Other Permanent Art at RBG

Discover some of the lesser-known art pieces that have found their home at the Gardens throughout its rich history


sculpture with man's face made from plants

Flora Hominis

Artist: Brandon Vickerd

2018; Rock Garden - Dalglish Family Courtyard

Flora Hominis was created as a memorial to Thomas Baker McQuesten, RBG’s founder. It is not a portrait but rather a large bronze representation of the figure of a man in a three piece suit who’s features are composed of plant material. The piece is intended to spark conversations about the relationships between people, plants, and place, which are central to RBG’s mission. Flora Hominis was donated to RBG by the Dalglish family. Learn more about this project at rbg.ca/mcquesten-project.


mural with blown-up illustrations from botanical catalogues on a blue brick wall

For the Spring of 1883

Artist: Lisa Pijuan-Nomura and Dave Kuruc

2018; Hendrie Park - Tunnel

These beautiful images are from an archive of 30,000 nursery and seed catalogues at Royal Botanical Gardens, a unique window into Canadian gardens of the past. Spanning 1837 to the present, it is Canada's largest nursery catalogue collection. Horticultural researchers and landscape designers use it to find when and where new flowers and food plants were introduced into Canada's gardens and landscapes. Artists use it as a source of stunning illustrations like these. These catalogues were never meant to last. Now carefully preserved, they tell unique and rich stories of the growth of horticulture in Canada.


large cube made of smaller cubes of wood alongside a trail

Glass and Steel Donor Features

Artist: Alex Anagnostou

2010; RBG Centre - Aldershot Escarpment Garden

Toronto-based glass artist Alex Anagnostou created two works for the Aldershot Escarpment Garden, installed in 2010. These include a large glass and steel donor wall in the shape of a map of the Niagara Escarpment, and a glass monolith dedicating the garden to the Deluca family and recognizing their leadership in supporting the garden.


sculpture of woman with horn

The Rider

Artist: Almuth Lütkenhaus

1997; RBG Centre - Spicer Court

Lütkenhaus (also known as Almuth Lütkenhaus-Lackey) was a German sculptor who moved to Hamilton in 1966. Her sculpture The Rider was donated to RBG in 1997 by Cambridge Shopping Centres. Her most famous piece in Canada is Crucified Woman, a representation of Christ as a woman, which stands on the grounds of Emmanuel College in Toronto.


sculpture of donkey carrying load of wood

Work Ethic

Artist: Marijan Kocković

1979; Rock Garden - Parking Lot

Popularly known as The Donkey, Work Ethic 1979 is on loan from AGH. It is considered an important work by Croatian artist Marijan Kocković, who served as a ship’s captain during World War II with both American and British forces and had a 45 year career as an artist. As a sculptor he was referred to as “Marijan of Dubrovnik” and created important portraits of many leading individuals including John F. Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.


tall organic structure in centre of pond made of large sticks of wood with woven birds nests throughout

Girl With Dove

Artist: Elizabeth Bradford

1920's; Rock Garden - Water Feature

The R. Owen Merriman Memorial; Owen Merriman was one of the founders of the Hamilton Bird Protection Society, which lobbied for the protection of Cootes Paradise Marsh and the creation of Royal Botanical Gardens in the 1920s. Merriman died in 1936 and his family commissioned Holbrook to create a memorial. The Hamilton Bird Protection Society evolved into the Hamilton Naturalists Club, which will be celebrating its centenary in 2019.


Art in the Gardens

Art brings beauty into our gardens, adds a human element, tells a story, and creates dialogue. Discover the abundance of art installations that grace our garden setting.

small bronze sculpture of a rabbit in Veggie Village

Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

In 2013 Dan Lawrie, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident, made a 10-year commitment to donating sculpture to Royal Botanical Gardens, creating The International Sculpture Collection.

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two wooden sculptures representing large round heads

Earth Art

Earth Art installations can be found throughout RBG’s landscape. Also known as ephemeral art, this exciting genre of art has emerged from the contemporary world’s growing environmental consciousness.

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bronze sculpture of man with a head that appears to be made of plant material

Hours and Admission

We dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education to connect people, plants and place for the purpose of nurturing and preserving healthy growing life on our planet.

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