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RBG Special Garden Tour: Grimsby

Date & Time:

July 6, 2023


Grimsby, ON


Green Thumb


10 to 20 Minutes


Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

Organized by the RBG’s Volunteer Special Garden Tour committee, visit some of the beautiful gardens of the Grimsby area including the Painted Ladies of Grimsby.

  • 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Meet at RBG Centre (680 Plains Rd. W. Burlington)
  • Lunch included (4 options)

The highlights include:

  • a well-established 50-year-old garden of a longtime RBG volunteer, Lil Howarth. Lil’s garden features an array of unique trees, shrubs and many perennials, some sourced from RBG
  • a farm/homestead whose owners wanted to reconnect with the land and now grow 70% of their food
  • a group of gardens adjoining each other including one from an artist perspective, with rare and unusual plants, one featuring a waterfall and pond, and a naturalistic garden with a 120-year-old conservatory
  • a one-acre young garden whose owners are in their 2nd summer of transforming their surroundings. This garden also has a small shop with vintage and antique items for sale. And across the road is an organic farm where produce, honey and other treats can be purchased.

Our lunch venue this year is the Watering Can Flower Market a fascinating place filled with many unique plants and planting ideas. The ticket price includes lunch here.

Important Information:

  • RBG will be open prior to our departure should anyone wish to use the washrooms; (Spicer Court door programmed to open)
  • We try to stay on time and plan to be back at RBG Centre by 5p.m. however, there may be unavoidable delays;
  • Tickets are non-refundable;
  • There will be a lot of walking so we suggest wearing flat, comfortable walking shoes for your safety and to minimize garden damage;
  • Due to uneven pathways in gardens, good mobility is recommended in order to enjoy the tour;
  • Come prepared for any weather: a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, jacket, and umbrella may be needed;
  • Please bring a refillable water container;
  • In order to maintain the schedule, no pit stops are planned. (Toilet at the back of the bus for emergencies);
  • No smoking in any garden;
  • All gardeners are proud of their gardens and have worked hard preparing for our visit – please provide positive comments;
  • 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.
  • No beverages allowed on the bus with the exception of water.
  • Hendrie Park Global Garden In Bloom
  • A large yellow swallowtail butterfly feeds on the blooms of Giant Blue Hyssop plants
  • peach coloured rose
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Painted Lady Butterfly On Pink Coneflower
  • Big Kale and small orange flowers in a vegetable patch