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Reduced Hours during Winter Wonders: RBG Centre and Hendrie Park will close at 4 p.m. (final admission 3 p.m.). Timed-tickets required to access these areas for the evening Winter Wonders experience.

Plein Air in Watercolour

Date & Time:

Saturdays, August 6 & 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Hendrie Park (680 Plains Rd W)


Art in the Gardens, Courses and Programs, Get Social


2+ Hours


Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

One of RBG’s Courses & Workshops

Learn the basics of Plein Air painting using watercolour media, by joining us for a two-day course, introducing the materials, equipment, and techniques used in Plein Air painting, on the beautiful grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens. This course will cover choosing your subject matter, composing a strong image, simplifying shapes for a dynamic composition, using effective colour schemes, and an overview of techniques to create sparkling and vivid effects. If you have a solid knowledge base of watercolour basics, join us for a fun and informative weekend that can take your landscape painting to the next level.

Led by Julie Donec.

This program will be held outdoors. Rain dates: August 7 & 14

Fee: $150 + Service Fee (Members 10% off*)
Please pre-register by August 1**

Header painting by Julie Donec

Julie donec portrait

Julie Donec is a contemporary Canadian artist producing realistic portraiture and landscape images in watercolour and oil mediums.  An award-winning artist for over 20 years, she has had sold out solo exhibitions in Ontario, and group shows in the U.S. and Europe. Julie attended Emily Carr School of Art and Design, receiving a scholarship to study in Florence, Italy, inspiring her life-long interest in spiritual and allegorical imagery. She produces works for corporate and private portrait commissions and limited-edition prints. For a complete list of works, biography and portfolio, please visit Julie’s website at

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*RBG Members receive 10% off most RBG Experiences programming when using the member discount code. Learn more about where to find the code.

**Pre-Registration is required for all RBG Courses & Workshops, ideally by the date provided to allow the program organizers to best prepare. If the indicated “register by” date has passed, you may still be able to register for the program, provided there is space still available.

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RBG offers courses and workshops for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness. Visit to see this season’s full offering.