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Enchanted Garden Weekend

Enchanted Garden Weekend – SOLD OUT

Saturday August 15 & Sunday August 16, 2020
10 a.m. to 5 p.m*; Rock Garden

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you.

Enter a magical world! As you venture along a 1-km accessible path, you’ll meet some larger-than-life magical beings who will share their stories and secrets. Before you leave, pick-up your gift so that you can continue the magic at home. 

Be sure to check out our pop-up Gift Shop located inside the Rock Garden Visitor Centre. 

Recommended Audience: This guided interactive moving-theatre style event is recommended for enchanted families with children aged 5 to 8 and will last approximately one hour.

*This is a time-ticketed event. Upon registration you will be required to select an entry time. This experience is approximately 1 hour.

Pre-Purchased Tickets Required.

  • autumn themed fairy
  • Three children dressed as fairies
  • Woman dressed as woodland fairy
  • Fairy Mail Sign At Enchanted Weekend

Special Event Tickets

Enchanted Garden Weekend requires pre-purchased tickets, available online at the dates below. This event does NOT include access to all RBG’s garden areas. Should ticket-holders wish to visit RBG’s other garden areas a discounted general admission rate will be provided.

Category Ticket Price
Adult $16 (+ HST & Service Fee)
Add General Admission for $10
Child Age 4 & Up $16 (+ HST & Service Fee)

Add General Admission for $7

Child Age 3 &  Under FREE (registration still required)

Member Pre-Sale: Thursday July 16, 12 p.m.
Tickets Available: Wednesday July 22, 12 p.m.

  • Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • This event requires a specific event ticket (NOT included in General Admission or Membership)
  • Everyone attending the event must have a ticket. You will not be admitted into the event without a ticket. Tickets will be scanned upon arrival.
  • After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.

Update Tuesday July 21:

To our surprise, tickets for the Enchanted Garden sold out very quickly during the Member pre-sale. In response, at the start of the Public Sale we will be adding 1 hour to the end of each day, which means 8 more timeslots-worth of tickets will be available for purchase.

With Hamilton and Halton officially moving into stage 3, we will also be increasing the capacity for each timeslot to 15. This will still allow groups to remain socially distant while permitting more families to safely enjoy the event. These additional spaces will also be added at the start of the public sale.

Thank you to everyone for your support, interest, and patience as we adapt this event to fit our current social climate!

Thank You for Supporting RBG!

Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education.

Event Format & Time Ticketing

Due to challenges presented by COVID-19 the format of the Enchanted Garden weekend will be modified to meet recommended guidelines as issued by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Historically this event has been unstructured, meaning that guests were free to roam the event at their leisure while participating in arts and crafts activities.

This year, the event will become a linear experience that will allow groups of 15 guests per timeslot to move through the event in the same direction. Along the 1km route guests will be greeted by characters from the enchanted world at predetermined stations. This experience is approximately 1 hour in length.

Times Slots: 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their timeslot.  

Food & Drink

Enjoy lunch or a snack from the Rock Garden Café before or after your enchanted experience. Café will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note, you will not be able to purchase food or beverage during your experience which is approximately 1 hour. Feel free to bring your purchased snacks along with you as you participate in the event.

Soups & Salads

Rainbow Beet Salad
Beets, goat cheese, spring greens, pepitas, heirloom carrot, balsamic

Falafel Salad
Falafel, pickled onion, marinated tomato, spring greens, lemon herb vinaigrette, dill yogurt

Garden Salad
Spring greens, cherry tomato, cucumber, heirloom carrot, white balsamic

Soup de jour
Daily soup creation made by our talented chefs

Sandwiches / Paninis

Smoked trout Sandwich
Smoked trout, Bibb lettuce, pickled onion, lemon dill yogurt, multigrain bun

Italian Roast Chicken Provolone
Roasted Chicken, arugula, provolone, brushetta, pesto aioli, focaccia

Cubano Braised Pork
Braised pork, panchetta, swiss cheese, herbed dijonniase, Portuguese bun, dill pickle

Grilled vegetable Wrap
Grilled vegetables, roasted red pepper hummus, alfalfa sprouts, spring greens, sundried tomato tortilla

Kids Menu

Penne Tomato

Grilled Cheese and Chips

Garden Salad
Spring greens, cherry tomato, cucumber, heirloom carrot, white balsamic



Sweet Scones
Daily sweet scones with jam

Crazy Brownie
Rich chocolate brownie, powdered sugar

Yukon Ice Cream Sandwich


A selection of cold beverages available for purchase. See the full restaurant menu for details.

Rock Garden

Enchanted Garden weekend takes place at RBG’s Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton ON.

Built in 1932, the historic Rock Garden is considered the birthplace of Royal Botanical Gardens. Following a significant rejuvenation, the Rock Garden reopened in 2016 to embrace sustainable trends in garden design and management while respecting the integrity of its heritage setting.

Enchanted FAQ

Have a question about RBG’s Enchanted Garden Weekend? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158 or send us a message.


Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special eventUpon purchasing, you will be required to select an entry time. When purchasing your tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date/time, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible. Tickets are final sale. 

You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking. 

RBG Member Pre-sale: From Thursday July 16 (12 p.m.) to Tuesday July 21 (4 p.m.), members have access to an exclusive pre-sale. Accessing this pre-sale will require a special member code, which will be sent prior to the pre-sale date to the email addresses we have on file for all current RBG Members. Members will also require their membership number during the purchasing process. A membership discount will NOT apply for this event. 


The Enchanted Garden is held rain or shine and is 100% outdoors, so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather. If the event is canceled participants will receive a full refund.  

Directions and Parking

This event is held at the historic Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton. Parking is included, available in the lot across the street. See for more details.

Event Length and Timing

Due to challenges presented by COVID-19 the event format has become a linear experience along a 1km route within the historic Rock Garden. The experience will be approx. 1 hour in length.  

RBG’s garden areas are open 10 a.m to 8 p.m. this weekend. If you wish to visit other gardens areas before or after the event, you can purchase discounted general admission tickets when you purchase your Enchanted tickets online. Should you decide day of that you would like to visit the other garden areas, you can purchase your discounted general admission tickets from any kiosk by showing proof of event ticket. Discounted general admission tickets must be used on the same day as your event ticket.    


The newly rejuvenated Rock Garden features some wide, paved paths that descend with a slope into the lower bowl of the garden. Some stations will take place on grassy areas. If you have any questions about accessibility at this event, please contact us at 905-527-1158. 

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets for this event can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend the event. If RBG cancels a special event, ticketholders will be fully refunded. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event. 

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant. 

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this event may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy. 

By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.