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Laking Garden reduced hours Saturday June 15: Laking Garden will be closing at 2 p.m. for a special event. Hendrie Park / Rock Garden remain fully open until 8 p.m.

Floral Display: Celebrating Summer Games

Accessible Event

Date & Time:

Jun 7 to Sept 2


Multiple Gardens


Drop In, Family-Friendly


At Your Leisure


Included with General Admission, Included with Membership

Event Description

In celebration of summer games, RBG has created a series of botanical installations that can be found across our properties. These displays celebrate the spirit of the games and the values of athleticism through innovative and creative garden designs.”

Canoe placed within a garden bed at Rock Garden

RBG Centre / Hendrie Park

Theme: A Day in the Life of an Athlete. Explore the gardens to find botanical sculptures commemorating the Summer Games.

680 Plains Rd. W. Burlington

1: The French Garden

Step into Hinton Court to experience a beautiful Frenchstyle garden, inspired by the Summer Games being hosted in France. Known as Jardin à la Française, this garden showcases symmetrical designs and geometric shapes, mirroring the precision and intricacy of athletic performance on the world stage.

2: Biomechanics of Movement

Explore the Biomechanics of Movement in Oak Allee, where we delve into the mechanics of athletes’ strength and agility. Lever concepts illustrate how athletes convert energy efficiently to excel, exerting muscle effort to resist or initiate movement against external forces, mastering this physical and mental feat to perform at their peak.

3: Hierarchy of Nature

At RBG Centre’s Hierarchy of Nature installation, explore the link between athletes and nature. Athletes seek bronze, silver, and gold; our horticulturists pursue excellence through integrity, strength, and creativity. Both find inspiration in nature’s resilience and adaptability, striving to achieve new heights.

4: Eat Like an Athlete

Explore the world of athlete nutrition in Veggie Village. Within the vibrant gardens, witness a tennis player training amidst Drop Shot Magnolias and Super Olympia White Begonias, symbolizing the energy and dedication athletes pour into their craft. Discover smoothie-themed beds designed to fuel performance, highlighting the importance of proper nutrition in achieving athletic success.

  • Smoothie 1: Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum), bananas (Musca sp.), pineapples (Ananas colossus), spinach (Spinacia oleracea), and sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus)
  • Smoothie 2: strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa), bananas (Musca sp.), lime basil (Ocimum americanum), and flax seeds (Limum perenne)
  • Smoothie 3: Kale (Brassica oleracea), cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), apples (Malus), ginger (Zingiber officinale), and flax seeds (Limum perenne)


Rock Garden

Theme: Diversity and Dedication to the Sport. Take a walk through Rock Garden and experience our botanical displays that embody the values athletes exemplify on their journey to the Summer Games.

1185 York Blvd. Hamilton

1: Rapids of Dedication

You’re an athlete in Papua New Guinea, navigating the river in your canoe, training for the Summer Games. The river’s twists and turns symbolize the diverse challenges you and fellow athletes encounter on your journey to success. Amidst a forest of bananas, you’re mesmerized by a stunning outcrop of New Guinea impatiens—a reminder of the milestones achieved along your athletic journey through dedication and commitment.

2: Podium of Achievement

This design is a symbolic representation of a podium, where the chosen colours reflect the unwavering dedication and commitment required to achieve one’s goals while proudly representing their country.

3: Rings of Unity

Inspired by the iconic golden rings of the Summer Games, this bed showcases the vibrancy of yellow marigolds and a diverse selection of annuals. Together, they form a harmonious blend, representing unity among athletes from diverse backgrounds.

Laking Garden

Theme: the Spirit of the Sport. As you overlook and wander through Laking Garden, let the calming colors, soothing scents, and gentle movements guide you into a state of relaxation and mindfulness.

1221 Spring Gardens Road, Burlington

Note: Laking Garden is open to RBG members only from July 1 to August 30. Become a member at

1: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present and bodily sensations. Through this emphasis on presence, focus, and connection with one’s body and surroundings, mindfulness embodies the spirit of sport. As part of their preparation and sports training, athletes integrate mindfulness practices, immersing themselves fully in the moment, attuned to every movement, breath, and sensation. This state of mindfulness not only enhances their physical abilities but also fosters mental clarity, resilience, and a profound sense of well-being. Just as in sport, cultivating mindfulness in everyday life encourages a harmonious balance between mind and body, helping individuals to navigate challenges with
grace and intentionality.

Plan Your Visit

Royal Botanical Gardens is Canada’s largest, with over 2,400 acres of gardens and nature sanctuary that spans Hamilton and Burlington Ontario. Garden Admission applies for access to Hendrie ParkRBG CentreLaking Garden, and Rock Garden.