Featured Events

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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

Marshland and island in Cootes Paradise

The Spirits of Paradise

Fridays to Sundays, July 20 to 29

5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Arboretum

Explore the rich history of Cootes Paradise on a 1.5 hour moving theatre experience that unfolds along its shore. See how this landscape has changed over the last two centuries through the eyes of people who influenced its history for better or worse. Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

bowls with plants and dyed balls of yarn

Plants to Dye With

Sunday July 22

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Find out how we harness nature's palette and turn flowers, fruit, and foliage into dyes, with the help of the Burlington Hand Weavers and Spinners. Enjoy dyeing, weaving demonstrations and activities. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Rejuvenated Rose Garden

New Garden Now Open!

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 are proud to present this new garden. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

hot peppers on a plant

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

child meeting a fairy

The Enchanted Garden Weekend

August 4 to 6

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. Meet mystical creatures, participate in delightful activities, and learn the secrets of our Enchanted Garden. Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

actor on outdoor stage in front of crowd

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

Japanese floral display

Ikenobo Ikebana Show

September 22 and 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.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Chrysanthemum floral display

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

trail boarwalk through the marsh in the fall

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


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

child pouring tea

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

Santa with visitors holding beer glasses


December 6

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!

 Tickets Required

Child wearing Santa Claus hat on ride-able train

Holiday Traditions

November 17 to January 6

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