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, July 13, 2019 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Voices from the Past

July 6, 7, 13, 14

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Keep an eye out for Isabella Preston while wandering through Hendrie Park. Hear her stories about her work as one of Canada’s first female horticulturists.

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 our Lily Collection in Hendrie Park between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekends (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 bringing Miss Preston to life for our guests.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Come to your Senses, Canada's Garden Paradise
Location: Hendrie Park
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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.


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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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