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Iconic Plant Tours: Iris and Peonies of Laking Garden

Date & Time:

June 1, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Laking Garden (1221 Spring Gardens Rd.)


Courses and Programs, Green Thumb


1 to 2 Hours


Pre-Registration Required

Event Description

RBG’s Iconic Plant Tour series explores the fascinating world of plants from RBG’s curated collections. From the why to the how to the who, you’ll be joined by our expert staff who’ll discuss the history, horticulture, and unique stories of plants.

  • Fee: $26 + $1 Service Fee & HST (Members 10% off)
  • Registration Closes: May 31, 11 a.m.

With stunning backdrops and a rainbow of colour, Laking Garden in spring is one not to be missed! Displayed are over nine hundred variations of Iris in the garden, along with other beautiful perennials such as Peonies, Lupine, Allium, Icelandic Poppies, and Delphinium to name a few. Join Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, as he shares his passion for plants, on a walk and talk through this award-winning collection of plants. Learn about the blooms that put on their best show at this time of year, their unique forms and beauty, and what to look out for in the coming months. Meet at the entrance to Laking Garden.

Rain date: Thursday June 8, 2023; 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Tour registration includes admission to the gardens. Proof of purchase and RBG parking pass required for entry. If you require a parking pass please contact

magenta peony
RBG - Alex Henderson - headshot

About Alex Henderson
Curator of Living Collections

Instructor Bio

Alex Henderson has studied horticulture and museological studies in his native UK, Curatorial Practices for Botanic Gardens in the US and the Life and Science of Linnaeus through the Department of Molecular Evolution, University of Uppsala, Sweden.  

He worked in the School of Horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, teaching and training students for the Kew Diploma in Horticulture and International Internship of Practical Horticultural Experience. He also assisted in delivering Kew’s Botanic Garden Management Course and was involved with the Kew Mutual Improvement Society founded in 1871 by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker to encourage the discussion of new and cutting-edge ideas in the world of horticulture.  

In 2006 Alex moved to Canada to become Curator of Living Collections at Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario. RBG is Canada’s largest botanical garden, part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere reserve and is Canada’s National Focal Point for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. RBG is also one of Canada’s plant biodiversity hot spots. In his role as Curator of Living Collections Alex is part of the Horticultural Management Team responsible for curating, developing managing and maintaining RBG’s plant collections and cultivated landscapes. 

Alex is an active figure in the American Public Gardens Association having been a past Vice Chair and Community Chair of the Plant Collections Community Leadership team and in addition has presented and moderated sessions at symposia and annual American Public Gardens Association conferences. He also serves on various horticultural advisory panels locally in Ontario, has authored several chapters for books, articles for magazines and is a regular garden expert for CBC’s Ontario Today. 

  • Large Pink Peony With Open Centre
  • Laking Garden Iris Beds In Bloom With Gazebo
  • Light purple iris with soft white and yellow tones throughout the petals
  • Bed Of Multi Coloured Iris

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