made sorbet)

Note: Due to the nature of the event and integrity of the dishes there are no substitutions, and we may not be able to accommodate some dietary restrictions.


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

Frequently Asked Questions


Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event.

You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking.

The final date for registration is August 11.

What's Included

Tickets include exclusive access to the garden for the evening, pass appetizers, a 3 course dinner with wine pairings, a sculpture tour, and remarks from RBG’s CEO.

19+ Event

Event attendees must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please ensure you have a government-issued ID on your person during the event; anyone who does not present a valid ID upon request will be asked to leave.


This event is held rain or shine and is 100% outdoors, come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel a day due to inclement weather. If the event date is cancelled due to weather, a refund will be provided.


Seating will be assigned. Please expect to sit with other diners.

Directions & Parking

This event is held at Hendrie Park, located at 680 Plains Road W., Burlington ON. Parking is included in the ticket price, and available in the designated lot across the street at RBG Centre. Please enter through the main doors of RBG Centre where a tunnel is available under Plains Road to Hendrie Park.

Hendrie Park is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See Directions & Parking for more details.


All garden paths indicated on the map within the app are either paved, made of finely packed gravel, or over short stretches of grass. If accessing with a wheelchair / walker / stroller, an outdoor model is suggested. Some benches will be available for those who require them.

Accessible parking spaces are available outside RBG Centre. Visitors access the garden through RBG Centre, descending through the Atrium via stairs or an elevator.

If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or use the online form.


Washrooms are available just outside the Turner Pavilion Teahouse, and in RBG Centre on the lowest floor of the Atrium (at the base of the stairs, before you go through the tunnel into Hendrie Park.

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special exhibitions are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the exhibition.

COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities: Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, guests are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies. By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the exhibition with you.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this tour on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.