Plant Faire

Saturday April 27 2019, 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!

two women looking through a tray of available plant for purchase

RBG is proud to present its second annual Plant Faire, a great way to get a head start on the gardening season, find unique plants for your home garden, and speak to passionate gardening professionals.

  • Vendors featuring unique seeds, specialty plants and native plants RBG ROYALSELECT™ plants
  • Educational presentations on the hour and half-hour
  • Displays by plant societies and horticultural groups
  • Expert information about gardening and plants
  • Food and drink

 Free Admission - donations welcome

Parking: Parking is available at RBG Centre, though this lot is undergoing some construction. Additional space is available down the road at Rock Garden (1185 York Boulevard), with a designated RBG shuttle bus operating between the two lots. See the "event FAQ" for more details.

While Supplies Last! Though we encourage vendors to bring as much product as they like, supplies are limited, so arrive early for the best selection!

Event FAQ


We are proud to host local growers who will be selling a selection of native species and cultivated favourites. Check back for vendor list!


Selling: plants as seen in our gardens! See the full plant list.


Hamilton and Burlington have a thriving gardening and horticultural culture! Once again, we will be hosting a number of local socieites to help you learn about future events and opportunities to help your community grow!


Take home the plants you can see in our gardens!

Excellent plants currently in the RBG collection having a number of desirable characteristics such as quality of bloom, long season of interest and ease of maintenance. Many of these outstanding plants are underused in the home garden. While Supplies Last!

spikey blue flowers on bush

Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)

One of the showiest flowering shrubs for shady areas that has a dense, mounding, multi-stemmed form with a ground hugging habit of growth. In June the shrub features showy spikes (to 12” long) of tubular white flowers with red anthers and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Dark green large palmate leaves turn yellow in fall. Height 8ft (3m) Spreads up to 8-15ft. (3m-5m). Zone 6. Resistant to deer.

tree bark flaking away

Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas Bluestar)

This all season perennial has narrow, needle-like leaves that line the stems like bottle brushes, but the leaves are soft as silk to the touch. From late spring through to early summer, clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers float above a short mound of ferny foliage which turns golden yellow in fall. After blooming, it grows quickly to reach a height and spread of 3ft. (1m). Pest and deer resistant. Perennial of the Year 2011 Zone 5.

white bottle brush blooms

Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo)

A native North American wildflower and an excellent choice for a sunny garden. Slow to establish but worth the wait, durable and long lived.It forms a tall, bushy clump of grey-green foliage, with upright spikes of pea-like flowers in shades of violet blue that evolve into dark purple pods. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Drought tolerant, once established. Bloom time is late spring to early summer. Height 35-47in.( .9-1.2m). Spread 29-35in.(.75-.90m). Perennial plant of the Year 2010. Zone 3.

multi-stemmed shrub with white blooms

Clematis ‘Paul Farges’ Summer Snow™ (Clematis)

An exceptional vine with a vigorous habit, producing an abundance of small 2in.(5 cm) sweetly scented delicate white flowers that appear in summer and continue into fall. Suitable for arbors, trellises and fences. Deer and rabbit resistant. This long blooming clematis grows 12 -15ft.(4-5m) high and up to 6-9 ft(2-3m) wide. Zone 3.

orange foliage on bush

Clethra alnifolia ’Hummingbird’ (Summersweet, Sweet Pepperbush)

‘Hummingbird’ is a compact, slowly spreading, deciduous shrub which grows only 3-4ft. tall (1m). This cultivar retains a more compact mounding shape than the species. It is noted for producing mid to late summer blooms of sweetly fragrant white flowers that give way to dark brown seed capsules, sometimes persisting into the winter. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. Zone 3.

rich green bush with dark purple berries

Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni-Kaze’ (Japanese Forest Grass)

This clumping grass forms a dense mound of relatively short wide green blades that emerge from the centre of the mound to form a graceful arching shape that softens formal shade gardens. The tips of the leaves turn red in the summer aging in fall to the full leaf turning shades of red and purple. Yellow-green seed heads persist through the winter. Excellent ornamental interest. Height 15-20in. (40-50cm). Spread 24-40in. (60-100cm). Zone 5.

