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Royal Botanical Gardens


The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest of its kind in Canada and is a National Historic Site. Covering over 1100 hectares the RBG has 4 distinct formal gardens:

  • Hendrie Park, is a vast garden system containing various plants that range from brightly colored flowers to medicinal and native plants grown in a garden design.
  • Laking Garden, is home to RBG's herbaceous perennial collection grown in various fertile terraced plains.
  • Rock Garden, built in the 1930's the rock garden was RBG's first show garden that highlighted various stair cases, linked ponds, bridges and waterfalls. It is however closed until Spring 2015 for a major remodelling.
  • Arboretum, is more like an English landscape park than a garden. Here you will see a variety of tress and woody plants that are especially beautiful during the spring and fall.

And 27 km's of nature trails.

Open year round the RBG's mission is "to promote the public's understanding of the relationship between the plant world, society and the environment [...], and strive to be a global leader in how we use plants in bringing people, places and sustainable behaviour together".

In doing so RBG has worked hard to protect and restore over 2450 acres of nature sanctuaries and sensitive habitats where over 50 species at risk have made their home.

RBG also continues to foster the relationship between nature and human society through various community and volunteer events held throughout the year which range from clean ups to music nights in the gardens.

RBG Location

Directions from McMaster University: