Plant Faire

Saturday April 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; RBG Centre

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

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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

Now at RBG Centre! This year's event has moved indoors to RBG Centre (680 Plains Road W. Burlington), just down the road from last year's venue.

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.


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

B Sweet Honey Nature Co.

Selling: local native trees, shrubs and butterfly plants

peeling bark

Baker Forestry Services

Selling: Native Plants

white berries on bare bush

Kayanase Greenhouse

Selling: more info coming soon

Lotsa Hostas

Selling: Hostas and perennial plants

St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre

Selling: Local Ontario native plants

heirloom tomatoes

Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm

Selling: Organically grown heirloom vegetables and herb seedlings, specializing in tomatoes

small trees and bushes ready to sell

Verbinnen's Nursery

Selling: Native trees, shrubs and perennials

Vineland Nurseries

Selling: Ornamental plants such as dwarfs and usual conifers, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, bamboos, flowering shrubs and trees.

S.W. Gardens

Selling: More details coming soon.

dwarf connifer

Whistling Gardens

Selling: Dwarf conifers and peonies.


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!

The Bonsai Society at Royal Botanical Gardens

Burlington Community Gardens

Canadian Iris Society

Canadian Peony Society

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System

Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society

Halton Region Master Gardeners

Hamilton and District Chrystanthemum and Dahlia Society

Mohawk Seedkeepers

Monarch Awards Hamilton

North American Native Plant Society

Ontario Horticultural Association District 6

Ontario Daylily Society

Ontario Regional Lily Society

Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society

Greater Toronto Water Garden & Horticultural Society

Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Project

Toronto Cacti and Succulent Club

Pollination Guelph


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

Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ – Early Large-flowered Clematis

An exceptional vine that produces stunning 4" - 5" silver tipped deep blue flowers with spiky thistle like centers. Blooms in early summer and often re-blooms in late summer to fall. Suitable for arbors, trellises and fences. Fragrant and deer resistant, it is a full sun/half shade plant.

tree bark flaking away

Acer griseum - Paperbark Maple

An outstanding small, deciduous, oval-rounded tree with slender upright branching, particularly noted for its copper orange to cinnamon reddish/brown exfoliating bark and for its showy orange/red fall colour. Native to China and an excellent tree for small properties, it deserves a location where its ornamental properties can be appreciated, especially in winter. Slow growing.

white bottle brush blooms

Fothergilla gardenii - Dwarf Witch-alder

This compact, refined shrub with a shapely rounded habit features showy fragrant white ‘bottle brush’ flowers in spring on bare branches, followed by blue green foliage that turns to brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. Requires an evenly moist well drained soil, sun to part sun.

multi-stemmed shrub with white blooms

Heptacodium miconioides - Seven-son Flower

A large, fountain-shaped, multi-stemmed shrub with grey brown exfoliating bark providing interest all year. Clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers appear late summer to early fall that are a source of nectar for butterflies, followed by masses of attractive purplish-red bracts. Grows in average soil, medium moisture but well-drained, and prefers full sun.

orange foliage on bush

Diervilla ‘G2X88544’ = KODIAK ® ORANGE – Bush-honeysuckle

In early summer clusters of yellow nectar-rich flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. In fall dramatic glowing orange foliage lights up the landscape. This rounded shrub is drought resistant, deer resistant, and tolerates dry shade although best growth occurs with half day sun.

rich green bush with dark purple berries

Hypericum androsaemum ‘Albury Purple’ - Purple St. John’s-wort

Several ornamental features create interest all through the growing season. It has oval dark plum-purplish resin scented new foliage followed by clusters of rose-like, 5-petalled yellow flowers with showy yellow stamens in summer. Flowers are followed by dark red berries that mature to black and attract birds. Sun to part shade.

plant with clusters of bright purple berries

Callicarpa ‘NCCX1’ = PURPLE PEARLS ® - Beautyberry

Providing interest for most of the year with purple tinged foliage and showy pink blooms borne in profusion on long stems in July and August. By fall the flowers are replaced with lovely large purple pearl-like berries up and down the branches. With a distinctive upright habit this lovely garden addition prefers full sun.

tall white plumes of plants

Astilbe chinensis ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ – Chinese Astilbe

This stunning Astilbe selection is a robust grower with clumps of upright plumes of sparkling silvery white flowers hovering over dark green fern like foliage. Blooming through July and August it prefers moist well drained soil in full or part shade and is heat and humidity tolerant.

clusters of delicate soft pink flowers

Bergenia ‘Bach’ - Pigsqueak

Pollinator friendly, spring flowering, 'Bach' has beautiful soft pink flowers maturing to white, borne on orange purple stems. Valuable for the bold glossy green foliage which turns copper red later in the season. Choice plant for partial shade in moist well-drained soil. Deadheading prolongs flowering.

