Featured Events

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Blooms Celebrations: Lilacs

May 25 to June 2

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Arboretum

Visitors to RBG can experience one of the largest and most magnificent and diverse collections in the world as it reaches peak bloom. Join us for tours, entertainment, and more!

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Biodiversity Celebration

Saturday May 25

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

There is no better place to celebrate the diversity of life than Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada’s biodiversity hotspot. Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided tours, and much more await you on this activity-packed celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity

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Garden Clubs of Ontario Triennial Show

May 29 and 30

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; RBG Centre
Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; RBG Centre

Enjoy this beautiful floral show by the Garden Clubs of Ontario. 2019 theme: Music in Bloom.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Benefit Concert: The Jim Cuddy Band and HPO

Sunday June 2

8 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Presented by TD Bank. RBG launches its Garden Music Nights concert series with an unforgettable performance from The Jim Cuddy Band and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, outdoors in the beautiful Hendrie Park. Tickets now available!

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Blooms Celebrations Iris and Peonies

June - exact dates TBD!

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Laking Garden

Visitors to Laking Garden will be with mesmerized by brilliant colour combinations as its iris and peonies collections reach peak bloom. Join us for tours, entertainment, and more! Check back for more information.

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Escarpment Train Exhibit

June 15 and 16

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rock Garden

RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. 

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purple and white bearded iris

Blooms Celebrations: Roses

June - exact dates TBD!

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Experience the new rose garden in its second year, as these visitor-favourite blooms fill Hendrie Park with colour and fragrance. Join us for tours, entertainment, and more! Check back for more information.

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Annual Rose Society Show

June 22 and 23

Saturday: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

Experience the vibrant colours and amazing perfume of roses at the largest juried Rose Show in the area. Join the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society Annual Rose Show.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


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Bonsai Society Spring Exhibit

June 29 and 30

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Bonsai aren’t just those little plants at the garden centre – join us and experience the beauty of trees up close with 60+ bonsai in all shapes and sizes. Members of the Bonsai Society at the RBG will be on hand to answer questions and share their love of trees in miniature with this display from their private collections.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


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Garden Music Nights

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July and August

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

An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Check back for the summer lineup!

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


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The Spirits of Paradise

July 5 to 7, 12 to 14

Hendrie Valley

What if you could travel back in time? What would you see and who would you meet? Royal Botanical Gardens, in association with The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, presents The Spirits of Paradise. Directed by David Dayler, this 1.5 hour moving theatre experience will help you understand how this landscape has changed over the last two centuries through the eyes of people who have influenced its history. Check back for exact performance times and ticket information.

 Event Tickets Required


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Edible Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays, July 6 to 28, August 10 to 25

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.

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Ontario Regional Lily Show

July 6 and 7

Saturday: 1:30 to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre;
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

Experience the fragrant blooms of the Ontario Regional Lily Society's annual show. Marvel at the beautiful lily designs from amateur designers.

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The Strumbellas with Special Guests Dan Mangan, Donovan Woods & Dizzy

Saturday July 6

3 p.m.; Arboretum

Get in the summer spirit with The Strumbellas! The Strumbellas, Dan Mangan, Donavan Woods & Dizzy are set to play a one-off concert set against the outdoor splendour of The Arboretum.

This is a third-party event. Please contact event organizers for more information.

 Event Tickets Required


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Enchanted Garden Weekend

August 3 to 5

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. Check back for more information.


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Shakespeare at the Rock

August 12 to 16, 19 to 23, 26 to 30

The historic Rock Garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of inspiring theatre under the stars. Check back for more information.

 Event Tickets Required