RBG Speaker Series

We are excited to bring you a selection of lecture and workshop sessions with experts from across North America, speaking on topics such as gardening, wildlife, conservation, and more! Check back frequently for updates.

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Toronto Wildlife Centre

Thursday February 20

Wildlife Rescue - Winter Exhibition Program

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Learn about Toronto Wildlife Centre, a wildlife rehabilitation charity, and what happens to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife once they arrive. Common threats to wildlife are discussed, such as window strikes for birds, free-roaming cats, roads and other infrastructure, disease, garbage and water pollution. Find out what you can do to take action to help. Come with questions and stories.

$18 ($6 for RBG Members) - pre-registration required.

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Dr. David Galbraith

Sunday, February 23

Dreamers, Schemers, and Builders: An Introduction to the History of Royal Botanical Gardens

2 to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

Royal Botanical Gardens is Canada’s largest botanical garden, a national historic site, a significant natural area, and many other things. The gardens, nature sanctuaries, parklands, and programs at RBG all have fascinating stories to tell of people who had different ideas about what to do on the land: from naturalists and community leaders to landscape architects and horticulturists. Join RBG’s Dr. David A. Galbraith for a stroll through the past century and more of RBG’s history, its antecedents both locally and further afield, and its landscape that bears witness to dramatic changes, cultural influences, and history itself.

$12 (RBG Members 10% off) - pre-registration required.

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Debi Goodwin

Thursday March 12

A Victory Garden for Trying Times

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Ever since her childhood on a Niagara farm, Debi Goodwin has dug in the dirt to find resilience. She experienced the healing power of a garden during sickness and loss. Learn about the history of Victory Gardens and how the garden she created and wrote about in her memoir, A Victory Garden for Trying Times, helped her carry on in her fight against an enemy she couldn’t see and, later, nurtured her through her grief.

$18 ($6 for RBG Members) - pre-registration required.

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Jillian Henderson

Thursday March 26

Get the Facts on Medical Cannabis

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Have you ever wondered if cannabis is a suitable therapy for you or a loved one? Are you unsure about how to get cannabis that is legal and approved by Health Canada? Jillian Henderson from Bodystream discusses how to navigate the system to stay on the right side of the law. She shares examples of real patients who have tried cannabis as medicine. She discusses the benefits as well as the precautions and warnings so you can stay safe while still managing symptoms. Come get your questions answered.

$18 ($6 for RBG Members) - pre-registration required.

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Paul O'Hara

Saturday April 18

A Trail Called Home: Tree Stories from the Golden Horseshoe

2 to 4 p.m.; RBG Centre

Enjoy a guided hike with Paul O’Hara to learn firsthand what he has experienced over his 25 years of tree study. Paul is a past RBG employee, writer, field botanist, landscape designer, and native plant gardening expert. In A Trail Called Home, Paul takes us on an explorative walk through his childhood memories of playing in the woods, as well as and his passion for trees and nature. Through his stories, we see the changes in the landscape over the years and share a deeper connection and appreciation for the land. Be prepared for outdoor hiking.

$18 ($6 for RBG Members) - pre-registration required.

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Courses and Programs

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Membership at RBG

Whether you are a master or beginner gardener, a birdwatcher, hiker, five years old or 105, you'll agree that Royal Botanical Gardens is Paradise Found. You can have it all by joining today. Learn More


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Upcoming Events

RBG hosts events year-round, from blooms festivals, to performing arts, to holiday celebrations, and more. Check back frequently for new listings! Learn More