This Weekend at RBG: March 14 and 15

There's always something new at RBG! Check back each week for an updated list of tours, events, classes, entertainment, and more! For information on future weekends and the weekday schedule, check out the RBG visitor events calendar.

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March 14 and 15 Programming Change: Join us for extra Turtle Talks during the previously scheduled Meet the Animals Shows.

Winter Exhibit: Wildlife Rescue

January 18 to April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enter the fascinating world of Wildlife Rescue, an eye-opening, inspiring and wildly interactive exhibit for all ages! Every day is filled with family activities and weekends feature live animal guests from local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Discovery and Entertainment

Weekends at RBG are full of tours, activities, family entertainment, and more! There are lots of ways to learn and engage with and discover the incredible world of plants. Location and time subject to change; please check with the kiosk staff upon arrival for up to date schedule.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

interpreter reading book to children

Escarpment Train Exhibit

March 14 to 22

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rock Garden

RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history.

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Saturday and Sunday

10:45 a.m.; RBG Centre

Listen to wild tales and hear about amazing animals.

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Citizen Science Saturdays


12 p.m.; RBG Centre

Join us on Saturdays during the Winter Exhibit to find out how you can help with citizen science projects.

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Sunday Special Guest


12 p.m.; RBG Centre (self-guided)

RBG is pleased to welcome special guests to share their passion and expertise. Join us on Sundays for a new guest speaker each week.

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Turtle Talk

Saturday and Sunday

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.; RBG Centre

Join us for an intimate encounter with a turtle that calls RBG home.

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Outdoor Walk

Saturday and Sunday

2 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Take a 30-minute guided walk in Hendrie Park to learn how plants and wildlife survive the winter and how our gardens help.

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Mini-Exhibit: A Place to Grow

February 23 to March 22

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Rock Garden

This mini-exhibit explores early gardening in Ontario through images and excerpts from the mail-order catalogues of seed companies operating here between 1850 and 1950.

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Gardening Information

Open Thursday to Sunday

12 to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

Visit the Gardening Information Desk at RBG Centre for anwers to your gardening questions from our expert volunteers!

Courses and Programs

Let your mind grow at the Gardens! We offer over 200 courses and workshops for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness. All programs require pre-registration. Learn more and find your next course at

 Pre-Registration Required

needle felted monarch

Creative Easter Paper Flowers

Saturday March 14

2 to 4:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Lianne Tsia, Paper and Luxe, gives stepby- step instructions on how to create your own beautiful flowers in fabulous spring colours of your choice.

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Luck O' the Irish Afternoon Tea

Sunday, March 15

2 to 4:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Join Linda Barnett of The Travelling TeaRoom and enjoy a menu infused with traditional Irish flavours for a festive St. Patrick’s Day afternoon tea feast.

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On the Trails

RBG's nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites. Learn more at

 Parking charges apply.

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Back to Nature Hike

Each Sunday

2 p.m.; Location Rotates

Each Sunday of the month our volunteer Back to Nature hike leaders offer free guided hikes through the vast ecosystems of RBG’s lands, allowing people to familiarize themselves with the area so they can continue to explore with their friends and family.

March 15: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Interpretive Centre.

 Free Guided Hike! Parking charges apply.

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Self-Guided Hike

Trails Open Daily

Dawn to Dusk

Spring is in full swing and RBG trails are alive with nature’s wonders! Highlights include migratory birds, Cootes Paradise Fishway, Bald Eagles, and forest wildflowers (spring ephemerals) in full bloom. Find maps and more at

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Dine and Shop

With two restaurants and a teahouse on site, Royal Botanical Gardens is your destination for dishes inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Learn more at and

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Greenhouse Café

Open Daily

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

At the Greenhouse Café you’ll find fresh, seasonal ingredients on a new menu that incorporates local produce, meats and cheeses and features wines and craft brews exclusive to Ontario.

Reservations recommended.

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Shop @ the Gardens

Open Daily

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Shop @ the Gardens is known for its distinctive merchandise including gardening accents and tools, containers and statuary, home décor, jewelry and fashion, educational games and toys for children, gardening and nature books, and more.

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Hours and Admission

Learn everything you need to enjoy your time in the gardens! Online tickets available for purchase.

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Parking and Directions

RBG cosists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve. Parking is available at the various garden areas and trailheads.

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Upcoming Events

RBG hosts events year-round, from blooms celebrations, to performing arts, to holiday celebrations

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