This Weekend at RBG: July 13 and 14

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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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

pine needles

Discover Evergreens

Saturday and Sunday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rock Garden

Uncover the difference between evergreens and conifers and explore the wide diversity in Rock Garden.

perennial plants at Rock Garden

Guided Tour: Rock Garden

Weekends, June 28 to September 1

1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Rock Garden

Follow an interpreter and explore some of the unique features of our Rock Garden.

pink and orange roses

Guided Tour: Rose Garden

Weekends, July 6 to 21

11 a.m.; Hendrie Park

Discover our new world-class sustainable Rose Garden with it’s hardy roses and beneficial companion plants.

vegetable garden

Guided Tour: Veggie Village

Weekends, July 6 to 28, August 10 and 11

2:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Follow a Garden Interpreter around Veggie Village as they show you different ways you can grow your own food.

scented garden

Guided Tour: Come to Your Senses

Daily, June 28 to September 1

Daily, 1 p.m.; Hendrie Park
Weekends, 11 a.m.; Rock Garden

Join a Garden Interpreter to awaken your all your senses and experience the delightful world of plants.


Discover Garlic

Saturday and Sunday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Discover how to plant and preserve this tasty and versatile plant. Part of Edible Weekends.

small red strawberry on plant

Cooking Demonstration

Sunday July 7

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Join us for a cooking demonstration by a local chef during Edible Weekends. Recipes are available at the Discovery Cart.

colourful backpacks

Discovery Packs


10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Rock Garden

Borrow a Discovery Pack from the Discovery Cart to take with you around the Gardens. These packs are complete with activity books and other tools to help you explore.

volunteer with plants

Gardening Information

Open Daily

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

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Paddling in Paradise

Saturdays June 1 to August 17

9 a.m.; Nature Interpretive Centre

RBG Experiences Explore Cootes Paradise by canoe to get a glimpse of the astounding life that depends on the health of the marsh for its survival. We supply canoes, paddles and life jackets, you bring your camera and binoculars.

Fee: $40/person/tour Pre-registration required.

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Oaks and Acorns Nature Play

Saturdays, July 6 to August 31

9 to 11 a.m.; Nature Interpretive Centre

Pre-School Programs Move, create, and discover during our morning early-years programs for children and caregivers. This nature-based program for 2-5 year-olds is designed to inspire a life-long love of nature and the outdoors.

Fee: $18 per child for one date, $125 for all dates. Pre-registration required.

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kippax garden

Native Plants in Nature and in the Garden

Sunday, July 21

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; RBG Centre

RBG Experiences Visit Helen M. Kippax Garden and enjoy discussions from complementary horticultural and botanical perspectives on the native plants of Ontario.

Fee: $18 per child for one date, $125 for all dates. Pre-registration required.

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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

10 a.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.

July 21: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Interpretive Centre.

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aerial view of boardwalk through Hendrie Valley

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

eating at the Greenhouse Cafe

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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eating at the Greenhouse Cafe

Rock Garden Café

Open Daily

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rock Garden

RBG’s newest restaurant features an eclectic, brunch-style menu that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many picked straight from our gardens. The café’s outdoor patio provides an inspiring bird’s-eye view of the garden’s rejuvenated lower bowl, a perfect spot to relax.

Reservations recommended.

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Turner Pavilion Teahouse

Open Daily

Fri to Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Mon to Thurs: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Hendrie Park

Surrounded by Hendrie Park's new, innovative Rose Garden, the teahouse offers the ideal spot to relax in nature’s tranquility while enjoying a light snack and a cup of soothing tea.

General admission applies.

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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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