This Weekend at RBG: May 25 and 26

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.

Summer hours are here! Starting May 4, all five garden areas will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Biodiversity Celebration

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided tours, and much more await you on this activity-packed celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity.

 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

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Discover Lilacs

Daily, May 17 to 29

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

Discover the seven colours of lilacs and learn about our world-renowned lilac collection.

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Guided Tour: History of Lilacs

Daily, May 17 to 29

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Arboretum

Follow a Garden Interpreter as they walk you through the story of our lilac collection. Meet at the start of the Lilac Walk.

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Peter Mathers

Saturday May 18

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Arboretum

Enjoy music in the lilac dell from classical guitarist Peter Mathers. Peter has many musical influences such as jazz, flamenco, and popular music.

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Voices from the Past

May 18 to 20, 25, 26, June 1, 2

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Arboretum

Keep an eye out for Isabella Preston while wandering through our Lilac Collection. Hear her stories about her work as one of Canada’s first female horticulturalists. Learn More >>

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Wildflower Walk

Saturday and Sunday

1:30 p.m.; Arboretum

Join a Garden Interpreter for a guided walk along our trails and see what wildflowers are in bloom! Meet at the Nature Interpretive Centre front deck.

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History of Hendrie Park Heritage Walk

Saturday May 25

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ; Hendrie Park

Learn about the history of RBG’s most popular garden area and hear the stories of the people who have changed this landscape and left their mark. Meet in the tunnel.

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Discovery Packs


10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Arboretum

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.

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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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Mindfullness While Walking

Sundays, May 12, 26, June 2 to 23

10 to 11 a.m.; Location Alternates

RBG Experiences Lauren Anastasi, working with the philosophy of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, guides you to focus on the physical experience of walking and to be aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations, as well as commune with nature.

Fee: $75 or $15 for each class. Pre-registration required.

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Urban Beekeeping Series

Sunday May 26

2 to 4 p.m.; RBG Centre

RBG Experiences Veteran beekeeping instructors and honey bee breeders, Luc Peters and Dan Douma of Humble Bee, give you hands-on experience with managing hives and provide you with simple steps to support honeybees and other important pollinators, to keep your own bees or just learn about their care. TOPIC: Plan the Season and Check the Spring Hive

Fee: $50. Pre-registration required.

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Birding for Families

Sunday May 26

2 to 4 p.m.; Nature Interpretive Centre

RBG Experiences RBG offers birding walks for adults but this walk is for families to see and learn about birds. Many birds are back from the south and are very active to build their nests. Bring your binoculars and be amazed at the variety

Fee: $12 Child (4 to 12 years), Free child (3 and under), $18 Adult. 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

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.

May 26: Cootes South Shore; meet at the Aviary parking lot on Oak Knoll Drive, Hamilton.

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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

NOTE: Admission currently applies at the Arboretum.

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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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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 starting May 18

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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