Featured Blooms

Plant of the Week: Crassula ovata – Jade Plant

Crassula ovata, commonly known as the Jade Plant, is a branched succulent shrub native to Mozambique and to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa. Genus name Crassula comes from the Latin word ‘crassus,’ meaning thick, referring to its thick leaves; while species name ovata refers to the shape and form being egg-shaped... Read More


Preparations are underway for the holiday season at Royal Botanical Gardens. At the Arboretum, deciduous trees continue to display varying degrees of colour as decreasing temperatures continue leaf fall within the garden. When travelling down Pinetum Trail, Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Sheridan Spire’ (Dawn Redwood) stands out with red-bronze needles among the coniferous evergreen trees.

Hendrie Park

Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis (Chinese Dogwood) is one of a few deciduous plant species displaying wonderful fall foliage without leaf fall at Hendrie Park. Don’t forget to grab tickets for Holiday Traditions, starting November 23rd!

Rock Garden

Head to the Dalglish Courtyard for the variegated leaves of Daphne × burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight' (Burkwood’s Daphne) that are a standout this week at Rock Garden. While there, be sure to take in our commissioned sculpture honouring RBG founder Thomas McQuesten. If you take the stairs to the lower garden area, Tsuga canadensis 'Albospica' (Canadian Hemlock) shows eye-catching dark evergreen needles tipped with white. Finally, Acer palmatum (Dissectum Group) 'Tamukeyama' (Japanese Maple) currently showcases spectacular purple-grey foliage!

RBG Centre

Be sure to visit RBG Centre on November 18th for the Botanical Train Display. Arbutus unedo 'Elfin King' (Strawberry Tree) is currently blooming close to the entrance of the Mediterranean Garden, as well as further inside the main floor area.

Laking Garden

Please note Laking Garden is closed for the season, effective September 29. See you in the spring!

Nature Sanctuaries

Many of the asters are still blooming throughout the nature sanctuaries, including Heath Aster. Fall is here and fungi are in full swing! Look for colourful polypores on dead logs throughout the nature sanctuaries.

Bloom Times

Bloom time is often influenced by many natural events including temperature and climate. As these can vary from year to year bloom times are influenced by these factors. Below you will find ‘average’ bloom times for a number of RBG’s collections but please bear in mind that if we experience an early or late spring, bloom times could shift up to 10 days earlier or 10 days later.

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