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!

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RBG is proud to present its third 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.

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!


Vendors

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

ROYALSELECT™

RBG's own selection of plants! View plant list

B Sweet Honey Nature Co.

Selling: local native trees, shrubs and butterfly plants

peeling bark

Baker Forestry Services

Selling: Native Plants

Dynamic Daylilies

Selling: Yellow, Red, Purple, White, Gold, and Orange Daylilies

Lotsa Hostas

Selling: Hostas and perennial plants

monarch caterpillar on milkweed

Native Plants in Claremont

Selling: Seed-grown native perennials

red oak leaves

Ontario Native Plants

Selling: Native Trees and Shrubs

purple wild bergamot

Orange Dog Native Plants

Selling: Native plants

catails

Sassafras Farms

Selling: Native shrubs, trees and herbaceous

catails

Sweet Gale Gardens

Selling: a mix of annual cut flower seedlings, vegetables and culinary herbs

S.W. Gardens

Selling: a selection of lilies for your home garden

heirloom tomatoes

Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm

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

Vineland Nurseries

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


Societies and Community Groups

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!

Burlington Community Gardens

canadian peony society

Canadian Peony Society

Halton Food Council

Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society

Halton Region Master Gardeners

North American Native Plant Society

Ontario Daylily Society

Ontario Invasive Plant Council

Ontario Regional Lily Society

Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society

Hamilton and District Chrystanthemum and Dahlia Society

Ontario Horticultural Association District 6

Orchid Society of RBG

Pollination Guelph

Pollinator Paradise Project

Seeds of Diversity Canada

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System


ROYALSELECT™

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!

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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 ’Ruby Spice’ (Summersweet, Sweet Pepperbush)

This is a rounded, densely branched deciduous shrub that is noted for producing mid to late summer bloom of seetly fragrant rose pink flowers. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies and bees. Flowers give way to dark brown seed capsules that may persist into winter. No serious disease or insect problems. Height 1-2m. Spread 1-1.5m. Zone 4.

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 30 minutes sessions, and Discovery Activities all day!

9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

John Deere

John Deere is on-site all day as the proud sponsor of the 2019 Plant Faire. Chat with experts from authorized dealer Crossroads Equipment, check out some of the machinery, and enjoy give-aways and promotions!

9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Discover Pomegranates

Mediterranean Garden (upper terrace) Visit our Discovery Cart in the Mediterranean Garden to see why pomegranates are such a SUPER food for your body and health.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Discover Pollination

Foyer (just outside of the Auditorium) What’s all the buzz about? Stop by our display to learn about pollinators and their favourite colourful plants!

9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Soil's Alive!

In the Atrium Foyer Healthy soil is the living foundation for a great garden. Drop by and learn how to build your soil’s structure and fertility.

9:30 a.m.

Hamilton's Seedy History Revealed

Erin Aults, Royal Botanical Gardens Dive into the past and find out about Hamilton when it was 'Seedtown'. RBG's librarian, Erin Aults, will share her discoveries on Hamilton seed companies and stunningly illustrated seed catalogues.

10 a.m.

Lilies in a Perennial Garden

Brian Bergman, Ontario Region Lily Society Brian will present an overview of lilies, including what varietals to plant in a garden - from martagons to "tree lilies".

10:30 a.m.

Grow Me Instead: Alternatives to Invasive Garden Plants

Gabby Nichols, Ontario Invasive Plant Council Gabby will introduce native plant alternatives to commonly available(but very invasive) garden plants. She'll also share best practices for removing notable invasives like dog-strangling vine, garlic mustard and Phragmites.

11 a.m.

The World of Dahlias

Mike Parrish, Hamilton & District Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society The National Garden Bureau has made 2019 the Year of the Dahlia!  Mike will highlight the vast array of colours, forms, and sizes of dahlias that any gardener can enjoy.

11 a.m.

History of Hendrie Park Heritage Walk

Hendrie Park; meet in the tunnel Come explore the history of Hendrie Park. Learn about the history of RBG’s most popular garden area and hear the stories of the people who have changed this landscape and left their mark. Features included are the Hendrie Gates, the Martimas Memorial Stone, and the Helen M. Kippax Garden.

The walk will start and end at the Tunnel to Hendrie Park and will take around 45 minutes. The route is mostly be on paved or turfed garden areas. Please ensure that you are dressed for the weather. A second walk will take place at 1 p.m.

11:30 a.m.

Attracting Pollinators to your Garden

Karin Davidson-Taylor, Pollination Guelph Plants (and people) need pollinators, but pollinator species are in decline. Your garden can help by becoming a haven for them; Karin will show you how, starting with the variety of food and host plants and shelter they need to survive.

12 p.m.

Hamilton's Seedy History Revealed

Erin Aults, Royal Botanical Gardens Dive into the past and find out about Hamilton when it was 'Seedtown'. RBG's librarian, Erin Aults, will share her discoveries on Hamilton seed companies and stunningly illustrated seed catalogues.

12:30 p.m.

Dividing and Pruning Your Peonies

David Maltby, Canadian Peony Society Peonies can be divided like any other perennial. Using live plant material, David will be demonstrating how to divide herbaceous peonies, and prune tree peonies.

1 p.m.

Gardening as a Climate Change Action

Barbara McKean,Royal Botanical Gardens Stymied by how you can take action on climate change? Barb will share the huge role gardens that can play in climate change adaptation and resilience, as beautiful but functional parts of our community's green infrastructure.

1 p.m.

History of Hendrie Park Heritage Walk

Hendrie Park; meet in the tunnel Come explore the history of Hendrie Park. Learn about the history of RBG’s most popular garden area and hear the stories of the people who have changed this landscape and left their mark. Features included are the Hendrie Gates, the Martimas Memorial Stone, and the Helen M. Kippax Garden.

The walk will start and end at the Tunnel to Hendrie Park and will take around 45 minutes. The route is mostly be on paved or turfed garden areas. Please ensure that you are dressed for the weather.

1:30 p.m.

Farming Pollinators

Marion Robertson, B Sweet Honey Nautre Co. and Puslinch Naturally Native Trees Marion will share some major pollinator support efforts that her family has implemented on their property in Puslinch. The principles can be applied at any scale of garden or property size, so get ready for some great ideas!


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.). There will be no charge for parking in this lot on the day of the event. Accessible parking spaces and some electric charging stations are available. 

Carts and Plant Holding Area >>

RBG will provide some plant carts for use by visitors on the day of the event. You are welcome to bring your own compact cart for carying plants during the event.

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 Spicer Court to more easily load 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 burlingtontransit.ca

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 rbg.ca/visitus

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!


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Gardening Information

The Gardening Information Desk is run by RBG volunteers, here to help with your gardening questions.

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Dine at RBG

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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.

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