tightly grouped pink rose blooms with new garden in background

Featured Collection

Celebrate Roses!

We are excited to present our new garden starting June 23, 2018! The newest collection of roses are putting on a beautiful show in Hendrie Park, alongside benefical companion plants in this newly rejuvenated 2-acre garden. Come witness the over 2,500 new rose bushes, including hardy Canadian introductions.

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closeup of bright pink redbud blooms on branch

Plant of the Week

Paeonia - Peonies

The name Paeonia, stems from an ancient race of people known as the Paeonia’s. The geographic origin of this ancient race originally inhabited the whole Axius (Vardar) River valley and the surrounding areas in 490 BC in what is now northern Greece, Macedonia, and western Bulgaria. Peonies initially were grown for medicinal purposes with many cultivars hailing from China and Europe, where they were used to treat headache, asthma, and childbirth pain.

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Blooms by Garden Area

Check in to learn what you can see during your visit to Royal Botanical Gardens! Bloom information is updated weekly, posted before the weekend. Find more photos on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds!

Please note some blooms are very weather-dependant, and conditions may change quickly.

pink crabapple blooms

Arboretum

Lilac season is coming to an end, with only the late varieties remaining, along with some late-blooming crabapples.

pink magnolia blooms just starting to open

Rock Garden

Rock Garden is filling with colour as the perennials soak up the sun, including the bright red blooms of Weigela 'Red Prince' and the delicate blue blooms of Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain.' Doublefile viburnum can be found throughout all the garden areas with their stand-out white clusters of flowers, while visitor-favourite Allium hollandicum (Ornamental Onion) is just starting to open in the lower bowl.

small white blooms on green bush

RBG Centre

The aroma of fresh lilies is evident immediately upon entering the Breezeway, with a beautiful display of these visitor-favourites. Inside Mediterannean Garden, the large blue bristley blooms of Pride of Madeira are a standout on the lower level. 

small clusters of white viburnum flowers

Hendrie Park

The NEW Rose Garden opens this weekend, and is home to some brilliant blooms! Stop by Oak Allee where spring ephemerals continue to emerge within the raised border beds. At the Helen M. Kippax Garden, Podophyllum peltatum (May Apple) carpets the area with distinctive, deep green umbrella-like leaves. A single white flower with yellow anthers can now be spotted forming on the stem of each plant, to be followed by a single yellow fruit on those plants that are double-stalked.

 

grouping of white, flat blooms

Laking Garden

Though past peak bloom, the peony collection at Laking Garden is still a beautiful sight as these big, bright blooms continue to fill the lower level of the garden with colour. Don't forget to stop along the way to admire the perennials blooming along the stairway!

small yellow buttercup

Nature Sanctuaries

Jack in the Pulpit’s (Arisaema triphyllum) striking flowers are in bloom throughout the nature sanctuaries. Its unique flower is a hooded cup that surrounds a protruding club-shaped “Jack”.

Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia), a low-growing plant with delicate white flowers, and Pussytoes (Antennaria sp.), whose flower head resembles cat paws, are currently in bloom throughout the nature sanctuaries.

Early Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) bears a familiar fruit – but can you recognize the flowers? Spot its clusters of waxy, white, bell-shaped blooms in Hendrie Valley, Cootes Paradise, and Rock Chapel.


Seasonal 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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Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Celebrate Ontario program is generously supporting Blooms at RBG.


Iris beds in Laking Garden

Gardens and Trails

The ever-changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical outdoor plant collections, the indoor Mediterranean Garden, and 27 km of nature trails. Learn More

 

Pink Garden Roses in full bloom

New Rose Garden

Hendrie Park's Rejuvenated Rose Garden re-opens to the public June 23. This innovative new garden will feature hardy roses and companion plants for a season full of colour. Learn More

 

children smelling Bird of Paradise Flowers

Hours and Admission

We dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education to connect people, plants and place for the purpose of nurturing and preserving healthy growing life on our planet. Learn More