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Tea Week

Join us in the celebration of tea during RBG’s Tea Week 2021!

November 2 to 7, 2021

Whether from home or in-person, explore the world of tea and tisanes through a series of virtual lunch & learns and onsite workshops that will dive into the many ways to enjoy teas and tisanes. 

Tickets and Registration

Pre-registration is required!

Ticket Category Time Price
Single Lunch & Learn Session 30-Minutes (12:15 p.m.) $10
ALL Lunch & Learn Sessions 3 x 30-Minutes (12:15 p.m.) $25
Tea Dying A Silk Bandana 2 Hours (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) $40
Tea & Chocolate Tasting 1 Hour (1 to 2 p.m.) $65
The Art of the Blend 2 Hours (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) $40
Healing Garden Tour & Discussion 1 Hour (1 to 2 p.m. OR 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.) $15
  • All prices are subject to HST and applicable service charges.
  • Pre-registration is required (registration for each talk closes 11 p.m. the previous day)
  • RBG Members receive 10% off using the member discount code. Learn more about where to find the code.
  • pouring tea into fine china cup with formal high tea setup
  • Katie Cyr hosting virtual tea talk with laptop
  • Hands holding cup of yellow turmeric tea
  • Dried Green Tea Leaves

Speaker Schedule

Quick View Schedule. Full descriptions and speaker bios below

Date and Time Topic Speaker
Tuesday November 2
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Botany and Ecology of the Tea Plant Nadia Cavallin Alec Lindsay, RBG
Wednesday, November 3
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Fantastic Teas & Where to Find Them Aly Prokop, Geek + Tea 
Thursday, November 4
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Fall Weeds for Wellness Teas Dr. Felicia Assenza, Naturopathic Doctor
Saturday, November 6
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tea Dying a Silk Bandana (Sold Out) Beverly Allen, Natural Dyes Textile Artist
Saturday, November 6
1 to 2 p.m.
Tea & Chocolate Tasting (Sold Out) Katie Cyr, Monarch Tea Company
Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon The Art of The Blend (Sold Out) Amy Taylor, Tea and Tasseomancy
Sunday, November 7, 1 to 2 p.m., or
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Healing Garden Tour & Discussion: Designing a Modern Apothecary Garden Zoe Hayes
Dried Green Tea Leaves

Botany & Ecology of the Tea Plant
Tuesday Nov 2, 12:15 p.m.

30 minute talk by Nadia Cavallin Alec Lindsay, RBG

Virtual | $10 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

Join RBG’s Botany Team, Nadia Cavallin and Alec Lindsay to learn the bits and pieces of the tea plant, Camelia sinensisFrom the taxonomy to the ecology, we’ll discuss how to identify this plant and its parts, it’s favoured habitats, and test your knowledge along the way.  


Fantastic Teas & Where to Find Them
Wednesday Nov 3, 12:15 p.m.

30 minute talk by Aly Prokop, Geek + Tea

Virtual | $10 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

Look no further and join us on a discovery of how Geek+Tea sources its secret ingredients and how we grow the most delicious ingredients for our teas here in Hamilton, and across Ontario.  Join owner and grower Alyson as she shares her journey and love of tea, the rewards and challenges of being a first-generation female farmer , and how a backyard herb garden transformed into the geekiest tea shop in Canada.

About Aly Prokop, Geek+Tea

Aly Baker HeadshotMy name is Aly and I am the tea geek and plant nerd behind Geek+Tea. I have been studying plants my entire life and have made it into a career as a botanist and grower. And, I love tea. They go hand in hand – up late working on stats, need tea. Need to relax and enjoy an episode of Star Trek, need tea. Stressed out because a crop is failing or someone harvested the wrong plant, need tea. In general, there is always a need for tea. Currently I grow on 2 acres of family land and work with local backyard growers and gardeners, and 10 different herb and tea growers from around the world. Most of the herbs are grown on our property or wild-collected in the Canadian Shield on a family farm, and all purchased ingredients are certified organic and fair-trade. My ringtone is the theme from Harry Potter, and I wish I lived in a Hobbit hole, and I spend my evenings working on all of our out-of-this-world art. Get to know us and you’ll learn why plants are awesome and why you need tea, or as we say. “Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On, to boldly go where no tea has gone before!”

hand holding bouquet of chamomile flowers

Fall Weeds for Wellness
Thursday Nov 4, 12:15 p.m.

30 minute talk by Dr. Felicia Assenza, Naturopathic Doctor 

Virtual | $10 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

Join Naturopathic Doctor, Felicia Assenza, in learning about common, edible garden weeds that can be harvested in the fall and used sustainably and medicinally. In this 30-minute presentation, you will learn about the uses, benefits, safety, and risks of these plants.

About Dr. Felicia Assenza, Naturopathic Doctor

felicia assenza smiling outdoorsFelicia is a Naturopathic Doctor whose own healthcare experiences lead her to discover the benefits of naturopathic medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University, majoring in Biology & Psychology and went on to earn her Doctor of Naturopathy degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Felicia aims to share knowledge and experiences gained on her own journey to help others on their health journeys. Gentle curiosity guides her practice, and much time is spent in office visits exploring symptoms and making connections to discover their root cause. She also loves food and gardening and believes both are among the most powerful medicines.

tea dyed silk bandana

Tea Dying a Silk Bandana (Sold Out)
Saturday Nov 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In-person workshop by Beverly Allen, Natural Dyes Textile Artist

RBG Centre | $40 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

Join textile artist, Beverly Allen, to explore the beautiful colours botanicals can offer through the natural dyeing process. In this workshop, learn to dye a silk bandana using tea infusions and florals from RBG’s gardens. This program moves indoors during inclement weather.

About Beverly Allen, Natural Dyes Textile Artist

Beverly Allen headshot
Beverly Allen is a multi-media artist from Burlington. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, with further study in papermaking. Beverly has exhibited her paintings locally, nationally and internationally including the Canadian delegation to the Grand Palais’ Salon des Artistes Independants in 2017. Since 2017 she has studied and experimented with natural dyes on textiles and paper, investigating local Ontario plants. She has studied natural dyes with India Flint, Natalie Slopka at the Textile Arts Center in New York and ink making with Maida’s Tim McLaughlin. She is delighted to share her knowledge of capturing botanical colour at the RBG.

two cups of tea on a table next to a box of assorted truffles

Tea & Chocolate Tasting (Sold Out)
Saturday Nov 6, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

In-person workshop by Katie Cyr, Monarch Tea Company & Sommelier

RBG Centre | $65 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

Come and enjoy an afternoon with two of life’s greatest pleasures: tea and chocolate! Join Tea Sommelier and owner of The Monarch Tea Co., Katie Cyr, in an educational and interactive workshop involving the art of pairing tea with locally sourced chocolate from Beanermunky Chocolates in Dundas, Ontario. Katie brings together two very diverse worlds and shows attendees how to pair and enjoy different teas and chocolates together. We will sample six custom made gourmet chocolates paired with six unique teas and learn how to expand our palates and create our own pairings at home. Guests will learn how to “sip tea like a Sommelier” and leave the workshop with a renewed sense of appreciation for both tea & chocolate! You can learn more about Monarch Tea Co. at

About Katie Cyr, Monarch Tea Company & Sommelier

Katie Cyr sitting cross legged and holding a clear mug of tea.

Katie’s first experience with tea comes in the memory of drinking Irish Breakfast with her grandmother out of delicate teacups. Today, she carries the same reverence and passion for the art of tea into her day to day life. Katie founded The Monarch Tea Co. in late 2013 with the vision of bringing together the traditional eloquence of tea time with a modern twist. She currently offers her bespoke tea online and in select retailers while additionally offering interactive virtual tea workshops. As a certified Tea Sommelier through the Tea and Herb Association of Canada, Katie loves to explore the world of tea with others. Her

passions involve reading, cooking and spending time outdoors. Her favourite tea is Cream Earl Grey & Genmaicha. You can find Katie and Monarch Tea Co. at @monarchteaco on Instagram.

Loose tea in a teacup

The Art of the Blend (Sold Out)
Sunday, Nov 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In-person workshop by Amy Taylor, The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy

RBG Centre | $40 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

When it comes to teas, the skies are the limit for the different flavour profiles and ingredients one can use for making a blend. Sure, you can use anything to flavour a tea, but what is it that’s needed to make a really effective blend? By understanding the ingredients and the flavours that can be used for making a flavourful, insightful, healthful tea or tisane you will gain a greater appreciation for your daily brew. Amy will discuss how she addresses the flavours and materials for blending teas and tisanes. She also will teach you how to understand how certain flavours do and don’t work so your ingredients can be used in your blending experience. In this class you will have a hands on experience as you will be able to blend up your own personal blend to take home and enjoy! Notes and supplies included in the program. 

About Amy Taylor, The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy

amy taylor - headshotFor 30+ years Amy Taylor has been a Tea Enthusiast and a professional Tea Leaf and Card Reader. She is the sole owner of The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy’s Mystic Tearoom where she has her Tasseomancy Museum open to the public and see’s clients for consultation. Amy is a Certified THAC Tea Sommelier Professional and is a contributing writer for the Tea and Herb Association of Canada’s Herbal Modules for TAC Certified Tea Sommelier courses. Amy has contributed to many magazine and blogs as an authority on Tasseomancy and is also in the process writing a book about the Mystical Side of Tea.

Healing Garden

Healing Garden Tour and Discussion: Designing a Modern Apothecary Garden
Sunday, Nov 7, 1 to 2 p.m. (Sold Out) OR 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

In-person tour by Zoe Hayes

RBG Centre | $15 + Service Fee (M 10% off)

Walk through RBG’s newly designed healing garden. We will discuss the complexities of designing a medicinal garden in southern Ontario that incorporates plants from around the world, and how to honour the many traditions that have informed our understanding of them. We will discuss how we can think about respectfully working with plants and plant medicines including ethical harvesting and medicinal weeds.

About Zoe Hayes

Zoe HayesZoe is a farmer and plant lover who has worked with RBG’s horticulture and education team over the past several years to redesign and refresh the Medicinal Garden. After studying medicinal plants with local herbalist Danette Steele and completing a horticulture internship with RBG’s curator of collections in 2016, Zoe went on to learn about growing medicinal plants working at Maine’s, Avena Botanicals, a smallscale herbal apothecary and farm. Zoe now operates a collectively run seed, medicinal herb and food farm in Hamilton that is experimenting with ways to share their harvest.