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Dining Al Fresco: Peonies in Bloom – SOLD OUT

Special Event

Date & Time:

June 8, 2024, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:

Laking Garden (1221 Spring Gardens Rd.)

Types:

Evenings, Food and Drink, Get Social, Special Event

Length:

2+ Hours

Admission:

Ticketed Event

Event Description

Dining Al Fresco: Peonies in Bloom

RBG invites you to indulge your senses at RBG’s Dining Al Fresco dinner during Peonies in Full Bloom. Immerse yourself in a multi-course culinary journey curated by Royal Botanical Gardens Chef David Favretto, where delectable culinary offerings and sensational wine pairings await. Live music will serenade you as you savor each bite and sip, adding a delightful melody to this exclusive experience amidst the blooming peonies.

From the delicate flavors to the vibrant colors and textures, each dish creatively showcases the beauty of these majestic blooms, transforming them into culinary art forms

  • soup being served to a guest at the Rose Garden dinner event
  • peonies beginning to bloom at Laking Garden with the upper terrace lookout structure in the background
  • musician playing the violin in a garden setting
  • peller wines displayed in a row along the top of the bar
  • Peony collection in bloom in front of the Laking Garden gazebo
  • long community table deorated with roses, greenery, and lanterns.

Tickets

This event SOLD OUT quickly during the member pre-sale; thank you for your interest! Join the waitlist below, and save the date for the next in the series: Roses in Bloom on July 5!

Ticket Type Price
Adult
(This is a 19+ event)
$100
(+ HST and $1 service fee)
  • 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.

Menu

Dinner will include a 4-course meal with wine paring by RBG’s Chef Dave Favretto and Peller Estates Winery.

VG = Vegetarian | V = Vegan | GF = Gluten Free
*Please indicate at time of registration if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Includes wine pairings.

Welcome

Savoury Peony & Pink Peppercorn Macron w/ Peony Gin Cocktail

Cocktail: Gin, peony syrup, lemon juice, soda water, rimmed with smoked sugar and peony dust

GF, VO (contains nuts and dairy)

First

Chilled Minted Pea soup w/ peony foam, fresh peas, pickled cucumber, edible garden

Chilled fresh pea soup flovoured with mint, topped with a set peony foam and garnished with fresh peas and edible flowers and herbs from our garden.

Veg, VO, NF, GF (contains dairy)

Second

Golden Beet and pickled Rhubarb salad w/ whipped mascarpone, peony pesto

Slow roasted golden beets, tossed in a light champagne vinaigrette combine with sweet and sour pickled rhubarb, creamy mascarpone cheese, walnuts and drizzled with a peony and herb pesto

Veg, VO, GF. Contains nut (removable) and dairy

Third

Rainbow Trout w/ peony dashi, braised leeks, duck confit potatoes, pickled peony capers

This dish is inspired by the laking garden and surrounding mashlands, to resemble a pond. Sear trout filet rest on top of duck confit potatoes and braised leeks popping out of a floral broth garnished with nasturtium.

Vegan Option: Ahi Watermelon w braised leeks, fingerling potatoes, peony dashi, pickled peony capers.

GF, DF, NF, contains soy

Fourth

Coconut peony panna cotta w/ ginger crumble, compressed strawberries

V, GF, contains nuts (removeable)

Note: RBG will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, however due to the nature of this event, not all restrictions and allergies may be accommodated.

About the Peony Collection

One of RBG’s earliest signature collections, the Peony Collection began at Laking Garden in 1949.

RBG’s collection offers a unique history of peonies, displaying a range of cultivars and hybridizer introductions from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. As a result, it is now one of the most diverse and unique peony collections in North America.

magenta peony

Coming Up Next…

Dining Al Fresco: Roses in Bloom

Friday July 5

Save the date; details and tickets coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets

Pre-registration is required for this special event, tickets are limited. Deadline for registration is June 4, 2024. 

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.

  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.
  • By purchasing the ticket guests agree to the rain contingency dates as alternate dates to the original should the event be impeded by inclement weather. Alternative Rain Date Number 1 – June 9, 2024; Alternate Rain Date Number 2 – June 15, 2024. All other event details will remain the same.  
  • Tickets can be transferred to someone else. Please contact us at info@rbg.ca with the new guest’s information at least 24 hours prior to the event, or tell the guests using your reservation to give your name at arrival. Transferring funds for your tickets is your responsibility.  
  • Seats will be assigned ahead of time; ticket purchaser will identify each attendee’s name at the time of booking. Failure to do so will result in the use of the generic place holder “Guest of <insert name>” 
  • RBG will do their best to keep parties together. At the table, however due to the nature of the event there are often cases that ticket holder groups will sit with or near other guests.  

What's Included

Tickets include exclusive access to Laking Garden for the evening, live instrumental music, a welcome cocktail or mocktail, amuse-bouche, and a 4-course dinner and wine pairing.

Schedule

Approximate timeline of the evening:

5 p.m. – Doors will open at 5 p.m. to welcome guests into Laking Garden. Guests are invited to amuse-bouche and a welcome cocktail or mocktail while leisurely strolling through the garden.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Seated 4-course dinner complete with pairing by Peller Estates. Live instrumental dinner playing throughout the meal.

8:30 to 9 p.m. – Guests will enjoy dessert and begin to depart a now illuminated garden.​

Seating

Tables and chairs will be set up on turf terrain. Guests will be provided outdoor garden chairs for seating.

Seating will be pre-assigned, and RBG will make every effort to keep parties together. Due to the nature of the table arrangement, there are often cases that ticket holder groups will sit with or near other guests.  

Weather

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for one of the following rain dates: June 9 OR June 15.

Refunds will not be issued in case of a reschedule to one of these dates. Should you be unable to attend a rain date, you may transfer your tickets to a friend or family member.

Dietary Restrictions

Upon registration, please indicate any dietary restrictions or if you will be partaking in an alcohol free evening. Please include the names (first and last) of each guest. For specific inquiries, get in touch at rbg.ca/specialevents 

RBG does our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, however due to the nature f this event, not all restrictions and allergies may be accommodated. Royal Botanical Gardens Cannot be held responsible for any dietary restrictions that guests may have and cannot guarantee traces of such food are not present at the time of preparation.

Directions & Parking

This event is held at Laking Garden, 1221 Spring Garden Road in Burlington, Ontario. 

Parking available in the upper parking lot (off Plains Rd. W.) or in the lower lot (Spring Gardens Rd.). Please note that the upper parking lot requires walking across a bridge that crosses over train tracks and descending down a winding ramp. The lower lot is situated just outside the entrance to Laking Garden.

Before departing, have a close look at a map of the area to familiarize yourself with your parking options.

Laking Garden is not currently accessible by public transit. Bike racks are available on site. 

Accessibility

Laking Garden has three terraced levels. The pre-dinner area is located on the middle terrace area and the dinner will take place near the peony collection on the lower terrace. This is an open grass area.

If accessing with a wheelchair or walker, an outdoor model is suggested.

The primary path to the lower two terraces includes two sets of stairs with railings. An alternative, sloped path is available alongside the South-West border of the garden, though this slope may prove too steep for some patrons.

Accessible parking spaces are available in the Lower Parking Lot. 

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

Washroom facilities are located near the entrance to the garden.

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal pets are not permitted at this event.

Filming/Photography Release

Guests are welcome to capture the moment with photos or video. When sharing your experience, be sure to tag @rbgcanada on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or X (Twitter).

Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken by Royal Botanical Gardens staff at this event 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.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events 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 event.

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.

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.