plant with clusters of bright purple berries

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Oak Leaf Hydrangea)

‘Ruby Slippers’ is a compact form of oak leaf hydrangea that matures to only 3-4ft. tall (1m) and to 3-5ft. wide(1.5m). And is noted for its long season of interest. Elongated, cone shaped flowers (to 9in. long) (23cm) begin to bloom in late spring. Flowers emerge white, but quickly turn pink before finally maturing to red.Deep green oak-like leaves (to 5in. long) (13 cm) turn attractive shades of mahogany-red in autumn. Mature stems exfoliate to reveal a rich brown inner bark which is attractive in winter. Zone 5.

tall white plumes of plants

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’ Vanilla Strawberry™ (Panicle Hydrangea)

‘Renhy’ is a shrub for specimen or foundation plantings. This hydrangea matures to 6-8ft. tall (2-3m) and to 4-5ft. wide (1.5m). This cultivar is noted for its upright, vase shape. Bloom time is late summer. This deciduous shrub produces long blooming, enormous, conical flowers starting creamy-white that change to soft pink and mature to a strawberry-red colour. These blooms are complemented by dark green leaves. Zone 4.

clusters of delicate soft pink flowers

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’ (Columnar Sweet Gum)

This specimen is an outstanding upright, deciduous, narrowly columnar tree with branchlets that may display distinctive corky ridges. Glossy, dark green leaves that vaguely resemble a maple leaf in spring and summer give way in fall to a brilliant mixture of yellow to showy orange-red foliage. An excellent tree for small properties, it deserves a location where its ornamental properties can be appreciated. Slowly growing up to 50ft.(15m-16m) high, 7ft.(2m-3m) wide. Zone 5.

stems of pink clustered flowers rising out of dark green plant

Paeonia ’Julia Rose’ (Itoh Peony)

Itoh peonies are rare and unusual hybrids between garden peonies and tree peonies. Flowering in June or early July ‘Julia Rose’ has large single to semi-double blooms emerging a coral-red shade and aging to salmon-orange and creamy yellow, giving an unusual tricolour effect. Flowers are borne in profusion on sturdy stems that don’t require staking.Fragrant, attracts bees and butterflies and makes a lovely cut flower. Deer and rabbit resistant. 25-29in. (65-75cm) high x 29-35in. (75-90cm) wide. Zone 4.

bright pink geraniums

Persicaria amplexicaulis (Mountain Fleeceflower)

One of the longest blooming perennials ‘Firetail’ attracted much attention in the new RBG rose garden in 2018. It showcases dense, long magenta spikes (flower size – 6in. (15cm)) on tall wiry stems from June to first frost. It is attractive to birds and butterflies and is deer resistant. There are no serious disease or insect problems. Flower height – 4ft. (125cm), Foliage height 3ft. (90cm).Spread 2-3ft. 60 -90cm. Zone 4.

tall perenial with purple flower clusters on top

Rosa ‘Ca29’ (Canadian Artist Series) Campfire® (Rosa ‘CA 29’ PP24, 435) (Floribunda Rose)

The Campfire® rose was named to honour a painting by Canadian artist, Tom Thomson. This short, rounded, well-branched floribunda rose measures 3ft.(1m)high and 3ft.(1m) wide with glossy, medium green foliage. Very hardy and resistant to black spot and powdery mildew. Shapely buds with yellow and red tones open to semi-double flowers of yellow, edged in deep rosy pink. Some flowers in the early season will be nearly all yellow. As the season progresses the pink edging becomes more prominent. Flowers are mildly fragrant. Zone 3.

bubble gum pink rose

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’ (Culver’s Root)

Good vertical height of this perennial provides a strong accent and adds architectural interest to the garden. Dense, slender, 9in. (23cm) long spikes of tiny, tube-like, white flowers open from the top down in late spring to early summer atop strong, upright stems. Bloom can continue well into summer. Smaller branches off the main stem give the plant a candelabra-like effect when in full bloom. Attracts butterflies and is deer resistant. Low care and disease free. Height 4ft.(1.25 m) Spread 2-3ft.(60-90cm) Zone 5.

red rose

Pulmonaria ‘Shrimps on the Barbie’ (Lungwort)

Lungworts are among the most dependable and showy early spring blooming perennials, and most types have attractive foliage throughout the season. This large, spreading selection has an amazing number of deep shrimp pink flower clusters in April/May held above dark green foliage with prominent white spots. Deer, rabbit and mildew resistant. Height (25cm). Spread (45-60cm). Zone 5.

