This Weekend at RBG

See the events, courses, tours and activities running at RBG this weekend, all in once place!

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RBG Special Events

Canada and Ontario's 150th at RBG

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to commemorate Ontario and Canada’s 150th birthday with year-long celebrations showcasing the diversity of our beautiful province and RBG’s unique landscapes. Experience a year full of music and entertainment, cuisine, art, horticultural displays and exhibitions.

November 15

Rejuvenation of RBG's Rose Garden: Information Night

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre
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Meet the team behind our Rose Garden! We are in the middle of constructing our new Rose Garden in Hendrie Park, and we want to update you on our progress! Join us for an information talk and learn more about the story of the RBG Rose Garden and the plans for its 2017/2018 rejuvenation.

November 18 to January 7

Holiday Traditions

RBG Centre, Hendrie Park, Rock Garden
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In this, Canada's 150th year, Royal Botanical Gardens is going bigger than ever with our holiday celebrations. Join us for performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.

November 21, 23

Toddlerz 'n' Trainz

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; RBG Centre
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Trains are back at RBG! Mini-conductors can chug their way here for guided games, scavenger hunts, stories and rides on The RBG Express. Registration required.

Thursday November 30


6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; RBG Centre
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RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! We're going big this year with more breweries, more food stations, two DJ's, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs!

Open to the Public September 18

Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail

September–December; Arboretum
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The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be created in partnership with Anishinabek elders and traditional teachers.  

June to December

Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

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In 2013, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident Dan Lawrie donated the first sculpture of The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.

Centennial Rose Garden Refresh

June–October; Hendrie Park  Learn More >>

Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose Garden will allow RBG to interpret and promote Ontario’s innovation in sustainable gardening practices for visitors.

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden, OPENING SUMMER 2018.