We love when locals rediscover the gems blooming in their own backyards. Lisa Goodmurphy, who blogs about her family’s travel adventures at Gone With the Family, recently spent an afternoon stopping to smell the roses at Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens and checking out the amazing Earth Art exhibit, which is on display there until October 13th. Thanks for letting us share your story, Lisa.
Royal Botanical Gardens (the "RBG"), located in Burlington, Ontario, is both the largest botanical garden in Canada and a National Historic Site. Described as a living, interactive museum with gardens and nature sanctuaries, the RBG features numerous year-round events, entertainment and public programs that appeal to gardeners, nature lovers and families. There are guided tours and activities available but I always enjoy aimlessly wandering the various gardens. It makes me happy just to see the many vibrant flowers in bloom.
With so many varieties of colourful flowers and diverse gardens, Hendrie Park is a photographer's dream. It's tempting to try and capture each lovely bloom so I have to remind myself to pause and just enjoy the beauty without looking through the lens of the camera. For me, strolling the garden paths at this time of year is a mood-lifting experience. It's impossible not to feel a sense of peacefulness in the natural setting of the park.
earth art exhibition
On our recent visit to the RBG, Emma and I were able to see a number of pieces of art that are part of the current Earth Art Exhibition which opened on July 1st and runs through October 13, 2014. There are 16 works on display in the RBG Centre, Hendrie Park, Laking Garden and the Arboretum - eight of which are new this year.
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What You Need to Know:
- The Royal Botanical Gardens are located at 680 Plains Road West in Burlington, Ontario.
- The RBG includes the RBG Centre; Hendrie Park; Laking Garden; the Rock Garden (closed for rejuvenation until spring 2015); and the Arboretum.
- The RBG has 2,400 acres of land accessed by 27 km of walking trails.
- The Gardens are open year-round - generally daily 10am - 8pm. Check the RBG calendar for special events.
- Admission pricing is available on the website. Admission is free for children under the age of 4. Annual memberships are available.
- The property is smoke-free.
- Dogs on leashes are allowed in designated areas.
- The RBG is committed to accessibility. Wheelchairs are available for use free of charge. Service and companion animals are permitted in all buildings and garden areas. Persons with disabilities are required to pay full price, however, one attendant/caregiver receives complimentary admission.
- Interpretive guided tours and demonstrations are available seasonally - free with admission.
Thank you to Heart of Ontario and the Royal Botanical Gardens for inviting us to tour the gardens as media guests.