Saturday April 25
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; RBG Centre
Start off the gardening season right with RBG’s annual Plant Faire! Shop local vendors, hear from gardening experts, and more!
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.
Free Admission – donations welcome!
About Plant Faire
- 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
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!
We are proud to host local growers who will be selling a selection of native species and cultivated favourites.
Check back for 2020 vendor list!
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!
Check back for 2020 participants.
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!
Allium ‘Millenium’ (Ornamental Onion)
Perennial Plant of the Year 2018 – Visitors to Hendrie Park were enthusiastic about this unusual very showy ornamental onion.The small compact clumping plant, topped with numerous large rosy purple balls of colour just above the rich green foliage. Blooms July to August in full sun or part shade and tolerates a wide range of soils, drought, rabbits, and deer. Attracts butterflies. Ht. and W. 30-45 cm.
Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata’ aka The King (Golden-Scaled Male Fern)
A truly regal fern from the Victorian era known as King of the Male Ferns. Suitable for moist shady areas, the fronds of this attention grabbing Dryopteris have divided leaflet edges and are crested or even frilly in appearance. The classic upright, arching fern form produces a showy specimen. Semi evergreen, damaged fronds should be cut back in spring. Deer resistant. Part to full shade preferred. Ht.75-100 cm.,W. 75-90 cm.
Geranium ‘Blogold’ Blue Sunrise®
Noted for the beautiful burnt orange foliage in spring that turns yellow green and for large clusters of saucer shaped blue flowers. Blooms in early summer and continues for months in full sun or part shade. Low maintenance but in the heat of summer plants can be cut back to rejuvenate and encourage new bloom. Average well drained soil. Tolerates rabbits and deer. Attracts butterflies. Ht.30-45 cm., W.30-60 cm.
Ginkgo biloba ‘California Sunset’
Ginkgo trees are noted for unusual fan shaped leaves. The outstanding foliage on this rare cultivar has beautifully variegated leaves, creamy yellow in spring, maturing to dark green with streaks of cream/gold in summer. Ginkgo are extremely hardy and this sought after cultivar is a slow growing small tree or large shrub with no disease or insect problems. Full sun to part shade, in a sheltered location, moist to average well drained soil. A choice specimen plant. Ht. 3-4 metres, W. 2.5 metres after 20 yrs.
Heuchera ‘Glitter’ (Coral Bells)
RHS Award of Garden Merit. Stunning silver foliage with black veins and violet undercarriage is topped with masses of fuchsia-pink bells on dark stems. The result is gorgeous and can be enjoyed from late spring through summer. Prefers well drained soil in full sun or part to full shade. Ht.25 cm. to 40 cm. with flowers.,W.30-35 cm. Attracts hummingbirds. Recommended by the Horticulturist at Laking Garden.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Wim’s Red’ Fire and Ice®
Large conical creamy white flowers changing to pink in summer and wine red in the fall are the stars of this cultivar. A lovely upright vase shaped Hydrangea that blooms on new wood and could be pruned in late winter or early spring. Prefers part shade with rich, moist, well drained soil. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Ht. 90-180 cm.,W 90-120 cm.
Paeonia (Itoh) ‘Kopper Kettle’ (Itoh Peony)
Unusual, rare and highly collectable, Itoh peonies are hybrids between herbaceous and tree peonies. This cultivar produces large, extraordinary semi-double to double tri-colour flowers of red, yellow and orange, giving the blooms a copper hued effect from afar. Finely cut dark green foliage is supported by a sturdy, well shaped plant. Prefers full sun and fertile, well drained soil. Deer and rabbit resistant. Ht. 70-80 cm. and W. 55-90 cm.
Clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon’
A small flowered climbing vine featuring rich red flowers (5- 7.5 cm.) with yellow stamens that blooms profusely June to September. Flowering on new wood, this Clematis will grow 3 to 4 metres and should be cut down to just above the first healthy buds every spring. Full sun to part shade, medium moist well drained soil, the roots should be shaded to keep cool. Deer resistant.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’ Little Devil™ (Ninebark)
A ninebark for small gardens with a compact rounded form, easy to grow and maintain. Attractive deep burgundy foliage is offset by clusters of button like white flowers in June. Another interesting feature is the peeling papery bark, making this a shrub for all seasons. Any pruning should be done after flowering. Easily grown in sun to part shade, moist, well drained soil. Ht and W. 90-120 cm.
Pinus strobus ‘Blue Shag’ (Eastern White Pine)
An extremely attractive evergreen with short blue/green needles, very soft to the touch. A dwarf, dense globe form that attracted very positive comments from visitors to Rock Garden. Does not produce cones in the early years. Slow growing, but to maintain desired size the candles can be pinched back in spring. Full sun, part shade. Well drained soil. Tolerates rabbits and deer. Ht. and W 60 – 120 cm.
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Fireworks’
Rarely seen in gardens, this large exotic looking plant produces unique, deeply divided green foliage with bronze edges. In summer deep reddish plumes appear on tall stems, creating a very dramatic effect. Ideal for woodland or bog gardens as a bold accent plant, it prefers moist to wet soil in full to part shade. Blooms July to August, flowering best with a couple of hours of indirect sun. Rabbit and deer resistant. Ht.60 cm., W.60-80 cm.
Rosa ‘KORfriedhar’ Poseidon™ (Floribunda Rose)
Highly rated because of the fragrant, large, very full lavender lilac flowers blooming in clusters. This very healthy Floribunda is disease and blackspot resistant and an excellent repeat bloomer. Poseidon™ received high praise from Rose Garden visitors last summer. Prefers well drained rich loam in full sun. Ht. 80-100 cm. W. 60-80 cm.
Syringa ‘Bailbelle’ Tinkerbelle™ (Lilac)
Best known for its compact shape and wine coloured buds that open to clouds of fragrant pale pink flowers in mid to late spring. This delightful small lilac is easily grown in average medium moist, well drained soil in full sun. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Removal of faded flower panicles before seed set increases bloom in the following year. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, tolerates deer. Ht and W. 120-180 cm.
Veronica longifolia ‘Very Van Gogh’ (Speedwell)
Very impressive and long blooming, Van Gogh produces masses of eye catching orchid-purple flower spikes rising above forest green foliage. Blooming from mid to late summer, it prefers dry to average well drained soil and full sun to part shade. Deer resistant, but will attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Ht.45-50 cm.,W.50 cm.
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!
More information coming soon
Plant Faire FAQ
Have a question about Plant Faire? 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.
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 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.
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
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!
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 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.
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!