Featured Events

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Arts Week

August 20 to 27

Join us for a week inspired by creativity, innovation and natural landscapes! With Arts Week at RBG we’re celebrating an inspiring blend of arts, cultural events and the breathtaking landscapes of Royal Botanical Gardens. Learn More >>

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Shakespeare at the Rock

August 13 to 17, 20 to 24, 27 to 31

The historic Rock Garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of inspiring theatre under the stars. Don’t miss out on this highly physical and creative variation presented by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre. Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

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Garden Music Nights

Wednesdays, June 13 to September 5
Tuesdays, June 26 to August 14

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Join us for Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues Wednesdays and Country and Roots Tuesdays! An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Get set for some award-winning jazz, blues, country and roots musicians in our lovely garden setting. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Sculpture Social

Thursday August 24

As we celebrate Arts Week at Royal Botanical Gardens, join us for the unveiling of our newest additions to The Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection.Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

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Edible Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays, July 8 to August 27

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Visit our Discovery Cart in Veggie Village to learn more about tasty plants that are easy to grow and use in a wide variety of dishes. RBG’s Greenhouse Café presents cooking demonstrations on Sunday afternoons, while recipes are available at the Discovery Cart all weekend. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Wetlands Discovery Day

Saturday, September 15

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Explore the Grindstone Marshes, participate in family-friendly activities and tours, and have a close encounter with some wetland wildlife. In partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Ikenobo Ikebana Show

Sunday September 23

Admire this delicate floral art with the Ikenobo Ikebana Society's annual show! Ikebana (Japanese floral art form) originated with Ikenobo over 500 years ago, beginning in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. Passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher-to student, the teaching of Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world.

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Speaker Series: Dr. Nancy Turner

Friday September 28

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

TOPIC: Learning, Sharing and Adapting: Indigenous People's Knowledge and Use of Plants. Plants have supported Indigenous people's survival and well-being for over 13,000 years, providing them with necessary food, materials, medicines and ceremonial items. How did people acquire the rich knowledge about their environments, including plants, algae and fungi? How did they6 pass on and adapt their knowledge, practices, and beliefs? Join Dr. Nancy Turner, author and emeritus professor of ethnobotany at University of Victoria, to explore the answers and more. Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

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Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Show

September 29 and 30

The annual show put forward by the Hamilton and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society will be open to the public September 29 and 30. Blooms will be available for purchase after the show.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Symposium of the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens

Wednesday October 3

The symposium offers an excellent opportunity for restoration practitioners and researchers from across the globe to discuss how we can deliver effective and innovative ecological restoration, particularly in urban areas. Learn More >>

 Registration Required

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Speaker Series: Grant Linney

Thursday October 11

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

TOPIC: Climate Change: Poles Apart and In-Between. In February 2017, Grant Linney was part of a nine-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. Later that same year, Grant was a staff member for an 18-day Students on Ice Arctic expedition which began in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, travelled east through the Northwest Passage and then explored the west coast of Greenland. In this presentation, Grant shares impressions of these experiences as well as his resulting perceptions of global climate change. Learn More >>

 Member Appreciation Event. Registration Required.


The Great Pumpkin Trail

October 25 and 26

It’s a magical evening on the Pumpkin Trail! Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along our garden and South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games. Check back for tickets and more information.

 Tickets Required

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Tea Festival

November 3 and 4

Warm up with a hot cup of tea and sample different varieties from around the world. From green to rooibos, oolong to herbal and everything in between, learn all about your favourite types of tea with educational presentations. Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

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December 6 and 7

RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! Back for another year with a festive night of craft breweries, delicious food, great music, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs! Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

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Holiday Traditions

November 17 to January 6

Join us for performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.