Featured Events

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Winter Exhibit: Spiders Alive!

January 19 to April 14

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

We've invited spiders and their arthropod friends to crawl on over for a visit this winter. Explore amazing adaptations and behaviours in our interactive exhibit, and join us for daily programs for all ages. Stay tuned for program updates!

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Speaker Series: Patrick Colgan Memorial Lecture

Thursday March 21

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

Join Dr. Mark Graham, vice president of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature, who’s presentation takes a closer look at the role of taxonomy today and takes us see behind the scenes to the work of our botany experts, including their part in the historic 2017 Canada C3 research expedition.

 Pre-Registration Required

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WNED Antiques Home Show - SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 23

Do you have an antique lamp sitting in your attic collecting dust? Or perhaps you’ve always wondered if the end table you inherited from Great Aunt Myrtle is worth anything. Come on down to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the WNED | WBFO’s Antiques Home Show and get the answers you’ve been looking for!

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

 Event Tickets Required - SOLD OUT

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Jazz Brunch Concert Series

Sundays, March 3, 10, 24, April 7, 14, 28

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

Sunday Brunches never “sounded” so sweet! Enjoy a delicious brunch complemented by the tranquility of the historic Rock Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the sweet sounds of live entertainment.

 Reservations Required

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Pyjama Party

March 29, April 12

5 to 8 p.m.; RBG Centre

Put on your P.J.s and bring along your favourite critter plushie! Spiders Alive will be open late on the final Friday evening of each month and the last Friday of this special exhibit. Join us for activities, games, and everyone's favourite many-legged creatures.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Speaker Series: Human Evolution at a Crossroads

Tuesdays April 2 and 9

7 to 9 p.m.; RBG Centre

In this two-part lecture series, Kevin MacKay, professor and author of Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization, explores the existential challenges facing our industrial, capitalist society.

 Pre-Registration Required

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RBG After Dark: Spiders Alive!

Thursday April 4

7 to 10 p.m.; RBG Centre

TEQUILA. TACOS. TARANTULAS. Grab a drink, enjoy the music, and experience Spiders Alive after dark! On the first Thursday of each month, RBG's winter exhibit is transformed into a nightlife experience like no other. Join us for pub games, food and cocktails, unique programming, and special guests. Check back for tickets and more information.

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HHYPE Event Night

Thurday April 4

6 to 9 p.m.; Rock Garden

Join us for a viewing of Sea of Life, a documentary by local filmaker Julia Barnes. This event is geared toward high school students aged 13 through 18 years of age

 FREE event - registration required

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Easter Brunch

Sunday April 21

Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Celebrate Easter at RBG! Stroll through the Gardens and join us for a delicious spread. Reservations required - coming soon!

 Reservations Required

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Plant Faire

Saturday April 27

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; RBG Centre

Start off the gardening season right with our third annual Plant Faire! Shop local vendors, hear from gardening experts, and more!

 Free Admission

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Mother's Day Weekend Afternoon Tea

Saturday May 11

Seatings at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Rock Garden

Show Mom how much you care and treat her to an afternoon tea. Enjoy a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, and mini pastries. Reservations and more information coming soon!

 Reservations Required

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Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday May 12

Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; RBG Centre

Treat Mom to a day at the Gardens. Enjoy a delicious brunch and tour the spring blossoms. Reservations and more information coming soon!

 Reservations Required

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Escarpment Train Exhibit

May 18 to 20

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. 

 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

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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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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Special Garden Tour

Tuesday June 25

8:45 to 5 p.m.; Offsite tour, meet at RBG Centre

RBG's Special Garden Tour committee have organized a bus tour of residential gardens in the Cambridge/Paris area. Our lineup for this years` garden tour will feature gardens in the Paris, Cambridge and Copetown areas. Some of the highlights include a secret garden in the ruins of an old barn, an English Arts and Craft style garden, a garden that showcases over eleven different types of Japanese maples, and more that is sure to please many different tastes.


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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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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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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