Featured Events

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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

Saturday: 1 to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

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. Learn More

 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.


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Jazz Brunch

Sundays, Starting October 14

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rock Garden

RBG’s Summer Concert Series moves inside with the Jazz Brunches! Experience a sumptuous weekend brunch together with live jazz and the tranquility of Royal Botanical Gardens. Our diverse menu appeals to taste buds of all ages. Learn More >>

 Reservations Required


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Heritage and Archaeology Open House and Symposium

Saturday October 20

RBG Centre

You’re invited to join us for an exciting day full of history at RBG! On Saturday, October 20th, 2018 RBG will host experts from the fields of heritage and archaeology who are excited to share their knowledge of the history of our local landscapes. Learn More >>


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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. Learn More >>

 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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Fest-Of-Ales

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.