stems of pink clustered flowers rising out of dark green plant

Heuchera ‘Paris’ - Coral Bells

Outstanding, re-blooming until frost. Deep rose 12 in. (30cm) flowers rise above silver dark veined leaves. Heuchera grows well in sun or shade and prefers moist conditions. Hummingbirds are attracted to this plant. This Coral Bells is prized for its drought, heat and humidity tolerance.

bright pink geraniums

Geranium ‘Pink Penny’ - Cranesbill

One of the longest blooming perennials, ‘Pink Penny’ forms dark veined deep rose-pink cupped flowers from early summer to early autumn. It is attractive to butterflies, deer resistant, and forms soft mounds suitable for rock gardens. Best planted in part shade, moist well drained location.

tall perenial with purple flower clusters on top

Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ - Meadow-rue

Clouds of tiny bright lavender pink flowers and lacy fern-like foliage provide a delicate contrast to the unique, jet-black stems of this striking perennial. It has a tall, willowy feel which works brilliantly towards the back of a cottage garden or in combination with grasses. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. It is loved by butterflies and bees.

bubble gum pink rose

Rosa ‘BUCbi’ = CAREFREE BEAUTY™ - Shrub Rose

This vigorous, upright rose sports glossy olive-green foliage and clusters of cup-shaped, semi-double, fragrant, bubble-gum-pink blooms from early summer to fall. Flowers are followed by orange hips which persist into winter. Carefree Beauty™ is a vigorous plant with excellent disease resistance.

red rose

Rosa ‘AAC576‘ = CANADIAN SHIELD™ - Floribunda Rose

Scarlet red and fully double, the 3 in. diameter mildly fragrant flowers provide a sensational show. This Canadian rose was released in the 49th Parallel Collection coinciding with Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. It is a low maintenance, disease resistant, very hardy repeat bloomer.

salmon-pink rose

Rosa ‘KORvioros’ = SAVANNAH™ - Hybrid Tea Rose

Savannah™ bears abundant, large, salmon-pink fragrant blooms. Bred to handle heat and humidity with glossy leaves very resistant to black spot and mildew. 2015 winner Overall Best Rose, Best Hybrid Tea Rose and Most Fragrant Rose at the Biltmore Rose Trial.

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.

9:30 a.m.

The Art of Pruning

Jim Lounsberry will share his thoughts on essential pruning tools, and offer a quick demonstration of spring pruning techniques for both evergreens and deciduous material.

10 a.m.

Garden Lilies

Sandra-Pat Willis will explore the different lily varieties and groups, their flowering period, what they contribute to home gardens, and how to coax the best from them.

10:30 a.m.

Garden Hacks: Nifty ideas for your garden

Want to make gardening easier and more fun? Claudette Sims will share some simple, creative hacks that will benefit both you and your garden.

11 a.m.

The Work of a Seedkeeper

A Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Terrylynn Brant grows Haudenosaunee and heritage seeds using traditional agricultural methods. Learn how the work of a Seedkeeper in an Indigenous community maintains culture and encourages sustainability.

11:30 a.m.

Green Your Yard With a Raingarden

Be a green superhero! Jen Baker will show you how easy it is to create a raingarden in your yard to reduce runoff, help prevent storm water overflows and flooding, improve water quality AND support pollinators!

12 p.m.

Bonsai: A Short Story about Small Trees

If you're interested in creating or appreciating bonsai (or just keeping them alive), Mike McCallion will share what you need to know to get started with this fascinating art.

12:30 p.m.

Native Trees and Shrubs for Pollinators

People know that flowers feed pollinators, but not many realize the huge role that flowering trees and shrubs play in this. If you want to help pollinators in your garden, Marion Robertson will share information on the species to plant for nectar and pollen.

1 p.m.

Peonies From Green Bay to the Saguenay

Join David Maltby and tour gardens and their peonies from the Green Bay area, through Ontario and to the Saguenay region of Quebec. His talk will highlight herbaceous and tree peonies, "Itoh" varieties, and more.

1:30 p.m.

New Roses for a New Rose Garden

Alex Henderson, RBG's Curator of Collections, will introduce RBG’s new earth-kind, sustainable rose garden and its roses, along with tips on new approaches to rose culture and care.

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!

Rose Garden Rejuvenation Project >>

The Centennial Rose Garden in Hendrie Park is currently undergoing a rejuvenation project, set to re-open this summer. You can learn more about this project and make a donation at, or by talking to the vounteers at the Rose Garden booth at Plant Faire, located beside the RoyalSelect plant area.

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