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Centennial Rose Garden, early 2000s
Rose Garden Construction – 1965
Canadian Shield Rose

Where are the roses?

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden

OPENING SUMMER 2018

Leadership in Sustainable Gardening

When Centennial Rose Garden was planted in 1967, none of us could have predicted the effects of pesticide laws, changing climates, and disease-prone roses. Despite our best efforts, in recent years our rose collection has languished.


Balancing these environmental considerations and your love of roses are at the core of our new Rose Garden project.

The Rejuvenated Rose Garden

Opening 2018 — Construction is underway!

The new Rose Garden plan features a spectacular display of roses and companion plants intended to extend seasonal interest and keep diseases at bay. Our focus is on disease resistant, disease-tolerant and cold-hardy roses, including Canadian introductions. We’re excited to present an innovative, sustainable and inspiring experience, the quintessential rose garden for Canada’s largest botanical garden.


If you’re interested in supporting this project, book your personal, behind-the-scenes tour or donate.


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Rose Garden Information Night: November 15

We are in the midst of constructing our new Rose Garden in Hendrie Park and are excited to share our progress with you. Alex Henderson, curator of living collections, RBG, is speaking to the history of roses in Hendrie Park, including how we determined it was time for a rejuvenation and new direction. Learn about how the plan for the new Rose Garden came together with Jim Mack, head of horticulture, RBG. Jim touches on the timing of the project, and introduces our special guest, Peter Kukielski — rose expert and consultant lead on the rejuvenation project. Join us in welcoming Peter Kukielski as he speaks about roses and genetics, and what it takes to create a thriving, sustainable rose garden, without the use of chemicals.

Please register today to reserve your ticket — space is limited for this free lecture.


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