Royal Botanical Gardens

The summer holidays are already halfway over. Or, if you’re more of a glass-half-full kind of a person, there’s still half of the summer left to enjoy! Plenty of time to get out and experience some more local Burlington treasures, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG).

Elizabeth Plouffe, MyCV Photography

Elizabeth Plouffe, MyCV Photography

There’s lots to love about Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens:

Burlington is home to the largest botanical garden in Canada, with over 2,400 acres of nature sanctuaries and 27 kilometres of walking trails. You’re going to need more than just one day to take it all in.

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The Royal Botanical Gardens are all about educating people, including bus loads of school children, about the importance of plants and nature, how to be stewards of our environment and how to use best practices in our own back yards. The RBG’s mandate is to bring together people, plants and nature.

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Elizabeth Plouffe, MyCV Photography

Upcoming events at the RBG

The Royal Botanical Gardens are a hub of activity all year round, but be sure to check out some of these exciting happenings this summer:

  • Red-Hot Jazz & Cool Blues (Wednesdays) – Live music in the garden. Check out the summer’s line-up here.
  • Country Music Nights (Tuesdays) – home-grown Canadian Country talent. Check out the summer’s line-up here.
  • Edible Weekends – cooking demonstrations, sampling and educational programming. Find the schedule here.
  • Magic & Mischief – Explore an Enchanted Garden this weekend. Find details here.
  • ZimSculpt – a Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit. Find details here.
  • Teddy Bear Picnic – Teddy Bear themed activities for the young and young at heart. Labour Day weekend.
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There’s no need to hurry home for lunch when you come to the RBG. The Gardens’ Cafe and the Rose Garden Tea House at the Turner Pavilion offer a variety of delicious lunches, snacks or afternoon tea. Find a unique gift or something for your garden at Shop @ The Gardens.

With so much to do and see, check out the RBG’s Visitor Guide. It will help you plan your visit and make the most of your experience.

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Elizabeth Plouffe, MyCV Photography

There’s a whole wonderful world to explore in our own back yard, here in Burlington!


Thanks to Elizabeth Plouffe, MyCV Photography for the stunning photos she took on July 31 at the RBG and was kind enough to share with Burlington Lifestyle!

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