Pulmonaria grows best in partial shade or full shade in average to moist soil. Plants should be cut back hard immediately after blooming to rejuvenate the leaves which will then remain attractive all season. Clumps may be easily divided in early fall. Can be used as a specimen plant or massed as a ground cover.

Speakers and Activities

The art of gardening is always changing and growing; we welcome a number of experts to speak on a variety of horticultural topics to help you start your gardening season right! Join us for these 30 minute sessions.

Check back for 2019 speakers.

Event FAQ

Have a question about Plant Faire? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered below, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Location >>

Plant Faire will be held indoors at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road W. Burlington. Vendors, plant societies, and speaker sessions will be placed throughout the building. Upon arrival visitors will be given a map of the building indicating where each aspect of the event is located.

Parking >>

Parking is available at RBG Centre (680 Plains Road W.), with additional space available at the Rock Garden parking lot, just a few minutes down the road (1185 York Boulevard). Please note the lot at RBG Centre is undergoing some construction, but there are still spaces available, including accesssible parking. There is no charge for parking in these two lots for this event (with the exception of the electric charging stations at RBG Centre). Accessible parking spaces and some electric charging stations will be available at RBG Centre.

A shuttle bus will be running regularly between the Rock Garden parking lot and RBG Centre, where the event is held.

Shuttle Bus >>

A shuttle bus will be running between RBG Centre and the Rock Garden parking lot throughout the event. The pick-up / drop-off point at both locations will be clearly marked with signage. If you have any difficulty finding these locations upon arrival to the parking lot, please ask one of our volunteers on site.

Plant Holding Area >>

Do you want to stick around for a garden tour, speaker session, or lunch after purchasing a plant from our vendors? You can leave your plant with one of our volunteers in the plant holding area.

When you’re ready to leave, you can bring your vehicle around to a smaller parking lot and pick up your plants. Follow the directional signage on the day!

Public Transit >>

RBG Centre is accessible by Burlington Transit bus route 1 on weekends, with a stop and bus shelter located at 680 Plains Road W. This route is accessible from Burlington GO, Hamilton GO, and Aldershot GO stations. Please see the full route map and schedule at

While Supplies Last >>

Though we encourage vendors to bring as much product as they like, supplies are limited, so arrive early for the best selection! Doors open at 9 a.m.

Payment Options >>

Payment options will vary by vendor. Purchases for RoyalSelect Plants will accept debit, credit and cash, but these options may not be available for all vendors. ATM is located on site.

Cost of Entry >>

This event is free to the public; donations to Royal Botanical Gardens are welcome. This includes access to RBG Centre and Hendrie Park. Anyone arriving after 2 p.m. or wishing to visit the other garden areas (including access to Rock Garden) will be required to pay admission or show their RBG Membership card. Find more information on admission at

Pets / Service Animals >>

With the exception of service animals, no personal dogs/cats/animals are permitted in RBG Centre. If you are looking for somewhere to take your pet on a stroll, check out our 27km of trails!

digital rendering of rose garden design

Rose Garden Rejuvenation

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden, opening summer of 2018! Learn more about the kinds of roses the garden will be featuring at Plant Faire. Learn More


group eating in the Greenhouse Café

Dine at RBG

Join us for lunch at the Greenhouse Café for a selection of dishes inspired by local produce, meats and cheeses and features wines and craft brews exclusive to Ontario. Learn More


Picking tomatoes in Veggie Village

Courses and Workshops

RBG offers a number of courses year-round, including many to help you "master your garden" as we get into spring! Registation Required. Learn More