Festivals and Events Calendar

Current seasonal hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Some events are included in your general admission / membership, while others require separate ticketing or registration. Click the activity you are interested in for more details.

Looking a few months ahead? Check out the event listings at rbg.ca/events

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Voices from the Past

Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

black and white photo of actor portraying Isabella Preston

Voices from the Past

May 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, June 1, 2

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

(May 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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.

Isabella Preston (1881-1965) was Canada’s first female plant hybridizer. Over a 26-year career with the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa she introduced almost 200 cultivated varieties of lilacs, lilies, crabapples and roses suitable for Canada’s cold climate. We’re thrilled to provide an opportunity for you to meet “the grand dame of Canadian horticulture” while she visits her Preston lilacs in the Arboretum between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekends and Victoria Day (weather-permitting).

Miss Preston’s visit has been supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation with the help of the Players Guild of Hamilton. Our thanks to Moe Dwyer of the Guild for bring Miss Preston to life for our guests.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Location: Arboretum
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Please note the daily events / activities listed here may be located in different garden areas from other events occuring on the same day. Please check the location in each listing, and consider travel time between gardens when creating your schedule for the day. General Admission paid at one garden area will allow you access into all other gardens for that same day. Click here for an overview of all our gardens and trails.